Trump calls Jan. 6 hearing ‘totally partisan,’ says Ivanka had ‘checked out’
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Former President Trump slammed the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 and its primetime hearing Thursday night time as “totally partisan,” whereas taking a swipe to undercut his daughter, Ivanka Trump’s testimony saying she “accepted” then-Attorney General Bill Barr’s conclusion that the 2020 presidential election was not stolen.
Trump, posting on his personal TRUTH Social platform, known as the committee hearing Thursday night time a “one sided, totally partisan, POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
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Lawmakers on the Jan. 6 committee on Thursday night time mentioned Trump “spurred a mob of domestic enemies” to assault the Capitol in an effort to “subvert American democracy” and overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Lawmakers on the committee additionally introduced movies of interviews and depositions with former high Trump officers earlier than the choose committee, together with one from Attorney General Bill Barr and his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
Barr mentioned he had three discussions with Trump between Election Day 2020 and his early resignation from the Trump administration in December 2020.
“I made it clear I did not agree with the idea that the election was stolen, which, I told the president, was bulls–t,” Barr mentioned throughout his deposition. “And you know, I didn’t want to be a part of it, and that’s one of the reasons that went into me deciding to leave when I did.”
Barr added that: “You can’t live in a world where the incumbent administration stays in power based on its view, unsupported by specific evidence, that the election–that there was fraud in the election.”
Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., additionally introduced video testimony from Ivanka Trump on Barr’s assertion that the Justice Department discovered “no fraud sufficient to overturn the election.”
During the video, Ivanka Trump was requested how Barr’s assertion affected her perspective of the election.
“It affected my perspective,” she testified. “I respect Attorney General Barr, so, I accepted what he was saying.”
Trump, taking goal at his daughter on TRUTH Social Friday morning, mentioned she “was not involved in looking at, or studying Election results.”
“She had long since checked out and was, in my opinion, only trying to be respectful to Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!)” Trump posted.
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Trump additionally slammed Barr as a “coward” and as a “weak and frightened Attorney General who was always being ‘played’ and threatened by the Democrats and was scared stiff of being impeached.”
Trump’s response comes after Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., in his opening assertion, mentioned Trump “was at the center of this conspiracy.”
“Ultimately, Donald Trump, the President of the United States, spurred a mob of domestic enemies..to march down the Capitol and subvert American democracy,” Thompson mentioned.
Cheney, in the course of the hearing, mentioned “there is no room for debate.”
“Those who invaded our Capitol and battled law enforcement for hours were motivated by what President Trump had told them–that the election was stolen and that he was the rightful president,” Cheney mentioned. “President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack.”
The Select Committee performed a never-before-seen video of graphic occasions that transpired in the course of the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol. Thompson, earlier than taking part in the tape, warned that it “is hard to watch.”
Meanwhile, Cheney mentioned that there’s “no doubt that President Trump was well aware of the violence as it developed.”
“White House staff urged President Trump to intervene and call off the mob,” Cheney mentioned, presenting a doc written by a member of the White House employees “advising what the president needed to say” whereas the assault was underway on the Capitol.
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“Anyone who entered the Capitol without proper authority should leave immediately,” the observe Cheney introduced learn. “This is exactly what his supporters on Capitol Hill and nationwide were urging the president to do. He would not.”
Cheney additionally pointed to congressional leaders who “begged” Trump for assist, together with Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, who was “‘scared’ and called multiple members of President Trump’s family after he could not persuade the president himself.”
“Not only did President Trump refuse to tell the mob to leave the Capitol, he placed no call to any element of the United States government to instruct that the Capitol be defended,” Cheney mentioned. “Trump did not call his secretary of defense on January 6th. He did not talk to his attorney general. He did not talk to the Department of Homeland Security.”
“President Trump gave no order to deploy the National Guard that day, and he made no effort to work with the Department of Justice to coordinate and display and deploy law enforcement assets,” Cheney mentioned.
Cheney, although, mentioned then-Vice President Mike Pence did contact the Pentagon for belongings to guard the Capitol.
Cheney performed audio of testimony from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, who mentioned Pence “was very animated and he issued very explicit, very direct, unambiguous orders–there was no question about that.”
Milley mentioned Pence urged then-Defense Secretary Christopher Miller to “get military down here, get the guard down here, put down this situation.”
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In distinction, Milley shared particulars of his dialog with then-White House chief of employees Mark Meadows.
“He said, we have, we have to kill the narrative that the vice president is making all the decisions,” Milley testified Meadows mentioned. “We need to establish the narrative that, you know, that the president is still in charge and that things are steady or stable.”
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Milley added: “That’s something– I immediately interpret that as politics, politics, politics. Red flag for me personally.”
Thursday’s hearing was simply the primary of seven televised hearings anticipated within the coming weeks. The subsequent hearings have already been introduced for Monday and Wednesday of subsequent week.