Trump Lunged At Secret Service Agent In Rage When Told He Couldn’t Go To Capitol On Jan. 6, Aide Testifies

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TRUMP KNEW BEFORE JAN. 6 THAT “THE PROUD BOYS” WERE FULLY ARMED WITH AK-47 FULLY AUTOMATIC RIFLES, HANDGUNS, KNIVES, AND BRASS KNUCKLES AND LOOKING TO HANG MIKE PENCE. DURING TRUMP’S SPEECH BEFORE GOING TO THE CAPITAL SECURITY HAD METAL DETECTORS SET UP IN FRONT OF TRUMPS PODIUM. THE PROUD BOYS WHO WERE ARMED WANTED TO GET RIGHT UP FRONT TO THE STAGE LIKE TRUMP INSTRUCTED THEM, BUT BECAUSE OF ALL THE WEAPONS THEY FEARED SECURITY WOULD TAKE THEM, AND THEY WOULD ALL GO TO JAIL. THIS REALLY PISSED OFF TRUMP!! HE SCREAMED FOR THE METAL DETECTORS TO BE REMOVED SO HIS CRIMINAL MISFITS COULD COME IN AND MOVE RIGHT UP IN FRONT OF THE STAGE…

TRUMP BY THIS TIME WAS LOSING IT BECAUSE HIS SECURITY TEAM KNEW THERE WERE SERIOUS SECURITY BREECHES AT THE CAPITAL AND EVERY TIME HE DEMANDED THE SECURITY DETAIL THAT HE NEEDS TO GE TO THE CAPITAL ASAP THEY WOULD TELL HIM NO, NO, NO WE ARE GOING TO THE WHITE HOUSE INSTEAD………PapaMike

Just a thought, Cassidy Hutchinson was sworn in under oath and TRUMP WAS SPEAKING ON “SOCIAL MEDIA”…..So who are you going to believe? There’s a picture at the bottom of this article that maybe could help you decide. ( unless you’re a member of The Proud Boys ) Their motto is, “Don’t Confuse Me With The FACTS, My Mind Is Already Made Up )………PapaMike

  • Ex-President Donald Trump lunged at a Secret Service agent in a limousine when, for  security reasons was told he could not be taken to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a former White House aide testified.
  • “I’m the ‘THE FUCKING PRESIDENT, take me up to the Capitol now!” Trump insisted, said Cassidy Hutchinson, describing what she was told had happened in the limo that day.
  • Hutchinson, who worked for Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, revealed the incident to the select House committee investigating the Capitol riot.
  • Trump wanted to go to the Capitol that day after urging supporters at a rally to “fight” against the confirmation of the Electoral College victory of President Joe Biden.

Former President Donald Trump lunged at a Secret Service agent in a rage in the presidential limousine when told he could not be taken to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a former White House aide testified Tuesday.

“I’m the ‘effing’ president, take me up to the Capitol now!” Trump insisted, according to the aide, Cassidy Hutchinson, describing what she was told had happened in the limo that day.

Trump also grabbed the steering wheel of the limo in a fury after learning he would not be taken there, Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson, who had served as a top aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, revealed the dramatic incident for the first time at an abruptly scheduled hearing of the select House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Trump had wanted to go to the Capitol that day after speaking at a rally outside of the White House to supporters, whom he urged to march with him to Congress and “fight” against the ongoing confirmation of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

But White House lawyers were strongly opposed to Trump doing so, fearing that it could lead to charges of inciting a riot or interfering with the Electoral College certification process.

Pat Cipollone, who had the time was Trump’s White House counsel, warned staff “we’re going to get charged with every crime imaginable” if Trump went to Capitol, Hutchinson testified.

But she said that when Trump ended his rally outside the White House on Jan. 6, he got into the presidential limo, known as “The Beast,” with Secret Service Special Agent Bobby Engel while still under the impression from Meadows that it was still possible for him to go to the Capitol and likely to happen.

Cassidy Hutchinson, who was an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump, demonstrates Trump’s actions inside the presidential limousine on January 6 as she testifies during a public hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 28, 2022.
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Engel was the head of Trump’s protective detail.

“So once the President had gotten into the vehicle with Bobby, he thought that they were going up to the Capitol, and when Bobby had relayed to him, we’re not you don’t have the assets to do it,” said Hutchinson, who testimony was based on what she soon after was told at White House by another aide, Tony Ornato.

Engel told Trump, ” ‘It’s not secure. We’re going back to the West Wing,’ ” Hutchinson said.

“The President had a very strong, very angry response to that. Tony described him as being irate,” she testified.

