Capitol Riots Updates: congressional inquiry has learned that a Trump tweet inspired far-right extremists to assemble in Washington, DC, on the day of the Capitol incident last year.
He sent the tweet during “the wildest meeting of the Trump presidency,” according to a panel member.
Even though his staff constantly informed him that Joe Biden had won the 2020 election fairly, the then-president persisted and issued a rallying cry to his followers.
THE COMMITTEE CHARGES MR. TRUMP WITH ATTEMPTING A COUP IN ORDER TO HOLD ONTO POWER
As parliamentarians gathered to certify Mr. Biden’s election on January 6, 2021, supporters of Donald Trump violently stormed Congress.
On his Truth Social social media platform hours before the hearing, Mr. Trump, a Republican, attacked the Democratic-led House of Representatives panel as “Political Hacks and Thugs” who were committing a “HOAX.”
The select committee’s investigation into the Capitol attack has lasted almost a full year.
The sixth hearing since June on Tuesday was centred on a tweet that President Trump made early on December 19, 2020, and a contentious six-hour meeting that took place at the White House before the post.
Democratic member of the committee from Maryland, Jamie Raskin, claimed that the meeting was called “unhinged” and “not normal.”
Mr. Trump had already been advised to surrender to Mr. Biden, a Democrat, by officials in the White House and his own campaign team.
On the other hand, he invited some informal advisers who had been pressuring him to continue his unsubstantiated claims of massive voting fraud to the White House on December 18.
The group, which included Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney, and Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, urged that Mr. Trump instruct the military to take state voting equipment.
Aides including Pat Cipollone, the then-White House lawyer, intercepted the meeting.In his audio-recorded testimony before the select committee, Mr. Cipollone added, “I don’t think any of these folks were giving the president solid counsel.”
Hours of disagreement followed, during which Mr. Cipollone claimed he was “verbally attacked,” but he kept “pushing back” and requesting “Where is the evidence?” from the group.
He and other aides told the committee that they did not provide any evidence.Members of the committee are attempting to link the social media post to the violence on January 6 directly.
The panel is attempting to make a case that Mr. Trump’s attempts to avenge his loss in the 2020 election amount to criminal activity.
A accusation that Mr. Trump sought to contact someone who was speaking to the congressional investigation was also mentioned during the session on Tuesday, increasing the possibility of witness tampering.
One of the two Republicans on the committee, Liz Cheney, said that the justice department had been informed.
Harry Dunn, one of the officers, detailed the interaction to BBC reporter Tara McKelvey, who was present at the hearing.Mr. Dunn remarked, shaking his head, “He apologised. “I’m processing,” I said.
The hearings, according to Mr. Trump, who has said he would run for president again in 2024, are an effort to divert attention away from the “disaster” of Democratic rule amid high inflation.
Just 33% of respondents favour of President Biden, according to a New York Times poll released this week; this is lower than Mr. Trump’s approval following the Capitol incident, according to Gallup.