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White House says Jan. 6 committee heard ‘grim reminder’ of dangers of democracy

The White House said Friday night that President Joe Biden had “monitored coverage” of the committee’s latest hearing on Jan. 6 and remained vigilant about protecting democracy.

Biden has made the threat to democracy that he says is posed by former President Donald Trump and “MAGA Republicans” a central part of his midterm campaign message.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during a panel aboard Air Force One that the hearings were a “grim reminder” that democracy remains in jeopardy.

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Committee leaders framed their efforts as an investigation into the 2021 Capitol riot that delayed congressional certification of Biden’s victory and a broader plot to void the 2020 presidential election.

Critics argue it’s a rebuke of Trump focused on the midterm elections, led by Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans who have largely backfired on the party and won’t be in Congress. next year.

Thursday’s hearing was expected to be the last, but the committee voted to subpoena Trump. This will be the last public hearing before the November elections.

Trump has repeated allegations of widespread voter fraud stealing the presidency from him, unproven allegations believed by those who stormed the Capitol. He called the committee “very partisan.”

Republicans, seeking to unseat narrow Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress in next month’s election, can expect to be asked about Trump’s subpoena on the campaign trail.

The White House praised the committee’s investigative work.

Jean-Pierre said Friday that Biden was “watching him closely” and “felt the work was important and needed to keep moving forward.”

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The exchange took place as Biden flew from California to Oregon on a four-day campaign.