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Testimony of Trump Aides Sheds Light on Former President's False Voter Fraud Claims

June 17, 2022

Testimony of Trump Aides Sheds Light on Former President's False Voter Fraud Claims

Ask Students: Who is Bill Stepien, and what did he reveal in the investigation? Where did Biden win during the Fox News election coverage clip?

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Summary

For nearly a year, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has worked mostly behind closed doors, gathering more than 140,000 documents and talking to more than 1,000 witnesses. On June 13, the committee shared new details from some of former President Trump’s inner circle about the spread of the false narrative that the 2020 election was stolen. Amna Nawaz reports. For a transcript of the story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Who is Bill Stepien, and what did he reveal in the investigation?
  2. What was the truth behind the allegation of the “suspicious suitcase filled with fake ballots”?
  3. Where (as in which state) did Biden win during the Fox News election coverage clip?
  4. How did Trump threaten Republican officials like Al Schmidt after they failed to give Trump information that he wanted?
  5. Why did Georgia attorney BJay Pak resign?

Focus Questions

In your opinion, which testimony did the most to challenge misinformation about the election presented by Trump and his allies?

Media literacy: Why do you think the committee chose these specific witnesses for the hearings? What were their relationships to the former president and how was that significant?

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

Talking About January 6 and Threats to Democracy

Using last year’s January 6, insurrection as a teachable moment, we assembled educational resources to help students reflect on the events leading up to and on that day, as well as resources that explore ongoing threats to the integrity of a democratic government, including how to foster media literacy and civil discourse, understand voter suppression and how to identify misinformation. Included are civic education lessons that can be adapted across the curriculum.

PBS NewsHour Classroom

PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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