Monday, the “star witness” of the House Select Committee, former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, was absent due to a “family emergency.”
The Hill said that the committee postponed its schedule by 30 to 45 minutes following the announcement that Stepien would not be testifying at Monday’s hearing on former President Donald Trump’s charges of electoral fraud during and after the 2020 presidential election.
“Due to a family emergency, Mr. William Stepien is unable to testify before the Select Committee this morning,” the committee’s statement read, according to The Hill. “His counsel will appear and make a statement on the record.”
The Hill said that sources familiar with the situation stated that Stepien’s wife is in childbirth.
Stepien was reportedly viewed as a key witness in the panel’s efforts to prove that the former president’s charges of election fraud “laid the stage” for the Capitol riot. The committee subpoenaed him in November, citing his participation in the “Stop the Steal” demonstrations and asserting that there were problems with voting equipment. The panel wants to know what Trump’s campaign staff told the former president about the election’s outcome.
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He had ordered the campaign to ask “states to delay or deny certification of electoral votes and by sending multiple slates of electoral votes to the United States Congress,” the subpoena said in November, according to The Hill.
“The Select Committee will present evidence that Trump knew he lost the 2020 election but continued to spread false claims of election fraud,” the committee said Monday. “Trump’s false claims set the stage for the violent attack on January 6.” Read more…