VIDEO: The House Select Committee’s hearings on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, day 8
The Jan. 6 committee disclosed new testimony Thursday of an “irate” Donald Trump demanding to be taken to the Capitol as the mob laid siege. Trump was well aware of the deadly attack and failed to call it off after having sent his supporters to fight for his presidency, witnesses said.
Chairman Bennie Thompson opened Thursday’s prime-time hearing of the Jan. 6 committee saying Trump as president did everything “everything in his power to overturn the election.” The panel aimed to show a “minute by minute” accounting of Trump’s actions during the grisly Jan. 6, 2021 attack. According to a member of the House committee, Trump stayed in the dining room at the White House, facing a television that was tuned to Fox News, for more than 2 1/2 hours.
Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia said there is no official record of Trump placing or receiving a call for that entire afternoon, and there are no photos of him until after he surfaced in the Rose Garden after 4 p.m.
Despite the lack of an official record, Luria said the committee has learned what Trump did that day.
The committee played snippets of a recorded interview it conducted with a former White House national security staffer. That staffer, whose voice was obscured to conceal his identity, said White House officials were “in a state of shock” over what was happening that day. Luria said Trump “did not call to issue orders. He did not call to offer assistance.”
Thompson said the panel will reconvene in September as the probe continues.
Read a recap from NPR: Committee focuses on what Trump did during the Jan. 6 insurrection