Trump said something like, ′ I’m the effing president, take me up to the Capitol now,′ ” she testified.

When Engel then refused again, Trump “reached up towards the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel. Mr. Engel grabbed his arm, said, ‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing,’ ” Hutchinson said, citing Ornato’s account.

Trump “then used his free hand to lunge toward Bobby Engel,” Hutchinson testified.

When Onato told her this, he motioned his hands toward his clavicle, she said.

Hutchinson also testified that when she saw Engel at the White House after the incident, he was sitting and looking “somewhat discombobulated” and “lost.”

Trump denied Hutchinson’s account and criticized her in a series of posts on his social media site.

“Her Fake story that I tried to grab the steering wheel of the White House Limousine in order to steer it to the Capitol Building is ‘sick’ and fraudulent, very much like the Unselect Committee itself — Wouldn’t even have been possible to do such a ridiculous thing,” Trump wrote.

Increasingly Abandoned And Isolated, Will Trump Burn it All Down?

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BY MAX BURNS, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 06/23/22

After the better part of a decade wielding a political brand as untouchable as any in memory, former President Trump is now experiencing a strange feeling: abandonment. In races large and small unfolding in states across the country, the same Republican candidates who months ago clamored for Trump’s endorsement are now in a race to toss the former president overboard.

It isn’t hard to see why. In an electorate with plenty of tailwinds for Republicans — President Biden’s struggles with inflation and a rightward shift of critical Hispanic voters, to name just two — Trump remains one of the most disliked politicians in America. An Economist-YouGov poll released last week found a majority of Americans disapprove of Trump, and a RealClearPolitics trend map shows Trump’s popularity problem is getting worse over time.

It’s no coincidence that Trump’s unfavorable ratings are spiking in June, as the Jan. 6 committee blankets the media with shocking stories of just how closely Trump stage-managed last year’s attempt to overturn a free and fair election. And it’s clear Americans are listening: More than 20 million Americans tuned in to the first week of hearings. As Trump would say, the ratings have been yuge.

Republicans who were more than willing to accept Trump’s primary endorsement are now understandably nervous about linking their political fortunes to a potential insurrection leader. Even some of Trump’s personal favorites are beginning to jump ship: On Wednesday, Axios’s Andrew Solender reported that Pennsylvania Senate candidate Mehmet Oz had unceremoniously stripped Trump’s name and image from his website. Solender also found that Oz’s social media, which mentioned Trump more than 70 times between his endorsement and primary day, hasn’t been eager to tout their connection during the heat of the Jan. 6 committee hearings.

The purge went as far as dropping the idea that Trump ever endorsed Oz. “Oz’s Twitter bio no longer advertised him as the ‘Trump Endorsed Candidate for U.S. Senate,’” Solender reports. “[Oz] hasn’t tweeted about Trump since May 17,” over a month ago. And on the Trump-owned social network Truth Social, where Oz maintains an account, Solender notes that Oz’s once-frequent mentions of Trump have abruptly come to a halt.

Trump’s problem isn’t limited to Pennsylvania. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is widely regarded as Trump’s most formidable 2024 primary opponent, announced he wouldn’t even bother asking for Trump’s endorsement for his reelection bid. Declining to seek an endorsement is one thing, but DeSantis’s decision to publicize his move also sends a clear message to Trump: Who needs you?

One challenge facing Republican candidates eager to access Trump’s supporters and money without sparking voter fury? Many of the former president’s loudest critics in Jan. 6 committee hearings have been prominent Republicans with otherwise clean records of stalwart party loyalty — criticism of Donald Trump aside.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his deputy Gabriel Sterling offered searing testimony about just how insistently Trump demanded they fraudulently falsify Georgia’s popular vote results. Revered conservative jurist J. Michael Luttig openly accused Trump of cheerleading a “war on democracy” on Jan. 6. With 6 in 10 Americans now saying Trump should be criminally charged for inciting the insurrection, there’s evidence the committee’s storytelling is sinking in across partisan lines. It’s harder for Trump-endorsed candidates to activate the GOP’s formidable donor network when a growing number of rank-and-file Republican voters think Donald Trump is a federal criminal.

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‘Better Than President Trump’: DeSantis’ Clout Swells In The West

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For the second year in a row, DeSantis won a straw poll at “the largest gathering of conservatives in the Western United States.”

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is building momentum in the West, a region that’s home to a series of upcoming GOP primaries that will test Donald Trump’s hold on Republicans there.

Over the weekend, DeSantis topped Trump in the annual Western Conservative Summit’s straw poll, with 71 percent of participants wanting the Florida governor to run for president in 2024 compared to 57 percent for Trump. The next closest was 28 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

It was the second year in a row DeSantis bested the former president at the summit, an annual gathering of around 2,000 party activities just outside of Denver.

