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Monday, November 28, 2022

USA: Capital committee calls for consequences for ex-President Trump

The investigation committee into the attack on the US Capitol a year and a half ago is demanding dire consequences for then-President Donald Trump and his aides. Committee chairman Benny Thompson said, “Unless accountability is taken for every part of this plan by January 6th, I fear we will not address the ongoing threat to our democracy. Harsh to those responsible.” There must be results.” The hearings before the summer break must be held accountable before the law and before the American people.

The Investigative Committee of the Capitol attack seeks to shed light on the events at the White House on January 6, 2021, clarify responsibilities and draw conclusions. Trump supporters stormed the Parliament seat in Washington that day. Congress met there to formally confirm the election victory of Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Committee chairman Thompson said there was no doubt that Trump led a coordinated effort to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. He was connected through video due to corona infection. Thompson continued, “There is no doubt that he ordered a mob—a mob he knew to be heavily armed, violent and angry—to march on the Capitol and try to prevent a peaceful transfer of power.” Gave.”

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“He lied. He threatened. He betrayed his oath. He tried to destroy our democratic institutions.” Thompson announced that the committee’s investigation would continue. Further hearing will take place in September. The committee itself cannot initiate criminal proceedings. The decision rests with the Ministry of Justice.

Staff: Trump “added fuel to the fire”.

According to former employees, Trump “added fuel to the fire” during the Capitol attack. Sarah Matthews, then White House Vice President, told the public hearing: “It was clear that the situation at the Capitol was violent and rapidly escalating.” Matthews spoke about a tweet made by Trump during the events. In a brief message, he again attacked his then-vice Mike Pence.

“He should have told those people to go home,” Mathews said. The tweet was the last thing he needed at the time. The tweet was the opposite of de-escalation, insisted Matthew Pottinger, then deputy national security adviser, at the hearing.

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Mathews said the White House is discussing what kind of tweets Trump should use to stop the violence. Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany whispered to him that Trump did not want the word “peace” to appear in any form in such tweets. This should have been discussed. Trump’s daughter Ivanka was finally able to convince her father of the phrase “keep calm.” The following tweet was deleted: “Please support our Capitol Police and law enforcement agencies. You are truly on our nation’s side. Be peaceful!”

Security guards for then-Vice President Pence clearly feared for their lives in the attack. A White House security official said Secret Service bodyguards broadcast radio to say goodbye to their families. Previously, the committee had played audio recordings of radio messages from agents who were looking for a safe escape route for Pence in front of the violent mob’s entry into the building – and finally found it.

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