Jan. 6 Committee Hearings Return, Target Donald Trump Supporters

The second of the January 6 televised hearings will take place on Monday, June 13, with the panel attempting to show Donald Trump supporters how the former president's pushing of false election fraud claims was seemingly a ploy to raise money off them.

The public hearing, which will start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, will hear from a number of witnesses, including Trump former 2020 Election campaign manager Bill Stepien, and Chris Stirewalt, a former top editor at Fox News who called the key state of Arizona for Joe Biden on Election Night.

According to The New York Times, citing an unnamed committee aide, one part of Monday's hearing will focus on how Trump's frequent pushing of the so-called "big lie" that he won the 2020 Election was part of a major fundraising effort.

According to Federal Election Commission filings, in the eight-week period after election night in November 2020 alone, Trump and the Republican National Committee managed to raise more than $255 million as the former president continued to push his false claims of election fraud.

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Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. The January 6 committee is hoping to highlight to Trump’s supporters that they had been duped into donating their money to the former president's team under false pretences. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The Times reports that the committee has long believed that the one way they can get Trump supporters on their side is by highlighting how the money they donated to the former president was done under false pretenses.

The panel is also hoping to note how many of the hundred of people who have been charged in connection to the riot at the Capitol had cited Trump as their reason for storming the building.

The evidence of a fraudulent fundraising campaign effort based on the false claim Trump won the last Election could be used as grounds for the Department of Justice to launch a criminal investigation against Trump and his team.

In its letter to Stepien announcing he has been subpoenaed to give evidence, the panel alleged the campaign manager continued to raise money off the back of Trump's voter fraud claims despite knowing they were false.

"As manager of the Trump 2020 re-election campaign, you oversaw all aspects of the campaign," the November 2021 letter reads.

"You then supervised the conversion of the Trump presidential campaign to an effort focused on 'Stop the Steal' messaging and related fundraising. That messaging included the promotion of certain false claims related to voting machines, despite an internal campaign memo in which campaign staff determined that such claims were false."

In March, The Washington Post reported that the panel was hoping to raise suggestions that Trump and his team violated federal wire fraud laws by trying to raise campaign funds based on claims they knew were false regarding the results of the 2020 Election and widespread voter fraud.

"People were swindled financially and psychologically," said Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), a member of the House select committee, told The Post. "People's convictions were cynically exploited for Trump's gain."

During the first hearing on June 9, the panel played testimony showing that some of Trump's inner circle, including his own daughter, Ivanka Trump, and former attorney general William Barr, stating that his claims of the 2020 Election being rigged against Trump were not true.

Despite this, Trump continued to push the "big lie," with committee chairman rep. Bennie Thompson describing the January 6 attack on the Capitol as the former president's "most desperate chance" at overturning the election results.

Donald Trump criticized the House Select Committee after the panel's first televised hearing. The former president shared his reaction to the televised proceedings on Truth Social—the social network he created after he was banned from Twitter in the wake of the January 6 riot over fears he would use the platform to incite violence.

"So the Unselect Committee of political HACKS refuses to play any of the many positive witnesses and statements, refuses to talk of the Election Fraud and Irregularities that took place on a massive scale, and decided to use a documentary maker from Fake News ABC to spin only negative footage," Trump said. "Our Country is in such trouble!"

Before the hearing began, Trump attacked the House Committee investigating the attack while repeating his long dismissed claims of voter fraud in a series of Truth Social posts, including describing the panel as an "Unselect Committee of political Thugs."

Trumps office has been contacted for comment.