That straw poll comes on the heels of DeSantis also running neck-and-neck with Trump in a new University of Nevada, Reno survey asking voters in the state to rate potential 2024 candidates. DeSantis received the highest favorability score of any Republican with all voters — 48 percent compared to Trump’s 42 percent — but was bested by Trump, 73-69, when just Republicans were counted.

“There is no real party standard-bearer at the moment, and DeSantis in many eyes is starting to define the post-Trump party,” said Tyler Sandberg, a veteran Republican GOP operative, based in Colorado. “He fights more about policy and less on his Twitter account.”

DeSantis’ rising popularity in the region coincides with his ascent nationally with conservatives initially drawn to him because he largely kept Florida’s economy open during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. But topping Trump two years in a row at an event dubbed “the largest gathering of conservatives in the Western United States” highlights his growing reputation with Republicans in that part of the country.

“It did not surprise me that DeSantis did well, but, yeah, it kind of surprised me that he did better than President Trump, again,” said Dick Wadhams, a veteran Colorado Republican consultant and former chair of that state’s Republican Party. “I go to a lot of Republican events and have sensed for some time that even with Republicans DeSantis has quite an appeal because of his success as governor of Florida.”

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NATO To Dramatically Increase Forces On High Alert To Over 300,000 From 40,000 Amid Russia Threat

Units deployed across eight eastern and southeastern NATO countries to deter Russia hostilities will rise in size from 1,000-strong battlegroups to brigades, which comprise around 3,000-5,000 troops with more war-fighting equipment in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

British soldiers mount armoured vehicles on manoeuvres in Estonia on NATO exercise Bold Dragon

NATO will significantly increase the number of forces on high alert to over 300,000 from 40,000 as part of the biggest overhaul of the alliance’s defences since the Cold War.

With Vladimir Putin‘s invasion of Ukraine changing the security environment across Europe, the head of the alliance also confirmed that allies will expand troop deployments in NATO countries that sit closest to Russia.

Ukraine is not a member of NATO.

The decisions will be set out at a landmark summit this week in Madrid.

“Together, this constitutes the biggest overhaul of our collective deterrence and defence since the Cold War,” Jens Stoltenberg said, in a briefing at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Monday.

‘The Dog That Caught The Car’: Republicans Brace For The Impact Of Reversing Roe

 

Everything was going right for Republicans in the midterm campaign. Then the Supreme Court decision came down.

Republicans finally got the Roe v. Wade decision they wanted, and in public, they are delighted.

More quietly, however, according to interviews with more than a dozen Republican strategists and party officials, they just didn’t want it to come right now — not during a midterm election campaign in which nearly everything had been going right for the GOP.

“This is not a conversation we want to have,” said John Thomas, a Republican strategist who works on House campaigns across the country. “We want to have a conversation about the economy. We want to have a conversation about Joe Biden, about pretty much anything else besides Roe … This is a losing issue for Republicans.”

The decision, issued Friday, was a landmark victory for conservatives who have held up overturning Roe as an ambition of near-biblical significance, fundraising, organizing and legislating off opposition to abortion rights for nearly half a century.

But it’s a victory that will almost certainly come at a cost. In Republican circles, a consensus has been forming for weeks that the court’s overturning of a significant — and highly popular — precedent on a deeply felt issue will be a liability for the party in the midterms and beyond, undercutting Republicans to at least some degree with moderates and suburban women.

Before Roe came down, said a former Republican congressman familiar with the party’s campaign operation, “Everything was going our way. Gas is above $5. Inflation is a giant problem.”

“The only thing [Democrats] have got going for them is the Roe thing, which is what, 40 years of settled law that will be changed that will cause some societal consternation,” said the former congressman, granted anonymity to speak candidly. “And can they turn that into some turnout? I think the answer is probably ‘Yes.’”

“Maybe instead of losing 45 seats, they lose 30,” he said, while at a minimum, “there will be a few seats that Republicans would have won without [the abortion rights decision], and they may not win them now.”

Almost no political professional — Republican or Democrat — expects the court’s decision on abortion to upend the electoral landscape severely enough to keep Republicans from winning the House in November. In recent elections, abortion has not been the motivating issue that Democrats once anticipated it might be, and even polling earlier this month, when Roe was widely expected to be overturned, had abortion falling below other concerns, including jobs and the economy, as an issue of significance to voters.

