WASHINGTON Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, and other legislative leaders sprang into action to try to restore control of the vast complex as President Donald Trump refused to stop the crowd of his supporters from invading the Capitol.
They made calls to the acting attorney general and the secretary of defense, pleading with them to send assistance. They requested that the governors of the nearby states of Maryland and Virginia send National Guard troops and other law enforcement. In order to find out how they might return to the Capitol that same night and complete certifying Joe Biden’s election victory, they spoke with Vice President Mike Pence on the phone.
Oh my God, they’re simply shattering windows and acting in all different ways while claiming that someone had been shot. In a video tape shown at the House Jan. 6 committee hearing on Thursday, a distressed but composed Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calls Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and declares, “It’s absolutely horrible, and all at the instigation of the president of the United States.”
I’m going to phone the DOD secretary, Schumer, a Democrat from New York, says in another video.
One of the highlights of Thursday’s hearing, the last for the committee before the midterm elections on Jan. 6, was the startling video. The hearing also included a deep dive into Trump’s thoughts as the events developed and concluded with a unanimous decision by the panel to subpoena the former president for documents and testimony.
The following are some salient conclusions:
CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS FIGHT FOR SAFETYBehind-the-scenes footage of those tense moments was captured by Alexandra Pelosi, a documentary filmmaker who is the daughter of Nancy Pelosi. This footage produced some of the most captivating and impactful images during the nine hearings held by the committee on January 6 this year.
Never-before-seen video showed Pelosi, Schumer, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, Senate Republican Whip John Thune of South Dakota, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, Republican of Louisiana, as they hurriedly evacuated to a safe location during the siege and frantically worked the phones to call in reinforcements.
Yes, Mr. Attorney General; why don’t you ask the President to order them out of the Capitol? In one of the videos, a frustrated Schumer informs acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. “In your capacity as a law enforcement officer. a declaration they should all depart.
In another scenario, Pelosi informs the other leaders in the room that they must literally and figuratively clean up the poo poo in the Capitol after hearing rumors that rioters had urinated there. The vice president phones back later and informs the leaders that they will be able to return in one hour and begin counting and certifying the electoral votes. The speaker then informs Pence that she has been warned that it might take days to recapture the Capitol.
I sincerely appreciate it. Pelosi addresses the vice president throughout the call. good tidings
Trump publicly declared he was being robbed of an election he had won, even though he privately knew he had lost. People close to him informed the committee that he was publicly acknowledging that he had lost.
According to a Secret Service email that the committee was able to get and a statement made in testimony by former Trump associates, Trump was “livid” after the Supreme Court rejected his election challenge.
Then-White House Strategic Communications Director Alyssa Farah Griffin testified to the committee on January 6 that she stopped by the Oval Office “maybe a week after the election was called” to see how Trump was doing.
“Can you believe I lost to this effing guy?” he exclaimed while gazing at the television. said Farah Griffin.
Cassidy Hutchinson, another ex-White House assistant, provided a like experience. The president reportedly said to Mark Meadows, the chief of staff, “I don’t want people to know we lost,” or words to that effect. This is a shame. Find a solution, Hutchinson said. I do not want people to be aware of our defeat.
Hutchinson recalled Meadows telling her, “No, Cass, he knows its over,” in addition. Clearly, he lost. However, we’ll keep trying. There are still some great solutions available.
The testimony was given to support the committee’s argument that Trump was behaving dishonestly in order to maintain his power and purposefully misleading his supporters with false assertions about the election in order to incite them to join the violent mob that gathered at the Capitol on January 6.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the panel’s vice chair, said that the assertion that President Trump truly believed the election had been rigged is unfounded and does not serve as a justification. The argument that Donald Trump was deceived or unreasonable is inadmissible.
threats of violence in particular
The Secret Service was made aware of specific threats of violence at the Capitol days prior to the incident on January 6.
The committee claimed that despite being informed of the threats, Trump decided to go ahead with his plot to rig the election.
On December 26, 2020, the FBI and Secret Service both got information warning that a group of extremists with ties to white nationalism called the Proud Boys planned to march into Washington and forcibly overtake Capitol Police.
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The FBI then informed the Secret Service that right-wing organizations were setting up armed QRFs, or rapid reaction forces, a day before the uprising. On January 6, organizations like the Oath Keepers had guns stashed in Virginia and were ready to respond if POTUS requested assistance.
The Secret Service provided the committee with more than 1 million electronic conversations on January 6 in response to a subpoena. It was in these communications that the threats were found.
The president was aware of the crowd’s wrath since he had fueled it. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., claimed that because he misled them into believing that the election had been rigged and stolen, he knew they held that belief. And he knew they were armed and deadly by the time he incited that enraged mob to march on the Capitol.
“The peaceful transfer of power should be stopped, the better.
ADDITIONAL LEGAL RECOMMENDATIONS
Whether Congress will act on its recommendations and tighten the law to stop future candidates from stealing elections is one of the committee’s major unanswered questions.
Cheney stated that the panel will make other revisions.
The responsibility of this committee includes making recommendations for changes to ensure that January 6 never occurs again. To help assure that no other upcoming schemes to rig an election may succeed, we have already presented and the House has already enacted a bill to alter the Electoral Count Act, Cheney added. Additionally, based in part on the information you will hear today, we will make additional detailed recommendations in our final report.
The Presidential Election Reform Act, which clarifies an 1887 statute to make it more difficult to rig elections, was approved by the House last month. If Democrats unite behind it, a similar bill that is scheduled for a Senate vote in the lame-duck session has enough Republican backing to overcome a filibuster.