When supporters of Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol to stop the nomination of election winner Joe Biden as President of the United States, Trump did “nothing” to stop the unrest. This is what Adam Kinzinger, a Republican congressman and member of the Storm Inquiry Committee, told NBC News on January 6, 2021. Kinzinger will preside over Thursday’s hearing, which is broadcast prime time in the United States.
Kinzinger says Trump “did nothing more than watch TV” as his supporters stormed the Capitol and forced members of Congress to flee. The information is based on new testimony, including from Matthew Pottinger who served on Trump’s National Security Council but resigned after the congressional storming, according to CNN sources. According to CNN, Sarah Matthews, who served as press secretary at the White House before her resignation, is also expected to appear.
We filled in the gaps, says Kinzinger.
Kinzinger, one of the Republicans on the committee, invited his party colleagues to watch Thursday’s session and ask if Trump “is the strong leader you think you deserve.”
The session revolves around the 187 minutes that have passed since the riots began until just over three hours later, at 4.17pm, he posted a video on Twitter asking his supporters to leave the Capitol.
During that time, supporters attacked Congress, while several Trump advisers tried to persuade him to stop the riots.
‘He didn’t call the army’
“You’ll hear that Trump didn’t pick up the phone that day to order the government to help,” Liz Cheney, a Republican congressman and Jan. 6 committee member, told ABC News.
– He did not call the army, the Secretary of Defense did not receive an order and he did not contact the Minister of Justice, says Liz Cheney, and continues:
– He did not speak to the Department of Homeland Security. Vice President Mike Pence did all of this.
Previous hearings have focused on Trump’s attempts to pressure the Vice President, Department of Justice, and state officials to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. The hearings have also been about links between Trump and the violent extremist groups that participated in the riots. But so far, the committee has not delved into Trump’s actions during the riots.
There may be more questions
The hearing Thursday night US time is the eighth and final for this time, but according to the panel, there may be more later this year.
“If we get information that the American people need to know, it could be a matter of having more hearings,” Adam Kinzinger told NBC.
Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief adviser, has been called to testify. He initially refused but recently changed his mind. There is a lawsuit against him due to the so-called “Congressional Challenge”, a kind of challenge to the court. It is not known at this time what he will do after leaving the position.
Thursday’s session will begin at 8pm local time in Washington, which is 2am on Friday in Sweden.
On January 6, 2021, members of the United States Congress gather in the Capitol building, called the Capitol, to count the electoral votes for the presidential election and formally nominate Democrat Joe Biden to be the election winner and the next president.
In Washington, DC, tens of thousands of Donald Trump supporters attended a political rally at the same time. At the meeting, Trump reiterated his allegations of systematic electoral fraud and urged his supporters to go to Congress: “If you don’t fight hell, you don’t have a state anymore,” he said.
He did as much as he said. The protests turned violent when hundreds of people stormed the Capitol and clashed with police.
Five people were killed in the attack, including a police officer.
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