“You go to any diner in America, and nobody’s talking about this,” said Dave Carney, a national Republican strategist based in New Hampshire. “That’s not what’s driving the conversation. Real people, working people, people who vote, are talking about the incompetence of the president, and then they go down the list of six or seven things,” including the rising price of goods and the recent baby formula shortage.

The problem for Republicans with the Roe decision is that it’s giving Democrats something to grasp onto in an otherwise bleak year — the kind of issue that may animate some lower-propensity voters, including young Democrats, to turn out in November, and blunt the GOP’s appeals to independent voters, a majority of whom also support Roe, according to Gallup.

Republicans, said Sarah Longwell, a moderate Republican strategist who became a vocal supporter of Joe Biden in 2020, are now “the dog that caught the car.”

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Biologists Catch Record-Breaking 215-Pound Burmese Python In Florida Everglades

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  • Conservancy biologists in Florida caught an almost 18-foot-long, 215-pound Burmese python.
  • The invasive snake is the biggest Burmese python ever found in state’s Everglades.
  • The python was caught in December, but wasn’t made public until this week – when National Geographic published an exclusive story about the program.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Conservancy biologists caught the biggest Burmese python ever found in Florida’s Everglades: an almost 18-foot-long, 215-pound female loaded with 122 eggs.

The record-breaking invasive snake was deep in the scrub of Picayune Strand State Forest in Florida’s Collier County, where a radio-equipped male “scout” snake named Dion led researchers to her.

Though scientists prefer not to make guesses, wildlife biologist Ian Bartoszek says there’s a good chance the massive matriarch might well be one of the original pet snakes released into the wild decades ago.

In recent years, pythons have gone off like a bomb in the Everglades, devastating populations of native mammals including rabbits, opossum and white-tailed deer – creatures that should feed the endangered Florida panthers instead of introduced Asian reptiles.

So successfully have the pythons adapted to their new niche, says Bartoszek, environmental science project manager for the Conservancy, that, “We may have more Burmese pythons in south Florida than in southeast Asia,” where numbers are dwindling as habitat disappears.

Invasive pythons slither north in Everglades:May mean snake ‘population is expanding’ in Florida   

Removing them will help the whole system return to health, says Conservancy of Southwest Florida CEO Rob Moher. “We’re spending $16 billion to restore the Everglades – it’s one of the most ambitious restoration projects in the history of the world and it’s on our doorstep here (and) you have this” he says, gesturing to the gigantic python spread on a lab table for a group of journalists, “in the middle of the western Everglades.”

“So, is there a future where the western Everglades is silent? Imagine going out and there’s no wildlife, no bird life because this apex predator is just devouring what is out there.”

The snake on the table had been dead more than six months. Though she was bagged last December, National Geographic was writing an exclusive story about the program that wasn’t published until Tuesday, so scientists “weren’t allowed to share anything until it released,” said Conservancy spokeswoman Katy Hennig.

The python was euthanized shortly after capture, though Hennig would not say how – only that the technique was humane and veterinarian-approved.

Her carcass will be used for science, with tissue samples going to various institutions – “Sky’s the limit on what we can do with the genetics,” Bartoszek said – and her skeleton likely used as a teaching tool.

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Your Questions About the Jan 6. House Committee, Answered

 

 

Follow live updates on the House committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

After spending nearly a year investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the House select committee that was tasked with scrutinizing the riot is holding a series of public hearings to lay out the full magnitude of former President Donald J. Trump’s attempts to remain in power after the 2020 election.

Here’s how to better understand the proceedings:

 
 

Who is on the Jan. 6 House committee?

 

There are nine members of Congress on the House select committee that is scrutinizing the causes of the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. They are:

  • Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi

  • Representative Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California

  • Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California

  • Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois

  • Representative Pete Aguilar, Democrat of California

  • Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming

  • Representative Stephanie Murphy, Democrat of Florida

  • Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland

  • Representative Elaine Luria, Democrat of Virginia

Mr. Thompson is the committee’s chairman, with Ms. Cheney serving as the vice chairwoman. The committee’s day-to-day work is carried out by a team of 40 investigators and staff members, including former federal prosecutors.

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Elon Musk’s Daughter Granted Legal Name, Gender Change

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge has approved a request by Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s adult daughter to change her name and gender on her birth certificate.

Vivian Jenna Wilson filed the petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court the day after turning 18 in April.

She listed gender identity and an apparent dislike of her father, as the reason for the change.

“I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form,” she wrote on the petition.

Judge Rafael Ongkeko approved the petition Wednesday in the Santa Monica courthouse after no one objected to the change. A hearing that had been scheduled for Friday was canceled. The court order said a new birth certificate would be issued reflecting the change.

Vivian will now legally use the last name of her mother, Canadian author Justine Wilson, who was married to Musk from 2000 to 2008.

