Hearings on the committee investigating the January 6, 2021 violent attack on Congress resumed on Tuesday with a review of what lawmakers call former President Donald Trump’s encouragement of far-right groups to block a democratic process. As VOA correspondent Katherine Gypson explains, the lawmakers argued that Mr. Trump’s claims of election manipulation were grounds for attack.
A tweet from former President Donald Trump is what lawmakers are calling a watershed moment, calling on extremist groups to attack the Capitol…
“Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are the two main groups that immediately responded to President Trump’s call. The Proud Boys are a far-right militant group that advocates violence and white supremacy. The Oath Keepers are extremists who espouse a wide range of conspiracy theories and attempted to act as a private paramilitary force for Donald Trump,” said Democratic lawmaker Jamie Raskin.
In the seventh public hearing, lawmakers detailed the final stages of their claims that Mr. Trump lied about what they say was rigged in the election, motivating his supporters to subvert the democratic process.
“Donald Trump called a crowd in Washington, D.C., and ultimately incited it to launch a violent attack on our democracy,” said Democratic lawmaker Bennie Thompson.
Mr. Trump and most Republicans in Congress have criticized the investigation, calling it unfair and unbalanced. But a vocal Republican who voted to impeach Donald Trump said the hearings are holding him accountable.
“The strategy is to blame the people that his advisers called, and I quote, ‘crazy,’ for what Donald Trump did. This, of course, is nonsense. President Trump is 76 years old, he is not a child to be influenced. Like everyone else in our country, he is responsible for his actions,” said Republican lawmaker Liz Cheney.
Multiple White House advisers testified that they told the former president he had lost the election — but he still pressured the Justice Department to take control of the voting machines…
“For the federal government to take control of the voting machines is a terrible idea. We don’t do things this way in the United States. There is no legal authority to do that,” said Pat Cipollone, a former White House adviser.
After losing several court cases related to the election, Mr. Trump mobilized his supporters to challenge the official count of electoral votes on January 6.
The commission found that Mr. Trump’s campaign manager believed the former president’s actions directly led to the death of Ashley Babbitt, a supporter who was shot by Capitol Police near the House of Representatives.
Former adviser to Mr. Trump, Steve Bannon announced that he is now ready to testify before the commission. In a public hearing next week, investigators are expected to examine former President Trump’s role in the events of January 6, minute by minute./VOA
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