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The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol held the seventh in its series of hearings. The hearing focused on the role of militant groups — such as the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers — in the Capitol attack and their possible ties to former President Trump and his associates. The Panel concentrate on Trump’s December 19, 2020 tweet in which he said there would be a “wild” protest on January 6. The committee understood testimony from Jason Van Tatenhove, a former spokesman for the Oath Keepers, and Stephan Ayres, an Ohio man who participated in the attack.

Justice Department officials speak more openly about Trump’s efforts to void the 2020 election, following recent public testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson. Hutchinson’s testimony provided new information to department officials, which would have sparked new discussions about the former president’s actions before the attack, reports the New York Times.

A federal judge has ruled he won’t delay Steve Bannon’s upcoming trial. The former Trump adviser is currently facing contempt of Congress charges for refusing to cooperate with the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The decision comes after Bannon Told Saturday at the committee that he had changed his mind and agreed to testify before the panel.

Iran plans to send hundreds of drones to Russia for use in the country’s invasion of Ukraine, White House officials say. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that Iran is also “preparing to train Russian forces” to use drones in the near future.

Forty-three people were killed in a rocket attack on an apartment building in the Ukrainian town of Chasiv Yar in Donetsk. In the days following the attack, rescue teams rescued nine people from the rubble of the collapsed building. Moscow maintains that the Russian forces target Ukrainian infrastructure, not civilians.

The United Nations Security Council vote to extend aid to northern Syria for six months after a previous 12-month extension proposed in a Western-backed resolution was opposed by Russia. The United States, Britain and France abstained in the vote, which received support from the other 12 council members.

ICYMI: Yesterday, Right

Adam Chan discussed the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Torres v. Texas Department of Public Safety on the war powers of Congress.

Tia Sewell share a habeas corpus petition filed on behalf of Majid S. Khan, a Pakistani detainee at Guantanamo Bay whose sentence ended March 1.

Daphne Keller and Max Levy discussed what steps Congress should take in the future to set policy direction for platform transparency regulations.

Bob Bauer and Benjamin Witte argued that Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony before the House Select Committee revealed that Trump, through his attorneys, lied during the impeachment process.

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