House investigation says Trump must be held accountable

Donald Trump opens the door wide open “Anarchy and Corruption” The head of the House investigation into the attack on the Capitol on Thursday, July 21, said he should be held legally responsible for the January 6, 2021 attack.

former republican president “They tried to destroy our democratic institutions”Benny Thompson confirmed during a prime-time hearing, which complements a series of public presentations of his committee’s work. Paved the way for chaos and corruption, the Democrat-elect who, sick with Covid-19, intervened by video continued. For him, all those responsible for the attack, including those in the White House, will have to do it Responding to their actions before the courts. It will require dire consequences, or else I fear that our democracy will not recover. »

Then two members of the committee presented on January 6, 2021 as the case “minute by minute” By Donald Trump, whom they accused of owning ‘He failed his duty’ From the commander in chief, by not doing ” nothing “ To prevent his supporters from causing chaos in the Capitol. However, it was he who summoned them to Washington, the day parliamentarians were witnessing the victory of his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the presidential election. At noon, in a fiery speech in the heart of the capital, he asked them to “Fight Like Demons” against supposed “Extensive electoral fraud”.

Then he returned to the White House, as the crowd launched an attack on the temple of American democracy. It took more than three hours before he called on his supporters to leave the building. “I know your painHe finally told them in a video posted on Twitter. But we have to go home now. »

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Trump relatives ‘begged him to intervene’

Thursday’s session before the House of Representatives committee returned to what happened between the two speeches.

Donald Trump took root in the White House dining room, and followed the attack on TV “While his close advisors and family members were begging him to intervene”, described Democrat-elect Elaine Luria. But “President Trump refused to act because of his selfish desire to remain in power.”she added.

In a video of his testimony, former White House legal counsel Pat Cipollone confirmed that he said around 2 p.m. “It is very clear that we need an immediate and clear public statement calling on people to leave the Capitol.”.

As for the federal police, they are the Washington Police, the Army, the National Guard, and President Trump “I did not call them to give orders nor to offer help”to Capitol officials who were overwhelmed by the crowd, said Eileen Luria.

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” Insufficient “

The president did nothing wrong by not acting for 187 minutes (…) choose not to acthit Adam Kinzinger, one of the elected Republicans who agreed to participate in the committee’s work and has since been disowned by their party.

Even worse, at 2:24 p.m. he sent a tweet criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for not wanting to prevent certification of election results, fueling rioters’ complaints, lawmakers noted.

Within the next two hours, he sent two more tweets just calling out to the crowd “to remain peaceful”. Then White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews stated that he agreed to send the letter only after his daughter Ivanka intervened. “It wasn’t enough”And the ‘We were hoping for something a little less mysterious’Matthew Pottinger, the then deputy national security adviser, was also called as a witness Thursday night.

And when he finally filmed a video calling on his supporters to leave the Capitol, he did not respect the script written by his advisers. “I know your pain”He chose to say, presenting himself once again as a victim of an election “airplane”.

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“No one is above the law”

This plenary session is the eighth in six weeks and the second in prime time across the country. Its predecessors focused, among other things, on the role of the far-right in the attack or on the pressure placed on election agents by Donald Trump and his relatives.

The “January 6 Commission” It will then withdraw from public scrutiny to work on its final report, which will be delivered in the fall. But it will continue to collect testimonies and documents and will hold new hearings in September, according to Benny Thompson.

Whatever his recommendations, the decision to impeach Donald Trump rests with Attorney General Merrick Garland, who does not rule him out. “No one is above the law”Repeat on Wednesday.

Donald Trump, who is openly flirting with the idea of ​​running for president in 2024, vehemently deplores the commission’s work.

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