“President Trump called the crowd together, gathered the crowd together and lit the flame for this attack.”
During the seventh hearing, the committee presented new information about the “lopsided” Oval Office meeting that took place on December 18, 2020, after which then-President Donald Trump tweeted what the representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) called it an “explosive invite.” calling on supporters to come to DC on Jan. 6. During his speech that day, Trump told the crowd to “march” to the Capitol and that they should “fight like hell.” to action followed weeks of false claims by Trump about the election results.
“Well, basically, you know, the president pissed everyone off and told everyone to get off,” said Ayres, who lost his home and his job. “So we were just following what he said.”
“While the violence was ongoing, President Trump took no immediate action to stop the violence and ordered his supporters to leave the Capitol.”
Witnesses testified to Trump’s more than three-hour disregard for the safety of his own vice president, responding officers, and the joint session of Congress, despite seeing the violence unfold on Fox and to have received numerous calls from aides and Republican allies to call the crowd. .
And according to never-before-seen video testimony released during Thursday’s hearing, Trump did not make a single call to any of his law enforcement or national security officials while the riot unfolded.
“You will see that Donald Trump and his advisers knew that he had, in fact, lost the election…President Trump corruptly pressured state lawmakers and election officials to alter the election results. elections.”
Several former Trump advisers testified before the committee that they tried to tell the then-president there was no credible evidence of significant voter fraud and refused to accept his plan to void the election. .
“President Trump has engaged in a massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information…and has invested millions of dollars in campaign funds to deliberately spread false information…”
Some theories included accusing Dominion Voting Systems of changing Trump votes into Biden votes in large numbers, a truckload of ballots being shipped from New York to Pennsylvania, and Georgia election workers scanning tens of thousands of ballots. vote for Biden that came from a suitcase. (All of these claims have been debunked.)
“You will see that President Trump corruptly planned to replace the United States Attorney General so that the United States Department of Justice would spread his false, stolen election allegations.”
Richard Donoghue, Rosen’s deputy, testified that during the presidential transition, he and another senior Justice Department official were told by the then president that they should “just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to [him] and Republican congressmen.
“…we will focus on President Trump’s efforts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to count electoral votes on January 6…in private and in public.”
Trump was repeatedly told by advisers that his plan for Pence to cancel the Jan. 6 election was illegal, but he tried to do it anyway, and the committee showed video of Capitol rioters expressing anger against Pence for failing to carry out Trump’s wish.
The committee also heard from the testimony of former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson that she heard her boss, Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, say that Trump seemed to agree with the suggestion by some rioters, recorded that day, that Pence should be hanged.
On Thursday, the committee showed how dire the security situation during the riot had become for Pence, and a White House security official testified that members of Pence’s security detail began saying goodbye to their relatives.