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Former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien will not testify before the House Select Committee on January 6 due to a “family emergency”, the committee announced on Monday.
Stepien was originally scheduled to be the star witness for Monday’s hearing. The event will be the committee’s second public hearing, having kicked off with last week’s prime-time hearing.
The hearing was delayed approximately 45 minutes from its 10 a.m. ET start time due to Stepien’s absence.
Stepien has previously testified before the committee in private, and the committee may choose to release footage of that appearance. Stepien’s legal counsel will enter a statement for the record on Monday regardless.
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Details of Stepien’s emergency have yet to be released.
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Monday’s hearing is expected to focus on former President Donald Trump’s efforts to spread baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
However, some conservatives have already dismissed the committee hearings as a “sham”. “Life, Liberty and Levin” host Mark Levin argued that the hearings are little more than a witch hunt launched against my Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
“It’s a sham. It will go down in history as a dark mark on the American political system,” Levin said.
“We can’t see it now, [but] the crowd controls, the crowd drives the media, the propaganda is at full throat, you can’t see it now, but history has a way of making events sobering. And we will see this one day as an outrageous attack on our system, on the former president, on dozens of people who he really is,” he added.
“It’s an abomination to the American system, not just to justice, but to our parliamentary and representative system.”
This is a developing story. Check back soon for updates.
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