Hawley credits Jan. 6 committee with ‘enormous’ boost in campaign fundraising – KSDK.com | Region & Cash

In a one-on-one interview, Hawley said his objection to the 2020 election results “had had no impact on the election.”

ST. LOUIS β€” For the first time since 17.7 million Americans saw video of Josh Hawley fleeing the mob that stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6, the Missouri junior senator answered questions from reporters and hit suggested that the advert may have helped his fundraising efforts for the campaign.

“I don’t regret anything I did that day,” Hawley told the press. “And, you know, it’s a privilege to be attacked on January 6th. And I want to thank you for all of your help with my fundraiser. It was tremendous.”

Federal Election Commission filing deadlines do not require Hawley’s campaign to show donation receipts from last week through later this year. Hawley’s campaign previously sold coffee mugs with a picture of him raising his fist in a gesture of solidarity with the mob.

During last week’s prime-time hearing, US Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Virginia) quoted a Capitol Police officer who recalled Hawley’s gesture during her testimony before the committee.

“She told us that Sen. Hawley’s gesture upset the crowd, and it bothered her a lot because he was doing it in a safe place, protected by the officers and the cordons,” Luria said.

The committee then played video in real-time and again in slow-motion, showing Hawley running through the halls to escape the same mob he had stirred up earlier in the day.

Missouri House Democrats quickly organized a “Hawlin’ Hawley 5K” and sold merchandise to mock Hawley for running from the January 6 mob.

Back on Capitol Hill, Hawley brushed off the surveillance video as an “attempted troll.”

“Oh, listen, let’s not pretend I’m taking any of this seriously,” he said when reporters asked him why he was running away from the mob. β€œAll of this is 100% trolling. And hear me say, it’s a privilege to be attacked on the January 6th committee, and I’ve just come from Missouri, and all I can say is that the people of Missouri are quite appreciative of my point of view are .”

Shortly after speaking to reporters in Washington, DC, Hawley sat down for a one-on-one with 5 On Your Side’s political editor, Mark Maxwell.

Below is an unedited transcript of Senator Hawley’s Wednesday afternoon interview with 5 On Your Side.

Mark Maxwell: We just watched a video of your interview on Capitol Hill with reporters in which you rejoiced at how this video of you running from the mafia is helping to boost your fundraising. Is this all a game for you?

Senator Josh Hawley: Oh, I wasn’t happy. I was asked if I regret anything I did on January 6th. And I said I don’t, like I’ve said many, many times. Listen, the Missouri people sent me to Washington to represent them, not to represent the DC establishment, not to represent the DC press corps. And I will not apologize for representing the people of my state. I did that on January 6th. I stand by my actions that day.

Maxwell: You actually objected to the certification of election results in another state in Pennsylvania. Ultimately, you lost in that effort. Pennsylvania election results confirmed. But what if you won and blocked those 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania? So what?

Hawley: Well, that… I mean, it wouldn’t have affected the impact of the election. For that reason, there was never an attempt to overturn the election results, as I said at the time, before we actually cast those votes. As for the election… What this trial gave me was an opportunity to appeal the state of Pennsylvania for not following their own laws. They had that state’s Supreme Court step in during the election to change the voting rules, change the rules for voting by mail, change the rules for how the ballots are counted. I just think that’s fundamentally wrong. So yes, it was a protest election. And it was also an opportunity to force the debate in the Senate. I mean it’s legal. And I did. Incidentally, that’s what the Democrats did in 2000, 2004 and 2016.

Maxwell: But not after a mob smashed down the Capitol doors. The circumstances there were of course very different. The Trump White House also discussed a strategy of having other voters in state legislatures ready to overturn the results in those states. You’re right, Pennsylvania’s 20 votes alone would not have overturned Biden’s electoral count or brought it below 270. But if you had another state or two in the mix, you might have been able to do it. Have you spoken to anyone else about such a strategy?

Hawley: no And you noticed that I didn’t vote for states that would change the outcome of the election? Because my goal was to do exactly what I said at the time, which was for states that didn’t follow, and… the goal… The state I objected to was Pennsylvania, a state that didn’t follow its own laws , and its Supreme Court intervened to change the rules. I just think it’s fundamentally lawless. And I think if we can’t debate that in the Senate, under United States law and Senate rules, I don’t know where you can.

Maxwell: Well, certainly the details matter, and the laws that allowed them didn’t necessarily allow ballots that arrived in the mail on or before Election Day to contain the date stamp, because obviously, without a time machine, it wasn’t possible to get those ballots after the Wahl mailed if it arrived before the polling stations closed. However, I would like to move on to this question. We know from President Trump’s aides that instead of de-escalating the attack on the Capitol that you later ran away from, he called Republican senators and urged them to do exactly what you did. Those phone records are missing. So we don’t know who he called. Did you speak to Donald Trump on January 6th?

Hawley: No, and I don’t think they… What’s missing? You have phone logs from that day.

Maxwell: The phone records from the White House.

Hawley: That’s… Wasn’t that story debunked? But no, I didn’t speak to him on the sixth.

Maxwell: You haven’t spoken to President Trump at all in those 187 minutes?

Hawley: no No, as I’ve been asked many times over the last year and a half. I didn’t speak to him on the sixth. And by the way, let’s just get back to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision. This is a decision that I believe fundamentally threatens the fundamental due process clause, and possibly the equal protections clause, of the United States Constitution in allowing ballots in Pennsylvania to be treated and judged differently than elsewhere across the country. I mean it’s a serious, serious problem. And to have… Can you imagine the outcry if you had a red state that changed its election rules to decidedly favoring another candidate and midway through the election favoring the Republican candidate? I mean, again, I just think it’s absolute lawlessness and the right place to debate it was the word of the Senate.

Maxwell: This may be the last time we interview you before the August 2nd Missouri primary. I want to give you an opportunity to address the fact that neither Eric Greitens nor Eric Schmitt would answer any of our questions even if we sent them questions in advance. Vicki Hartzler would. What is the obligation of a Missouri senator or elected official to meet and answer questions from the press, even if you don’t like the questions?

Hawley: Oh, well, listen, I mean, I’ll leave that to the individual. I have to say that for my part, as you know, every week that we have a session and where we can physically do it and we can get to a camera, I sit down with reporters from Missouri and take as many questions as possible. So, you know, we’ve done literally hundreds and hundreds of one-to-one interviews with the Missouri press and the local press this year alone. So that is my policy and I will continue to do so.

Maxwell: I was just told that this is our final question. So you used to be the Attorney General for Missouri. So does Eric Schmitt. How do you rate his work in the role you once held? Oh, they hung up on us. In order. In order. I guess we’re done.

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