Trump's former campaign manager Bill Stepien bows out of testifying for the January 6 committee's public hearing because his wife went into labor
- Stepien was former President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign manager.
- Stepien's attorney said his wife went into labor Monday morning.
One-time Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien pulled out of testifying before the January committee on Monday because his wife went into labor.
Stepien, who had been scheduled to appear at the House panel's second public hearing into the deadly siege at the US Capitol, withdrew from the appearance attorney Kevin Marino said after he was notified of the family emergency.
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"Mr. Stepien was in town and preparing for his testimony here today in response to a subpoena when he got a call that his wife had gone into labor. He notified committee council and he immediately headed to hospital to be with her," Marino told C-Span.
The committee planned to proceed, per media reports, by showing clips of Stepien's videotaped deposition.
Stepien was Trump's 2020 campaign manager. He was expected to testify about former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results after losing to Joe Biden. The New York Times reports that during a meeting on November 7, 2021 where Trump was pushing his baseless claims of election fraud Stepien laid out the "exceedingly low odds of success with his challenges."
Stepien is currently serving as a campaign advisor to House hopeful Harriet Hageman, the Trump-endorsed candidate attempting to unseat January 6 select committee co-chair Liz Cheney this August in Wyoming's GOP primary.
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