“Be there, it will be wild”
Trump is said to have given instructions to extremists
7/13/2022 5:52 a.m.
When Donald Trump calls for a storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, his radical supporters are well prepared. More and more in the investigative committee indicate that the then president mobilized a few days earlier – especially on the right-wing extremist scene.
The commission of inquiry into the storming of the Capitol in January last year warned then-President Donald Trump against attempts to influence witnesses. At the end of the public hearing in Washington, commission vice president Liz Cheney said Trump tried to contact a witness who had not yet testified publicly. He refused to answer the phone and hired a lawyer instead. The Republican added: “Let me once again say that we will take any attempt to influence the testimony of witnesses very seriously.”
The seventh public hearing of the commission of inquiry again concerned the day when supporters of the then Republican president brutally attacked the seat of parliament in Washington, DC. Congress met there to testify the victory of Trump’s democratic contender Joe Biden in the presidential election. The Commission is currently working on this attack. Trump still claims to have been deceived during his re-election through electoral fraud. He never presented any evidence of it, and dozens of lawsuits ended in failure.
According to the investigative committee, Trump had scheduled his supporters’ march to the Capitol a few days in advance. “President Trump has carried out his plan by calling on his supporters … to march to the Capitol in his January 6 speech,” said committee member Stephanie Murphy. “The evidence confirms that this was not a spontaneous call to action, but a deliberate strategy set in advance by the president,” said the Democrat.
A former Trump supporter testifies
There was information before January 6 that “very violent persons” were planning to gather in Washington that day, said Donell Harvin, who was then employed by a security agency in the US capital. Various groups would ally to this end. Trump loves people who publicly defend him with “malicious” behavior, his former campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said. They both testified behind closed doors – video snippets have now been shown during a public hearing.
According to committee member Jamie Raskin, Trump’s December 19 tweet had an “explosive impact” on the right-wing scene – such as the “Proud Boys” and “Oath Keepers” – and played a key role in their mobilization. A Twitter employee, whose testimony was presented anonymously at the hearing, said: “We have not seen this type of direct communication before.” For the first time, the president spoke to and instructed extremist organizations.
On December 19 – following a meeting with workers that witnesses say has gone out of control – Trump tweeted that he called for protests: “Big protest in Washington on Jan. 6. Be there, he’ll be wild! ” (Roughly: “Strong protest in Washington on Jan. 6. Be there, it’ll be wild!”). Trump supporter Stephen Ayres said phone calls on social networks prompted him to come to the US capital on January 6. He “definitely” believed there was a fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Trustees advised Trump to surrender
According to their own statements, several trustees advised Trump to quit the election he lost in November 2020. The committee showed video recordings of various interrogations of witnesses behind closed doors. Trump’s former secretary of labor, Eugene Scalia, said: “I told him I think it was time for him to admit President Biden won the elections.”
Former White House solicitor Pat Cipollone made a similar statement. He was convinced that Trump had to surrender. “There is a possibility of contesting the elections. But the idea that the federal government could confiscate voting machines … is a terrible idea. ” It has long been reported that the White House discussed the confiscation of voting machines in order to investigate allegations of fraud.
“Being on the losing side doesn’t mean you have to be happy about it,” said Democratic Committee chairman Bennie Thompson. You can do a lot, but don’t be aggressive. “What Donald Trump should have done at this point, which would be required of any American leader, is to say,” We did our best but we failed. ” Trump went in the opposite direction. Another public hearing is scheduled for next week.