Rincendiary messages, fake lists and pressure on the ground In Congress testified about the attempts of the Trump team to influence the election, the Committee investigating the events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 concluded that the 45th US President Donald Trump tried to falsify the election results and challenge Joe Biden’s victory
Storming of the U.S. Capitol, January 6, 2021
Why is Congress investigating the events of January 6
In early June, public hearings began in the United States on the case of the storming of the Capitol and the accompanying riots on January 6, 2021, which resulted from the defeat of Donald Trump in the presidential election.
The Special Congressional Committee to Investigate these events was formed for the most part from Democrats— members of the House of Representatives and began its work in July last year. His intention was to prove that the actions of the 45th US president directly influenced the events of January 6. The committee is now presenting conclusions to whichHe came over the past year, having studied more than 140 thousand pages of various documents and interviewed more than a thousand witnesses. In total, at least six public hearings were scheduled for June, the fourth in a row took place on June 21. The committee’s final report is due to be published in September, less than a month before the midterm congressional elections.
If the first hearing, held in early June, was mostly devoted to the reconstruction of the storming of the Capitol, the subsequent ones focused on the behavior of Trump and his entourage both on January 6 and in the 2020 elections, when it became obvious that the Republican was inferior to Joe Biden and would not be re-elected for a second term. At the hearing, evidence was presented that Trump first tried to falsify the election results, and then to achieve the cancellation of recognition of their results.
What became known about Trump’s actions during the storming of the Capitol
The committee concluded that Trump not only provoked riots at the Capitol and its seizure with his statements about election fraud by Democrats, but also led a crowd of his supporters on January 6, using Twitter for this. During the first day of the hearing, a video was shown in which a protester reads Trump’s message into a megaphone, in which he accuses his vice President Mike Pence of unwillingness to cancel the election results at a congressional meeting held at that time, where he was supposed to beBiden’s victory has been confirmed. The committee also presented testimony from representatives of the White House, which spoke about Trump’s unwillingness to prevent an attack on the Capitol. One of the witnesses said that the American president knew that the protesters had built a gallows for Pence, which the demonstrators had built near the building, and approved the idea. “Maybe our supporters have the right idea about this. Mike Pence deserved it,” Trump said, according to the testimony of one of the witnesses.
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The committee also presented evidence that some Republicans who were in the Capitol during the assault called Trump and asked him to stop what was happening. Among them was the party’s official representative in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCartney. However, the person who called for the help of the National Guard and gave her the order to suppress the riots was not Trump, but Pence. Chairman of the Joint CommitteeThe Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milli, claimed that he had several telephone conversations with the Vice president and that he “gave very clear, direct and unambiguous orders”. According to him, Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows told Millie that he should claim to be receiving orders from Trump in order to create the appearance that the situation is under control.
How Trump tried to falsify the election results
Evidence was also presented at the hearing that Trump’s staff had developed a two-tier plan that allowed the incumbent president to win or cancel the election result. The president’s entourage and he personally put pressure on officials when counting votes in wavering states. In particular, the heads of election commissions from the Republican Party in Arizona and Georgia were asked to find the missing votes in favor of Trump or annul the results. According to the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives , RustyBowers, Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani called him and convinced him that the annulment was necessary, since “fake votes” of stateless migrants or deceased people were cast for Biden. Giuliani called on Bowers to create a committee to investigate information about fraud in order to create an alternative list of electors loyal to Trump. However, Giuliani could not provide any evidence of fraud. Trump also called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger with a request to “find” 11 thousand votes.
The creation of alternative lists of candidates for the Electoral College was the second part of the plan. They were necessary in order to guarantee the presence of “loyal” people in the college and ensure the victory of the Republicans. Such an initiative was put forward by Trump’s lawyer and adviser John Eastman, who called the head of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, and asked for help. Eastman also tried to convince Pence that he could unilaterally reject the votescertified electors in some states. Despite the fact that Trump’s headquarters knew about the illegality of this scheme, his supporters continued to adhere to the plan and tried to give Pence a list of alternative electors from the states of Michigan and Wisconsin even on January 6. Republican Senator Ron Johnson’s correspondence with Pence’s aide was presented at the hearing, in which the senator asked if the vice president was ready to accept an alternative list.
How Trump’s inner circle and his family behaved
The Committee, among other things, found out whether those close to Trump believed in his statements about election fraud and in his victory in the presidential race. The US Attorney General in 2019–2020, William Barr, rejected the ex-president’s accusations that the Democrats stole his victory from him, and called the allegations of falsification nonsense. Trump’s daughter Ivanka took the side of the Attorney General. “I respect Attorney General Barr. So I accepted what he was saying,” she said on the video shown at the hearing. According to her, Barrhe repeatedly tried to explain to Trump that he was wrong. Barr himself stated that the Justice Department had not found any evidence of Trump’s allegations, and therefore he asked the president to drop the allegations of election fraud, since he “does not want to be part of it.”
“This is not a congressional investigation, but a terrible situation and a waste of time” is how Trump himself commented on the information presented at the hearing on June 17.
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