Biden says Trump ‘didn’t have the guts to act’ on Jan. 6

President Joe Biden said Monday that former President Donald Trump “did not have the courage to act” on January 6, 2021 as Trump supporters invaded the United States Capitol to try to stop the certification of electoral college votes.

“For three hours, the defeated former president of the United States watched it all happen as he sat in the comfort of the private dining room next to the Oval Office,” Mr. Biden said. “While he does this, brave law enforcement officers are subjected to the medieval hell for three hours.”

Mr. Biden, who is recover from COVID-19, made the comments in a virtual address to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officials on Monday. His remarks followed the last public hearing of the summer by the House Select Committee investigating the attack.

The explosive public hearings revealed new information about Trump’s actions before and on Jan. 6 as rioters stormed the Capitol. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican on the committee, said at Thursday’s hearing that “the mob was fulfilling President Trump’s purpose, and he did not interfere.”

“You saw what happened,” Biden said Monday. “Capitol Police, DC Metropolitan Police, other law enforcement, have been attacked and assaulted before our eyes – stabbed, doused, stomped on, brutalized. And lives have been lost.”

Mr. Biden credited the police for their role in ending the riot and hinted that Trump supporters cannot claim to be pro-police but support the Capitol rioters.

“You can’t be pro-insurgency and pro-cop,” Biden said. “You can’t be pro-insurgency and pro-democracy. You can’t be pro-insurgency and pro-American.”

Monday’s remarks were among Mr Biden’s most forceful comments to date on his predecessor and January 6. Mr. Biden waived executive privilege for members of Trump’s inner circle, but he mostly allowed the work of the House committee to speak for itself.

representing Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice chairman, told CNN on Sunday that the committee has yet to decide whether it will make a criminal referral to the Justice Department over Trump. While the House committee investigated the attack, only the Justice Department can charge someone with a crime.

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