Trump releases video rant branding January 6 Committee findings a 'monstrous lie'
Former President Donald Trump has released a five-minute video in which he talks about how the commission’s Jan. 6 findings were a “monstrous lie.”
In the video, posted Friday night on his Truth Social platform, Trump denies the report’s findings that he was ultimately responsible for the 2021 U.S. Capitol uprising.
“The unselected committee has not provided any evidence that I in any way intended or wanted violence in our capital,” Trump said. “The proof does not exist because the claim is baseless and a monstrous lie.
“There was no revolt and there would be no revolt. It was made up by these sick people,” Trump said, adding how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the mayor of Washington DC refused to comply with Trump’s request to place up to 20,000 National Guard troops on the streets around the Capitol.
Former President Donald Trump has released a five-minute video denying the January 6 commission’s findings
The commission’s final report finds Trump ultimately responsible for the 2021 U.S. Capitol uprising
Trump then downplayed the day’s events and addressed some of the conspiracy theories that have since emerged, including how the doors to the Capitol were “thrown open for people to walk in” and that “federal informants” were involved. at the violence.
“The events of January 6 were not an uprising,” Trump insisted. It was a protest that tragically spiraled out of control and has been weaponizing the left ever since.
“The committee cut the part of my speech where I encouraged protesters to raise their voices peacefully and patriotically, but no one ever says that,” Trump complained.
During the video, Trump defended his January 6, 2021 actions, going against the select committee’s conclusion that he went 187 minutes without responding to the riot.
With the White House in the background, President Donald Trump is pictured speaking at the Stop The Steal rally in Washington on January 6, 2021, prior to the U.S. Capitol riot
Trump argued that two tweets urging “peace and respect” would be sent within 25 minutes of the Capitol breakthrough, along with a follow-up statement half an hour later.
“I told protesters to go home with peace and respect,” Trump insisted.
But the report describes how “none of these tweets had any discernible impact on the violent rioters.”
“Neither the 2:38 PM nor the 3:13 PM tweets made any difference,” the report said.
Trump also reiterated his claim that he had pushed for the deployment of 10,000 to 20,000 National Guard troops before the riot to keep the event safe.
Such an allegation was directly refuted by the committee in the management report.
Rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington during the siege
Rioters face police at the Capitol on January 6, 2021
The select committee found no evidence for this. In fact, Christopher Miller, President Trump’s own acting secretary of defense, directly refuted this when testifying under oath,” the report said.
The former president also denied a story that emerged during the committee’s hearings about how Trump “jumped out to the wheel” of his presidential limousine.
Trump accused the commission: “They put forward an absurd and discredited story of me supposedly grabbing the wheel trying to take over a presidential limousine and they believe that story. Nobody believes that story!’ he said.
Trump also continued to push the false claim that the election was stolen, noting that the subject was not mentioned by the panel.
“The election was a corrupt disaster,” he said.
Trump disputes the commission’s conclusion that he did not respond to the riot for 187 minutes, claiming he sent two tweets urging “peace and respect.” The photo shows the commission holding its last meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington earlier this week
On Thursday, the commission’s 845-page document was released detailing the findings of the panel’s 18-month investigation, based on more than 1,000 witness interviews and more than a million pages of source material.
The commission uncovered a “multipart conspiracy” orchestrated by Trump and his closest allies, all with the goal of undoing his 2020 election defeat.
The report traces Trump’s lies about widespread election fraud to pre-election day conversations with some of his allies, evidence that his plan was “premeditated,” the committee says.
After executing that plan by questioning the legitimate results on election night – “Honestly, we won this election,” he told the TV cameras – he deliberately spread false accusations of fraud.
Many Trump White House advisers told him the lies weren’t true, according to multiple committee interviews, and his campaign lost a series of lawsuits challenging the results. But the former president did not hesitate.
This exhibition of a video released by the House Select Committee shows rioters on the second floor outside the Senate chamber, shown during a final meeting of the House Select Committee
Donald Trump was not a passive consumer of these lies. “He actively promoted them.”
The false claims “provoked his supporters to violence on January 6,” the commission wrote. Trump summoned them to Washington and in a fiery speech instructed them to march to the Capitol, even though some were “angry and some armed.”
And after the violence started, Trump waited hours to tell them to stop. That was ‘dereliction of duty’, according to the committee.
On Friday night, the House selection committee released a new trove of transcripts of witness statements
The testimonies of several high-profile witnesses included Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, former Attorney General Bill Bar, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Testimony from the daughter of former President Donald Trump, who served as an adviser to him at the White, details the efforts she made with her father on the day of the riot to condemn the violence.
Trump claims the commission “has not produced any evidence” linking him to the violence, calling the allegations “baseless” and a “monstrous lie.” Supporters of President Donald Trump attend a rally earlier on January 6
Her efforts were often at the request of other White House staffers, and at one time Senator Susan Collins, who called the first daughter to urge her father to do more.
Ivanka also told investigators she was “saddened” by an Oval Office call she overheard, in which her father unsuccessfully tried to convince Vice President Mike Pence to reverse their election loss.
Ivanka said it was a “pretty heated phone call” about Pence’s role in certifying the Senate electoral votes.
“There seemed to be a discussion about the rights of the vice president in his position and the duties in his position as president of the Senate,” Ivanka told the committee.
“It was a different tone I’d heard him strike before with the vice president,” she said. “It saddened me to see them disagree. They were very consistently on the same wavelength.’