What, exactly, did Donald Trump really do on January 6th, from the moment that the mob breached the barriers around the Capitol, until, hours later, he was finally pressured into recording a video message to tell them all to stand down? The January 6th Committee now has the answers, Adam Kinzinger says, and in the final scheduled hearing, they’ll reveal the details to the public.
However, there’s a caveat — he says while we’ll get the details on Thursday, in a primetime public hearing, the overarching story is that what Trump did was “not much.” For the most part, he spent the time watching the attack on television.
Ahead of Thursday’s primetime House Jan. 6 hearing, Rep. Adam Kinzinger says “we have filled in the blanks” on the 187 minutes of what former President Trump was doing during the attack on the Capitol.
“This is going to open people’s eyes in a big way.” pic.twitter.com/A5dD5mKc9Y
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) July 17, 2022
“We have filled in the blanks. I can’t necessarily say that the motives behind every piece of information we know, we’ll be able to explain, but this is going to open people’s eyes in a big way. The reality is, I’ll give you this preview. The president didn’t do very much but gleefully watch television…we’re going to present a lot more than that.”
The missing details from that time period include phone calls that are known to have happened, but that don’t seem to be mentioned in official records, and how Trump responded as media figures, family members, advisors, and Members of Congress all urged him to do something to put a stop to the attack.
Trump’s own documents confirm that the President had decided to call on his supporters to go to the Capitol on January 6th, but he chose not to widely announce it until his speech on the Ellipse that morning.See Also
The Committee obtained this draft tweet from the National Archives: pic.twitter.com/DUAiycjUlD
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) July 13, 2022
The Committee has already been able to confirm that Trump planned to join his supporters at the Capitol, and has received testimony that he threw a full-fledged tantrum when Secret Service members refused to take him there to join the mob.
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