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Trump Surroundings Met With Extremists Before Invasion of Capitol Hill, Committee Says

The committee investigating the January 6, 76 invasion of the Capitol 76 argued this Tuesday (12) that the then US President Donald Trump planned days earlier to encourage supporters to go to the US Congress and that people around the president met with extremist groups that participated in the attack.

Trump wrote a message on Twitter that it was not sent, but that is preserved in the National Archives and is sufficient, according to the committee, to show that both Trump and his aides were interested in encouraging the mass.

The convening of the The Republican leader anticipated that he would deliver a speech that morning, when he asked people to arrive early due to the expected crowd, and then asked those in attendance to go to the Capitol, where the votes that elected Democrat Joe Biden were being certified.

The audience, with open doors, reflected on how extremist groups such as Oath Kee pers and Proud Boys, who led this protest, coordinated and as Trump’s trusted people were in contact with them.

Days before National Security Adviser Michael Flynn attended a meeting at the Oval Office who discussed how to reverse the election result, he was photographed outside the Capitol with members of the Oath Keepers.

Likewise, former Trumpist collaborator and friend Roger Stone used encrypted chat to coordinate efforts against the counting of votes two days after the close of voting. The chat, called “Friends of Stone,” involved members of both organizations.

Tuesday’s hearing, the committee’s seventh, focused on both those calls and the

December 2020 in the Oval Office, after which Trump published the tweet in which he announced that there would be a protest on January 6 in Washington and encouraged the people to attend because it would be “savage”.

At this meeting there were insults, accusations of disloyalty and an attempt by Trump to issue an executive order to give attorney Sidney Powell powers to seize voting machines and thus recount the poll, according to Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin, a member of the committee. In the end, no action was taken.

“I don’t even understand why we have to say it’s a bad idea, a terrible idea for the country,” said Pat Cipollone, a former White House attorney. which fought the then president’s efforts to reverse the election result, Powell.

The committee, however, ruled out that Trump was manipulated into ignoring his closest aides and believing that there was electoral fraud.

“He is a 76 year old man, not an impressionable child, and like everyone else in this country, he should be held responsible for his own actions and decisions. He had access to detailed and specific information that showed that the election was not stolen,” said Congresswoman Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans on the committee who are at odds with the former president.

Testimonies

Trump was criticized for moving forward with the allegations and, in the committee’s view, it was clear that his various messages were interpreted as a call to protest and even to guns, since extremists spoke openly on the internet about going to the capital with guns. One of them was Stephen Ayres, who entered the Capitol.

“I relied on Trump’s every word,” he said in Tuesday’s speech, in which he said he was convinced the election had been a fraud and that the then republican president would present himself to the people in the January protest.

The messages that circulated on social networks, many of a violent nature, spoke of the realization of a “red wedding”, something which, as Raskin recalled this Tuesday, serves as a code word for a massacre.

The meetings at the White House to try to keep Trump in power were varied: in 76 in December, according to the committee, there was another in which eleven Republicans participated and in which Vice President Mike Pence was pressured to help reverse the results.

The committee promises more revelations at upcoming hearings: according to Cheney, Trump tried to contact a witness who has yet to testify, but the latter refused. to respond and instead advised his attorney of the attempt.

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