WASHINGTON (June 9) – The congressional committee investigates former US President Donald Trump‘s supporters attempt to overturn his 2020 election defeat in 1st of 6 Capitol Riot Hearings. The committee presented testimony on Thursday showing that close allies, including his daughter, rejected his false claims of voter fraud. But Trump Disregarded all sanity and provoked his supporters to attack the Capitol Building.
The select committee of the United States House of Representatives investigating the assault on Jan. 6, 2021, also showed graphic footage where thousands of rioters were attacking police and forcing their way into the Capitol.
It is the first of six planned hearings aimed at proving that the Republican former president conspired to retain power illegally.
The Democratic-led committee played video testimony from prominent Trump administration figures such as Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, Attorney General William Barr, campaign spokesperson Jason Miller, and General Mark Milley in Capitol Riot Hearings.
It also showed a portion of Trump’s incendiary speech before the attack, in which he repeated false election fraud claims. Trump directed his supporters’ rage at Vice President Mike Pence, who was at the Capitol overseeing the congressional certification of Democrat Joe Biden‘s election victory – a process that the riot failed to stop.
Some congressional Republicans condemned Trump in the days following the attack, but most have since changed their tune, supporting him and downplaying the day’s violence.
Trump has also attacked Republicans who voted to impeach him for his actions. By endorsing primary challengers against them ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections that will determine control of Congress for the next two years.
Bennie Thompson, chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Trump was at the center of a plot to undermine American democracy and prevent a peaceful transition of power.
“Jan. 6 was the culmination of an attempted coup, a brazen attempt to overthrow the government, as one writer put it shortly after Jan. 6,” Thompson said. “The violence was not by chance. It was Trump’s final desperate act.”
In videotaped testimony, Barr stated: “I made it clear that I did not agree with the idea of claiming the election was stolen and spreading this nonsense. And I didn’t want to be a part of it, you know.”
Barr’s point of view even persuaded Trump’s daughter.
“Attorney General Barr has my respect. So I believed what he was saying,” Ivanka Trump stated in her videotaped testimony.
Trump has publicly expressed interest in running for president again in 2024. He issued a statement before the hearing calling the committee “political Thugs.”
According to Representative Liz Cheney, one of the panel’s two Republicans and vice-chairperson-“Aware of the rioters’ chants to ‘hang Mike Pence,’ the president responded with this sentiment: ‘Well, maybe our supporters have the right idea.'”
Trump has maintained his false claims that his 2020 election loss to Biden was the result of widespread fraud since leaving office last year. This assertion have been refuted by numerous courts, state election officials, and members of his own administration.
“We can’t live in a world where the incumbent administration remains in power based on its unsupported view, supported by specific evidence, that there was election fraud,” Barr, who resigned about two weeks before the Capitol attack, said in the video.
The hearing featured two witnesses who testified the event in person. U.S. Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards, who sustained a brain injury in the attack and Nick Quested, a filmmaker who captured footage of the far-right Proud Boys group, accused of helping to plan the attack.
Despite the insults hurled at her by rioters during the melee, Edwards said she was proud of herself for fighting them off, even after being injured.
“I was slipping in people’s blood,” Edwards explained. “It was carnage. It was chaos.”
“What I saw was nothing less than a war scene,” Edwards added.
The mob assaulted police, forcing lawmakers and Pence to flee for their lives and causing millions of dollars in damage.
That day, four people died, one fatally shot by police and the others from natural causes. Over 100 police officers were injured, and one died the following day. Four officers later committed suicide.
“Those who stormed our Capitol and fought law enforcement for hours were motivated by what President Trump. He told them that the election was stolen and he was the rightful president,” Cheney said.
“President Trump summoned the mob, gathered the mob, and ignited the flames of this attack.” during Capitol Riots
Cheney warned her Republican colleagues who voted to depose her as House leader. “There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain,” she said.
Cheney stated that several Republican congressmen contacted the White House after Jan. 6 to seek pardons for their roles in attempting to overturn the election.
On Thursday, President Biden called the attack a “clear and flagrant violation of the Constitution.”
Two Republican Georgia state election officials, whom Trump pressed to “find” votes to overturn his election defeat, will testify at hearings later this month, according to a source familiar with the situation.