Trump ‘chose not to act’ as U.S. Capitol comes under attack, Jan. 6 panel says
Donald Trump ignored White House staff, family members and outside advisers who urged the president to call off the mob attack on the US Capitol on January 6, according to testimony before the House panel. of the United States investigating the insurrection during its eighth and final hearing on the Summer Thursday Night.
Instead, Trump sat in the White House dining room for hours watching Fox News coverage of the assault, committee leaders said as they laid out new details about the attacks. 187 minutes between the end of Trump’s speech on the White House timeskip and his tweet telling the rioters. to “return home with love and peace”.
Despite pleas from those close to him and despite seeing the violence unfold live on Fox, Trump remained unmoved. Trump did not fail to act, said committee member Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who co-led Thursday’s hearing: “He chose not to act.”
Vice President Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, pointed out that Trump’s refusal to condemn the riot had been described by dozens of Republican witnesses, “those who served Donald Trump loyally for years,” he said. she declared.
“The complaint against Donald Trump in these hearings is not made by witnesses who were his political enemies. Rather, it is a series of confessions by Donald Trump’s own appointees, his own friends, his own campaign managers.
Here are some details that emerged Thursday night:
Trump clung until the last minute to the idea that the election was not over
The panel showed clips of Trump’s video message to supporters telling them to leave the Capitol, and of an address the next day. Even as he prepared for these statements, he refused to admit that he had lost the election.
“I don’t want to say the election is over,” he said in a Jan. 7 excerpt, reacting to a line of included speechwriters. “I just want to say, ‘Now Congress has certified the results,’ without saying so.”
The unsubstantiated claim that Trump’s 2020 election loss to Joe Biden was illegitimate — and that the result could somehow be overturned — was the concept that prompted the attack.
Trump heard from many who wanted him to call off the attack
Those identified as telling Trump or chief of staff Mark Meadows, a former congressman from North Carolina, that he must condemn the violence included Trump’s children Ivanka Trump and Fox host Donald Trump Jr. News Sean Hannity, White House attorney Pat Cipollone, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and others.
Sarah Matthews, a former communications officer for Trump’s re-election campaign who was in the White House on Jan. 6, said she saw at rallies the power Trump had over his supporters.
“He was the only person in the world who could recall the crowd he sent to the Capitol,” Thompson said.
Pence Security Details
A White House national security official relayed a harrowing account of Vice President Mike Pence’s Secret Service details. Pence was on Capitol Hill to carry out his ceremonial role to certify the election results, which Trump strongly urged him not to do.
The official, whose identity the committee did not reveal because he feared reprisals, heard the chaos in the Capitol over the radio.
“There was a lot of shouting, a lot of very personal calls on the radio,” the official said. “I don’t like to talk about it, but they were calling to say goodbye to family members.”
The rioters’ anger was focused on Pence, U.S. Representative Elaine Luria, a Democrat from Virginia who co-led Thursday’s hearing, said, after Trump tweeted at 2:24 p.m. that Pence didn’t have “the guts” to cancel the vote. “He put a target on his own vice president’s back,” Luria said.
The panel showed video of Secret Service agents pushing Pence and his team to safety.
Hours after raising its fist in solidarity with Trump supporters, the committee showed video of Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley jogging away from the Senate chamber as the crowd approached.
Hawley then voted not to certify the election results.
Cipollone considered resigning on January 6
The White House’s top lawyer decided not to resign because he was worried about who would replace him, he told the panel in recorded testimony.
Records do not exist
The White House telephone log does not include any entries from 11:06 a.m. to 6:54 p.m., although the president makes and receives calls during those hours, the committee said.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in recorded deposition that she gave Trump a list of senators and the president called them to urge them not to certify the election results.
Republican U.S. Senator from Alabama, Tommy Tuberville, said on a local TV station in February that Trump called him as he prepared to evacuate the Capitol.
The committee also has phone records from Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, that show the two spoke to each other twice during that time.
The White House daily newspaper is also empty from 1:21 p.m. to 4:03 p.m. on Jan. 6, Luria said.
And the official White House photographer was told not to take pictures as Trump walked into the Rose Garden to record a video message to supporters.
See you in September
The panel will not hold another public hearing until September, said Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi. Thompson, who tested positive for COVID-19, appeared virtually.
The panel will continue its work during the Congressional recess in August, Cheney said.
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