Former Trump campaign manager drops out of Jan. 6 ‘Big Lie’ hearing

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By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON(Reuters) -A key witness withdrew from a hearing on Monday of the U.S. congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol but the panel went ahead with its plans to highlight former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen. The hearing started about 45 minutes late after William Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager in the final few months of the White House race, pulled out at the last minute, citing a family emergency. The second of six public hearings expected this month, the session is to focus on former…

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