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Former Trump Campaign Manager Will No Longer Appear Before Jan. 6 Panel Because Of ‘Family Emergency’

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Bill Stepien

Former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, who was set to testify under subpoena at today’s hearing, dropped out of testifying at the last minute “due to a family emergency,” the Jan 6 panel announced in a press release.

“Due to a family emergency, Mr. William Stepien is unable to testify before the Select Committee this morning. His counsel will appear and make a statement on the record,” according to the release.

The committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol will hold its second public hearing of the month this morning. The start time of the hearing has also been pushed back.

Stepien, who was at the center of former President Trump’s orbit as he sought to overturn the results of the 2020 election, was scheduled to testify during today’s hearing.

The select committee will reconvene today for another hearing, which is expected to focus on how Donald Trump and his lieutenants spread the so-called “big lie” in the months leading up to the insurrection.

In advance of the hearing, Democratic panel members Adam Schiff and Jamie Raskin urged the Justice Department to consider “credible evidence” they say they have gathered of the president’s culpability for the deadly attack.