U.S. Capitol riot hearing reveals Trump’s allies, daughter denies allegations of fraud

Congressional committee investigating Donald Trump supporters trying to undo his defeat in 2020 In an election against the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, he testified that close allies – even his daughter – have denied his false allegations of voting fraud.

U.S. House of Representatives Selection Committee investigating the 2021 January 6 also showed videos of thousands of rioters attacking police and invading the Capitol. It was the first of six scheduled hearings to show that the former Republican president had planned to illegally maintain power.

The Democratic-led committee presented a video with testimony from prominent figures in the Trump administration, including his daughter Ivank Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, Attorney General William Barr, campaign spokesman Jason Miller, and General Mark Milley.

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Also shown was part of Trump’s inciting speech against the attack, in which he repeated false allegations of election fraud and directed his supporters ’anger at Vice President Mike Pence, who was in the Capitol overseeing Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory in Congress. prevention failed.

Some Congressional Republicans condemned D. Trump a few days after the attack, but most have since changed their melody, supported it, and downplayed the violence of the day. Trump himself followed Republicans who voted to blame him for his actions and supported them in key rivals before Nov. 8. the forthcoming mid-term elections, which will determine Congressional control for the next two years. read more

Democrat committee chairman Bennie Thompson said Trump was at the center of a conspiracy to disrupt American democracy and block a peaceful transfer of power.

“January 6 was the culmination of a coup d’état, an audacious attempt to overthrow the government, as one writer said shortly after Jan. 6,” Thompson said. “The violence was not accidental. That was Mr Trump’s last speech.

In a testimony filmed in the video, Barr said: “I have made it clear that I do not agree with the idea of ​​saying the election was stolen and announcing these things that I call stupidity. And, you know, I didn’t want to take part in it. “

Barro’s attitude convinced Trump’s daughter.

“I respect Attorney General Barr. So I agreed with what he said,” Ivanka Trump said in a testimony filmed in the video.

Mr Trump, who is publicly flirting with another White House post in 2024, issued a statement before the meeting calling the committee “political bandits.”

“Aware of the rioters’ chanting of ‘hanging Mike Pence,'” the president replied, “Well, maybe our supporters have the right idea,” said spokeswoman Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans in the nine-member commission. and its Vice-Chair.

After resigning last year, Trump continued his false claims that his defeat in 2020. in the election, Biden was the result of widespread fraud. This claim was rejected by a number of courts, state election officials and members of his own administration.

“We cannot live in a world where the current administration remains in power on the basis of an approach unsupported by concrete evidence of election fraud,” said Barras, who resigned about two weeks before the Capitol attack. video.

Kushner was shown in a video in which the threats of some of Trump’s aides to resign after the riots were dismissed as “whining.”

The meeting was also attended by two witnesses who testified in person: U.S. Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards, who suffered a brain injury during the attack, and Nick Quested, a filmmaker who captured footage of the far-right group Proud Boys, accused of aiding in planning. attack.

Edwards described the insurgents ’insults, which were thrown at her during the clash, but said she was proud to have been beaten with them even after the injury.

“I slipped into people’s blood,” Edwards said. “It was a massacre. It was chaos.”

“What I saw was just a war scene,” Edwards added.

“Called the crowd”

The crowd attacked police, sent lawmakers and Pence to flee for their safety, and caused millions of dollars in damage. Four people were killed that day, one was killed by police and the others by natural causes. More than 100 police officers were injured and one died the next day. Four officers later died from suicide.

“Those who invaded our Capitol and fought law enforcement for hours were motivated by what President Trump told them: that the election was stolen and that he was a legitimate president,” Cheney said. “President Trump has called a crowd, assembled a crowd and ignited the attack.”

Cheney has warned his fellow Republicans who voted to remove her from office as head of the House of Representatives: “The day will come when Donald Trump will not be there, but your disgrace will remain.”

Cheney noted that several Republican congressmen after the Jan. 6 contacted the White House to apologize for its alleged role in trying to cancel the election.

Biden described the attack on Thursday as a “clear, gross violation of the Constitution.”

A Reuters / Ipsos poll released on Thursday highlighted the partisan lens through which many Americans view the attack. Among Republicans, it was found that about 55% believed the false statement that left-wing protesters were leading the attack, and 58% believed that most protesters complied with the law.

Georgia’s two Republican election officials, who Trump tried to press to “find” votes that would undo his defeat in the election, will testify at a hearing later this month, a source familiar with the issue said. read more

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Reports by Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan; Additional reports by Doina Chiacu, Linda So, Trevor Hunnicutt, Kanishka Singh and Jason Lange; Montavo Will Dunham, Scott Malone, Andy Sullivan and Alistair Bell

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