Jan 6 hearing: Trump supporter testifies on why people attacked the Capitol

Jan 6 hearing: Trump supporter testifies on why people attacked the Capitol

The Jan. 6 committee revealed how Trump supporters' anger built into the violence during the riot, and showed how Trump and some of his closest allies used conspiracy theories to stoke their rage. 

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: An important new witness has told the House select January 6 committee that Mike Pence acted courageously as vice president by thwarting attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

PAT CIPOLLONE: I think the vice president did the right thing. I have a great deal of respect for Vice President Pence. I think he did a great service to this country. 

SHAPIRO: That's former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone. His testimony was heavily featured in today's hearing. The committee looked at how then-President Trump and key allies stoked supporters'  

SHAPIRO: Cipollone's been considered one of the most critical witnesses, and last week he made headlines by finally talking to the committee under oath.

GRISALES: Right. We saw Cipollone corroborate a lot of evidence already shared with the committee, like his concerns that Trump pushed outlandish theories that he had not lost the election 

CIPOLLONE: At some point, you have to put up or shut up. That was my view. UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Why was this, on a broader scale, a bad idea for the country?

CIPOLLONE: To have the federal government seize voting machines - it's a terrible idea for the country. 

GRISALES: And this was part of a larger discussion to try to install a controversial Trump ally - this is Sidney Powell - as a special counsel to oversee investigations into such false claims.