US Capitol Hearing Shows Trump Allies, Daughter Rejected Fraud Claims

Congressional hearings on the deadly attack on the US Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters kicked off Thursday with the panel presenting a video showing that even the former president’s daughter, Ivanka, has made his false claims of electoral fraud.

The January 6, 2021 riots followed shortly after he delivered an incendiary speech to thousands of supporters reiterating his false claims of a stolen 2020 election, urging them to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell.”

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Even members of his own administration, including Attorney General Bill Barr — as seen in the video shown by the House selection committee — dismissed Trump’s claims of widespread election fraud in his loss to Democrat Joe Biden as false.

“I respect Attorney General Barr. So I accepted what he said,” Ivanka Trump said in a video testimony.

The panel also showed videotaped testimonies from other senior Trump White House officials, including then-Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff.

“Jan. 6 was the culmination of a coup attempt, a brutal attempt, as one writer put it shortly after Jan. 6, to overthrow the government,” Democratic U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, the committee chair, said in his opening statement. “The violence was no accident. It was Trump’s latest position.”

One of the two Republicans on the committee, its vice chair, Representative Liz Cheney, noted that Trump rejected the threats rioters had leveled against Pence when they stormed the Capitol, where Pence would preside over the congressional certification of the 2020 election results.

“Aware of the rioters’ chants, on ‘Hang Mike Pence,’ the president responded with this sentiment, ‘Well, maybe our supporters have the right idea,'” Cheney said.

Since leaving office last year, Trump has maintained false claims that his 2020 election loss was the result of widespread fraud, a claim that has been rejected by multiple courts, state election officials and members of his own administration.

“We cannot live in a world where the incumbent government remains in power based on its opinion, not supported by specific evidence, that election fraud was committed,” said Barr, who resigned before Trump left office.

Close Trump associates who have spoken with the commission include his son Donald Jr., daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, former Attorney General William Barr and senior aides to former Vice President Mike pennies.

Trump, who publicly flirted with another White House run in 2024, called the commission “political thugs” in a statement Thursday.

Also attending the hearing will be two personal witnesses, U.S. Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in the attack, and Nick Quested, a filmmaker who captured footage of the far-right Proud Boys group accused of planning the attack. deadly attack.

Other Capitol police officers who battled rioters on Jan. 6 were in the audience for the hearing, including Officer Harry Dunn, who wore a T-shirt with the word “insurrection,” and Officer Michael Fanone, who was beaten and electrocuted with a taser during the attack. Some House Democrats who are not panelists were also in attendance.

A total of six hearings are expected this month as the Democrat-led commission tries to undo Republican efforts to downplay or deny the violence of the attack, with five months left until the November 8 midterm elections, which are scheduled to take place. will determine which party will control the House and Senate for the next two years.

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