WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — The House Jan. 6 committee began Tuesday trying to connect the final dots linking Donald Trump and the leaders of the violent assault on Capitol Hill, the culmination of his attempted coup to remain in power despite losing his re-election.
The seventh public hearing of the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot also planned to show how some Republican members of Congress were involved in that effort.
There was also testimony designed to show how Trump supporters, many of them ready to use violence to help him stay in the White House, took his December 19, 2020 tweet telling them to go to Washington on certification day. Congress. “wild” protest ceremony as a call to arms.
“He was warned that his actions risked inciting violence and undermining our democratic institutions, but he continued to do so anyway,” a committee aide told reporters Monday at a preview of Tuesday’s hearing. afternoon. “We will give the American public a more complete understanding of the final phase of President Trump and his supporters’ use of radical measures to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.”
During the first five hearings, the committee released a new video of the pro-Trump mob on Capitol Hill; evidence that his own staff had told Trump that he lost the 2020 election, but continued his lies about “voter fraud” anyway; the pressure that Trump put on Vice President Mike Pence to simply declare him the winner during the certification ceremony on January 6; attempts to coerce officials in states narrowly won by Biden, especially Georgia, to reverse election results in favor of Trump; and Trump’s attempts to subvert the Justice Department into falsely endorsing his claims of a “stolen” election.
The sixth public hearing was not originally planned; it was scheduled suddenly and in great secrecy after Cassidy Hutchinson, Trump’s top White House adviser, revealed attempts to intimidate her into not sharing explosive revelations about Trump’s actions until Jan. 6.
Trump, despite losing the election by 7 million votes nationally and 306-232 in the Electoral College, became the first president in more than two centuries of elections to refuse to hand over power peacefully. The Jan. 6 Capitol storming he led, his last bid to stay in office, killed five, including a police officer, injured 140 other officers and caused four police officers to commit suicide.
However, Trump remains the dominant figure in the Republican Party and is openly talking about running for president again in 2024.
In statements on his personal social media platform, Trump has continued to lie about the election and the work of the January 6 committee, calling it a “hoax” similar to previous investigations into accepting Russian aid in his 2016 campaign and his attempted extortion of Ukraine to help his 2020 campaign.