Sources have told The Guardian that just hours before the deadly January 6th attack on the US Capitol, Donald Trump made several calls from the White House to his allies from various militia groups who were staying at the Willard Hotel in Washington specifically to discuss ways to stop or delay the certification of Joe Biden’s election win from taking place.
Trump told them that his vice-president, Mike Pence, was “reluctant” to go along with the plan to commandeer his largely ceremonial role at the joint session of Congress in a way that would allow Trump to retain the presidency for a second term.Trump then pressed his aides about how to stop President-Elect Biden’s certification from taking place, and delay the process to get alternate slates of electors for Trump sent to Congress. The Guardian reports Trump phoned his “lieutenants” at the Willard sometime between the late evening of January 5th and the early hours of January 6th after becoming furious at Pence for refusing to do him a final favor.
The new report says that Trump’s remarks reveal “a direct line from the White House and the command center at the Willard”. The conversations also show Trump’s thoughts appear to be in line with the motivations of the pro-Trump mob that carried out the Capitol attack.
Trump called from the White House to the Willard Hotel — Eastman, Bannon, Giuliani
Past time to make this a criminal investigation!!!
— Outspoken (@Out5p0ken) November 30, 2021
Meanwhile, Trump’s former Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, got scared enough by the threat of criminal prosecution that he’s now ready to comply with the House Select Committee. Meadows was also in communication with the same people at the Willard Hotel, and that should feature prominently in his questioning.
Mark Meadows is cooperating with the House select committee investigating the January 6 riot and is providing records and agreeing to appear for an initial interview, CNN exclusively has learned. https://t.co/k1SWNGEYZr
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) November 30, 2021