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Attack on the Capitol: What Trump did – and didn’t do – on January 6

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: he did nothing to stop the riot”,”text”:”It’s very simple: he did nothing to stop the riot”}}”>It’s very simple: he did nothing to stop the riotsummarized the elected Democrat Elaine Luria during an interview this weekend on CNN. And yet, his advisers kept calling on him to act.

With her Republican colleague Adam Kinzinger, also a veteran, she will lead the charge against the ex-president who, according to her, has failed in his duty commander-in-chief by not calling on his supporters to withdraw from the seat of Congress.

Representative Adam Kinzinger.

Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republican Party representatives serving on the committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault.

Photo: Getty Images/Pool

Yet it was he who had summoned them to Washington, the day the elected officials were to certify the victory of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, in the presidential election.

Around noon, in a fiery speech in the heart of the capital, he had asked them to fight like hell against supposed massive electoral fraud. He then returned to the White House, while the crowd launched an assault on the temple of American democracy.

He had taken more than three hours before calling on his supporters to leave the premises. I know your painhe finally told them in a video posted on Twitter. But we have to go home now.

Watch the attack on TV

Thursday’s hearing before the House of Representatives committee, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans repudiated by their party, must return to what happened between these two speeches.

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Entrenched in the private dining room of the White House, Donald Trump followed the attack on television, according to excerpts of deposition posted Thursday on Twitter by Adam Kinzinger.

  Donald Trump speaks into a microphone.

Former United States President Donald Trump

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All the while he did not once pick up his phone to order his administration to lend a hand to overwhelmed police, said Republican lawmaker Liz Cheney.

h24 a tweet that became infamous”,”text”:”Not only did he do nothing, but at 2:24 p.m. he sent a tweet that became infamous”}}”>Not only did he do nothing, but at 2:24 p.m. he sent a tweet that became infamous who threw fuel on the fire by criticizing his vice-president Mike Pence for not wanting to block the certification of the results of the election, added Elaine Luria.

For her, Donald Trump wanted this violence. He didn’t react only after realizing that it would not produce the expected resultshe told the washington post.

Matthew Pottinger, then deputy national security adviser, and Sarah Matthews, deputy spokesperson, are expected to testify publicly for the first time behind the scenes of this sinister day. Both had resigned after January 6.

Last public hearing

The committee is also expected to show lengthy video clips of Pat Cipollone’s testimony: the former White House legal adviser recently said his former boss should have conceded defeat.

The hearing could also return to the efforts made the next day by Donald Trump’s advisers to have him denounce the violence against the Capitol in a video, and on his difficulty in doing so.

This public session is the eighth in six weeks and the second broadcast in prime time throughout the country. The previous ones have focused, among other things, on the role of the far right in the assault or on the pressure exerted on electoral agents by Donald Trump and his relatives.

Exceptionally, it will take place in the absence of the chairman of the committee, Democrat Bennie Thompson, who is sick with COVID-19.

theJanuary”,”text”:”January 6 committee”}}”>January 6 committee will then withdraw from public scrutiny to work on its final report which, according to elected Democrat Zoe Lofgren, will be delivered in the fall.

But he will continue to collect testimonies and documents and it is not impossible that he will organize a new hearing if he obtains new elements.

Possible charges

Its findings could include a recommendation to initiate legal action against the former president.

The decision will rest with Justice Secretary Merrick Garland, who is not ruling it out. No one is above the lawhe repeated on Wednesday.

Mr. Garland speaks at a press conference.

Merrick Garland, US Attorney General

Photo: dpa via getty images / Mandel Ngan

Donald Trump, who openly flirts with the idea of ​​running for president in 2024, vehemently denounces the work of the committee and would not fail to present himself as the victim of a political cabal if he were indicted.

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