The panel is investigating Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, when hundreds of his supporters broke into the US Capitol on the afternoon of the attack.
WASHINGTON — The Jan. 6 House Committee is concluding its series of summer hearings with its most detailed focus yet on the main target of the inquiry: former President Donald Trump.
The panel is investigating Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, as hundreds of his supporters burst into the US Capitol, taking viewers minute by minute through the deadly afternoon to show how long it took the former president to fend off the rioters. The panel is focusing on 187 minutes that day, between the end of Trump’s speech urging supporters to march to the Capitol at 1:10 p.m. and a video he released at 4:17 p.m. and the rioters said they were “very special,” but she had to go home.
Trump is “the only person in the world who could call off the mob,” but he refused to do so for several hours, said the committee’s chairman, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, who is testifying due to a COVID-19 who attended the hearing remotely. 19 Diagnosis. “He couldn’t be moved.”
THE WHITE HOUSE DINING ROOM
The panel emphasized where Trump was when the violence unfolded — in a White House dining room, sitting at the head of the table watching the violent Capitol collapse on Fox News. He retired to the dining room at 1:25 p.m., according to Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., one of two members conducting the hearing. That was after some rioters had already breached barriers around the Capitol — and after Trump learned of the violence within 15 minutes of returning to the White House.
Fox News showed live footage of the rioters pushing past police, Luria said, showing excerpts of the coverage.
In video testimonies played at the hearing, former White House staffers spoke of their desperate efforts to get the president to tell his supporters to turn back. Pat Cipollone, Trump’s chief White House counsel, told the panel that several advisers – including Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump – had advised the president to speak up. “People need to be told” to go, Cipollone recalled telling people and urged Trump to make a public announcement.
Trump “couldn’t move,” Thompson said, “to rise from his dining table and walk the few steps down the White House hallway to the press conference room, where cameras anxiously and desperately waited to deliver his message to the gunmen and the violent.” carry mob brutally beating and killing police officers.”
As he sat in the White House, Trump made no effort to call for increased support from law enforcement in the Capitol, the committee said. Witnesses confirmed that Trump did not call the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or the Attorney General.
The committee played audio from General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who reacted with surprise at the former president’s reaction to the attack. “You are the supreme commander. They have an attack underway on the United States Capitol. And there is nothing? No call? Nothing zero?’ said Milly.
When Trump refused to call for help, Vice President Mike Pence hid in the Capitol, just yards from rioters who were about to invade the Senate chambers. The committee played audio from an unidentified White House security official who said Pence’s Secret Service agents “began to fear for their own lives” and called family members if they didn’t survive.
Shortly thereafter, at 2:24 p.m., Trump tweeted that Pence did not have the “guts” to block or delay the election results as Congress certified Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
Matt Pottinger, then Trump’s assistant national security adviser, and Sarah Matthews, then assistant press secretary, testified at the hearing. Both resigned from their White House jobs immediately after the riot.
Both Pottinger and Matthews told the committee their disgust at Trump’s tweet about Pence.
Pottinger said he was “disturbed and concerned to see the President attack Vice President Pence for fulfilling his constitutional duty,” which he said was “the opposite of what we needed at that moment.”
“That was the moment I decided I was going to step down,” Pottinger said.
Matthews said the tweet was “essentially he gave these people the green light,” and said Trump’s supporters are “really holding on to every word and every tweet.”
“WE HAVE MUCH MORE TO DO”
At the beginning of the hearing, Thompson and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the committee’s Republican vice chair, announced that the panel would “convene again” in September to further explain its findings.
“Doors have opened, new subpoenas have been issued, and the dam is beginning to break,” Cheney said of the committee’s investigation. “We have a lot more to do. We have far more evidence to share with the American people and even more to collect.”
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