Donald Trump can never be anywhere near the Oval Office again, Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) says, after some of the first-hand testimony she’s heard while sitting on the House Select Committee that was formed to get to the roots of the January 6th attack on Congress.
Cheney says there is first-hand eyewitness testimony placing Trump in the dining room watching the attack on his television, while political operatives, family members, and others repeatedly entered the room to plead with him to speak to his supporters and call off the violence.
On ABC, Liz Cheney says Jan 6 committee has first-hand testimony that Trump watched assault on the Capitol on TV & resisted pleas from McCarthy & Ivanka asking he call for a stop to the violence.
Cheney adds that she thinks Trump returning to office could be the end of democracy pic.twitter.com/iz8Ibydb3u
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 2, 2022
“He was sitting in the dining room next to the Oval Office watching the attack on television, as the assault on the Capitol occurred…the briefing room at the White House is just a mere few steps from the Oval Office. The president could have at any moment walked those very few steps into the briefing room, gone on live television, and told his supporters who were assaulting the Capitol to stop.”
Cheney refuses to affirm that it’s a case of criminal negligence, though she says there are criminal
to be looked into, but that there’s no question Trump’s actions — or lack thereof — is a clear case of dereliction of duty.
Trump did, of course, eventually release a recorded statement asking his supporters to go home, but it reportedly took a lot of cajoling and multiple takes before he could be pressed into an acceptable statement.
Now the one-year anniversary of the attack is approaching, and rather than condemning it, the former president has called the attack a ‘protest’ of what he calls the ‘real insurrection’ — his loss in the election. He’s even bostaed about the size of his crowd at the rally that turned into a deadly insurrection attempt, and announced an anniversary event to discuss the election fraud he claims took place.
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