Trump pressuring Pence over election is focus of next Jan. 6 hearing: Cheney
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Thursday's Jan. 6 hearing will focus on former President Trump's efforts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence into overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Driving the news: Cheney, the vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee, said in a newly released video that the hearing will spotlight Trump's "relentless efforts" to convince Pence to refuse to count the electoral votes.
- In the video, Cheney said Trump plotted with attorney John Eastman and others to overturn the election.
- Cheney's video included footage of Trump's White House adviser Eric Herschmann telling the Jan. 6 committee that he urged Eastman on Jan. 7 to hire a good criminal defense lawyer because "you’re going to need it.”
Catch up quick: Back in March, a federal judge said that Trump and Eastman "launched a campaign to overturn a democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history."
- Eastman helped Trump develop a plan to pressure Pence into overturning the results of the 2020 election, Axios previously reported.
Worth noting: The Jan. 6 committee public hearing originally scheduled for Wednesday was postponed.
- That hearing was meant to focus on the Department of Justice and Trump's efforts to use the DOJ to challenge the 2020 election results, Axios' Erin Doherty writes.
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