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Jan. 6 hearings: Committee reveals new details on Capitol attack, alleged Trump plot to overturn election

WASHINGTON – A House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurgency in the US Capitol accused Donald Trump on Thursday night, saying the attack was not “almost spontaneous” but a “coup attempt” and a direct result of his attempted assassination. to overthrow the 2020 elections.

In a 12-minute video you have never seen with deadly violence and shocking testimony from Trump’s inner circle, the 1/6 panel provided striking details by claiming that Trump’s repeated lies about electoral fraud and public his attempt to stop Joe Biden’s victory led to the attack and endangered American democracy

“Democracy remains in jeopardy,” said Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, MP, chair of the panel, during the hearing, which was timed to reach as many Americans as possible.

“January 6 was the culmination of a coup attempt, a brazen attempt, as one riot put it shortly after January 6, to overthrow the government,” Thompson said. “The violence was not accidental.”

In a previously unreleased video clip, the commission played a joke by former Attorney General Bill Barr, who testified that he told Trump that the allegations of rigged elections were “bull -“.

Elsewhere, former president Ivanka Trump’s daughter testified to the committee that she respected Barr’s view that there was no electoral fraud. “I accepted what he said.”

Others showed extremist leaders Oath Keepers and Proud Boys preparing to invade the Capitol to defend Trump. One by one, the committee was told that they had come to the Capitol because Trump had asked them to.

“President Trump has called for a violent mob,” said Liz Cheney, a Romanian lawmaker who chairs the committee that led a large part of the hearing. “When a president fails to take the necessary steps to maintain our union – or worse, it provokes a constitutional crisis – we are at a time of greatest danger to our democracy.”

There was a sigh of relief in the auditorium when Cheney read a bill that said that when Trump was informed that the Capitol mob was calling for the hanging of Vice President Mike Pence, Trump replied that they might be right, that he “deserved it.”

Trump was angry that Pence, who was chairing Congress that day, refused his mandate to reject the certification of Biden’s victory.

Officers who had fought mobs were comforting each other as they were sitting in the committee’s hall, re -lived the violence they faced on January 6th. Officer Harry Dan wept as body camera footage showed rioters hitting his colleagues with flagpoles and baseball bats.

In a discouraging testimony, U.S. Capitol Officer Caroline Edwards told the panel that she slipped into the blood of others as rioters pushed her into the Capitol. He suffered brain injuries in hand-to-hand combat.

“It was a massacre, it was chaos,” he said.

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Biden told the US Summit in Los Angeles that many viewers “would see for the first time many of the details that happened.”

Trump, without apology, again rejected the investigation – and even stated on social media that January 6 “represents the largest movement in the history of our country.”

Republicans in the House Justice Committee posted on Twitter: “Everything. Old. News.”

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The outcome of the two-hour hearing and the coming weeks of public hearings may not change the hearts or minds of politically polarized America. But the commission’s 1,000-interview survey is set to set a public record for history. A final report aims to provide a record of the most violent attack on the Capitol since the British set it on fire in 1814, and to ensure that such an attack never happens again.

The uprising left more than 100 police officers injured, many beaten and bloodied, as crowds of pro-Trump rioters, some armed with pipes, batons and bear spray, stormed the Capitol. At least nine people were killed during and after the riots, including a woman who was shot and killed by police.

The emotions are still raw in the Capitol and the security was strict for listening. Law enforcement officials have reported an increase in threats against members of Congress.

In that context, the commission was speaking in a divided America, ahead of the midterm elections, when voters decide which party controls Congress. Most television networks broadcast the broadcast live. The Fox News Channel did not.

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The committee’s chairman, political rights leader Thompson, opened the hearing with a scan of American history. saying that he heard those who deny the harsh reality of January 6 his own experience of growing up in a time and place “where people justified the actions of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan and lynching.”

Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, described what the commission had learned about the events that led to that tumultuous January day when Trump sent his supporters to Congress to “fight like hell” for his presidency. , as lawmakers undertook the standard routine work. for the certification of the results of the previous November.

Among those who testified was the documentary Nick Quested, which filmed the Proud Boys invading the Capitol – along with a pivotal meeting between then-group president Henry “Enrique” Tarrio and another extremist group, the Oath Keepers, last night. in a nearby garage. .

Court documents show that members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers have been discussing since November the need to fight to keep Trump in power. Leaders of both groups and some members have since been charged with rare charges of insurgency.

In the audience were several MPs who were trapped together in the Parliament gallery during the attack.

“We want to remind people, we were there, we saw what happened,” said Dean Phillips spokesman D-Minn. “We know how close we are to the first non-peaceful transition of power in this country.”

In the coming weeks, the commission is expected to present in detail Trump’s public campaign for “Stop the Steal” and private pressure on the Justice Department to reverse its electoral defeat – despite dozens of failed lawsuits and its own general prosecutor who confirmed that there was no fraud on a scale that could have tilted the results in his favor.

The panel faced obstacles from the beginning. Republicans prevented the formation of an independent body that could have investigated the January 6 attack in the way the 9/11 Commission investigated the 2001 terrorist attack.

Instead, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi inaugurated the 1/6 committee through Congress on the objections of Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell. He rejected lawmakers nominated by Republicans who voted against Jan. 6 against certifying the election results, eventually naming seven Democrats and two Republicans.

House of Representatives GOP Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who has been involved in the investigation and defied the committee’s summons for an interview, echoed Trump on Thursday. He called the commission a “fraud” and called the inquiry a “smokescreen” for Democrats’ priorities.

The hearings are expected to introduce Americans to a cast of characters, some acquaintances, others elusive, and what they said and did as Trump and his allies tried to overturn the election result.

The Ministry of Justice has arrested and charged more than 800 people with violence that day, the largest net in its history.

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Associated Press writers Kevin Freking and Michael Balsamo and Alanna Durkin Richer in Boston contributed to this report.

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