“President Trump summoned the crowd, rallied the crowd, and lit the fire of this attack.”
During Saturday’s hearing, the committee presented new information about the “unchanged” Oval Office meeting that took place on December 18, 2020, after which then-President Donald Trump tweeted the following: which Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) called an “explosive invitation,” “calling supporters to come to DC on January 6. In his speech that day, Trump addressed the crowd.” “March” to the Capitol and they need to “fight like hell. The calls to action come after weeks of Trump making false statements about the election results.
“Basically, you know, the President made everyone mad and asked everyone to put their heads down,” said Ayres, who lost his home and his job. “So we basically just followed what he said.”
“While the violence was ongoing, President Trump did not take immediate action to stop the violence and directed his supporters to leave the Capitol.”
Witnesses testified that Trump for more than three hours did not care for the safety of the vice president, response officials, and the joint session of Congress, despite watching the violence unfold on Fox. and received many pleas from Republican aides and allies to appeal to the crowd.
And according to previously unplayed video testimony during Thursday’s hearing, Trump did not make a single call to any of his national security or law enforcement officials while the riots were ongoing. out.
“You’ll find that Donald Trump and his advisers know that he has in fact lost the election… President Trump has been pressuring state lawmakers and election officials to change the outcome of the election.”
Many former Trump advisers testified to the committee that they tried to tell the then-President that there was no credible evidence of substantial voter fraud and refused to implement the plan to overturn the election. his election.
“President Trump has engaged in a massive effort to spread misinformation and fraud … and invested millions of dollars in campaign funds with the aim of spreading disinformation… ”
Some of the theories include allegations that the Dominion Electoral System converted Trump votes into Biden votes in bulk, a truckload of ballots from New York to Pennsylvania, and Georgia election workers scanning tens of thousands of ballots for Biden from a suitcase. (All these statements have been removed.)
“You will find that President Trump has a corrupt scheme to replace the US Attorney General so that the US Department of Justice will spread his falsely stolen election statements.”
Richard Donoghue, Rosen’s deputy, testified that while going through the presidential transition, he and another top Justice Department official were told by the then-President that they “should just say the election” election is corrupt and let the rest [him] and Republican congressmen. ”
“…we will focus on President Trump’s effort to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to count the electoral votes on January 6th…in private and public mode. ”
Trump was told several times by his advisers that his plan for Pence to overturn the January 6 election was illegal, but he nonetheless tried to pull it off, and the committee showed videos of violent people. Action in the Capitol expressed anger at Pence for not fulfilling Trump’s wishes.
The committee also learned through testimony from former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson that she had heard her boss, Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, say that Trump appeared to agree with a proposal from a number of rioters, recorded on tape 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 the security detail of Pence began saying goodbye to their loved ones.