The couple had five children, the oldest of which died as an infant. Vivian has a twin brother.

Musk has been married three times, including twice to “Westworld” actress Talulah Riley. He has two young children with the singer Grimes.

On Father’s Day, Musk tweeted: “I love all my my kids so much.”

Musk, 50, who is currently trying to buy Twitter for $44 billion, has previously said he supports transgender people, though he was criticized for dismissing the use of different pronouns.

“I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare,” he tweeted in December 2020.

In July 2020, he tweeted “Pronouns suck.”

The Associated Press attempted to reach Vivian Jenna Wilson for comment but phone calls were not answered and text messages were not immediately returned.

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BY MAX BURNS, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 06/23/22 9:30 AM ET

 

After the better part of a decade wielding a political brand as untouchable as any in memory, former President Trump is now experiencing a strange feeling: of abandonment. In races large and small unfolding in states across the country, the same Republican candidates who months ago clamored for Trump’s endorsement are now in a race to toss the former president overboard.

It isn’t hard to see why. In an electorate with plenty of tailwinds for Republicans – President Biden’s struggles with inflation and a rightward shift of critical Hispanic voters, to name just two – Trump remains one of the most disliked politicians in America. An Economist/YouGov poll released last week found a majority of Americans disapprove of Trump, and a RealClearPolitics trend map shows Trump’s popularity problem is getting worse over time.

It’s no coincidence that Trump’s unfavorability ratings are spiking in June, as the Jan. 6 committee blankets the media with shocking stories of just how closely Trump stage-managed last year’s attempt to overturn a free and fair election. And it’s clear Americans are listening: More than 20 million Americans tuned in to the first week of hearings. As

Trump would say, the ratings have been yuge.

Republicans who were more than willing to accept Trump’s primary endorsement are now understandably nervous about linking their political fortunes to a potential insurrection leader. Even some of Trump’s personal favorites are beginning to jump ship: On Wednesday, Axios’ Andrew Solender reported that Pennsylvania Senate candidate Mehmet Oz had unceremoniously stripped Trump’s name and image from his website. Solender also found that Oz’s social media, which mentioned Trump more than 70 times between his endorsement and primary day, hasn’t been eager to tout their connection during the heat of the Jan. 6 committee hearings.

The purge went as far as dropping the idea that Trump ever endorsed Oz. “Oz’s Twitter bio no longer advertised him as the ‘Trump Endorsed Candidate for U.S. Senate,’” Solender reports. “[Oz] hasn’t tweeted about Trump since May 17,” over a month ago. And on the Trump-owned social network Truth Social, where Oz maintains an account, Solender notes that Oz’s once-frequent mentions of Trump have abruptly come to a halt.

Trump’s problem isn’t limited to Pennsylvania. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is widely regarded as Trump’s most formidable 2024 primary opponent, announced he wouldn’t even bother asking for Trump’s endorsement for his reelection bid. Declining to seek an endorsement is one thing, but DeSantis’s decision to publicize his move also sends a clear message to Trump: Who needs you?

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More Americans Say Trump Should Face Charges in Connection With Jan. 6: Poll

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More Americans say former President Trump should face criminal charges in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, according to a new poll.

The ABC News-Ipsos survey published on Sunday found that 58 percent of respondents said Trump should be criminally charged, while 40 percent of respondents said Trump should not face charges.

Forty-six percent of respondents said that they believe Trump bears a great amount of responsibility for the Capitol attack, and 12 percent of those surveyed said that the former president bears a good amount of responsibility. Seventeen percent of respondents, by comparison, said Trump bears some amount of responsibility for what transpired on Jan 6., and 24 percent of those surveyed believe Trump bears no responsibility for the Capitol insurrection. 

A similar ABC News-Washington Post-ABC News poll published in early May found that 52 percent of those surveyed said Trump should be criminally charged for his role in the Jan 6 insurrection, while 42 percent disagreed.

The new poll comes amid a slew of public hearings being held by the House select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection, during which Trump supporters stormed the building in an effort to stop Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 election. The Capitol attack resulted in the deaths of five people. 

Sixty percent of those surveyed for the new poll said that the House select committee investigating the attack is conducting a fair and impartial investigation, while 38 percent of respondents said the panel isn’t conducting a fair investigation of the insurrection. 

Nine percent of respondents said in the poll that they have been following the committee hearings very closely, while 36 percent of those surveyed said they have not been following the televised hearings closely. 

The new ABC News-Ipsos poll was conducted from June 17 to June 18, with a total of 545 respondents. The margin of error was 4.5 percentage points.