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January 6 committee focuses on the Proud Boys & the Trump campaign raising $250M off the big lie

Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

On this edition of Your Call, we'll continue our discussion about the House committee hearings to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

According to interviews with Donald Trump's inner circle, there were competing factions in the Trump White House: one that tried to convince him that the election results were legitimate, and the other, led by Rudy Giuliani, who continually pushed the big lie. Former Attorney General Bill Bar described Trump as "detached from reality" in his efforts to overturn the election. In response, The New Yorker's Jane Mayer tweeted: Yet when Barr resigned, he praised Trump to the hilt, and never revealed he thought Trump was either “detached from reality” or willfully lying, or both.

The committee also followed the money and revealed that Trump and his allies scammed money from supporters over false claims of election fraud. The campaign raised $250 million after sending out relentless emails to supporters, sometimes 25 per day. The last fundraising email on the topic was sent a half-hour before the Capitol attack.

Guests:

Jeet Heer, national affairs correspondent for The Nation, host of the weekly Nation podcast, The Time of Monsters, and author of the monthly Nation column, Morbid Symptoms

Donald Sherman, senior vice president and chief counsel at Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, or CREW

Web Resources:

Rolling Stone: Trump Scammed Supporters Out of $250 Million for Nonexistent Fraud Fund

Vox: 4 things we learned from Monday’s January 6 hearing

The Nation: Trump's Coup Plot Relied on Guiliani's Inebriated Lies

The New York Times: Trump’s inner circle pushed back as he claimed the election was stolen

The Guardian: How a documentary film-maker became the January 6 panel’s star witness

The Nation: Where the January 6 insurrection hearings go next

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio. Follow @bee_soll for Bay Area news!