Capitol Storm Committee: “Total Nonsense”

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From: Lukáš Zigo

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Hearings about the attack on the US Capitol are entering a decisive phase. Former Attorney General Barr has accused Donald Trump.

  • The committee meets in Washington DC: In the U.S. capital, the events of January 6, 2020, were discussed by a congressional inquiry committee.
  • The voltage increases: Nevertheless, the results of the committee of inquiry can have serious consequences for Donald Trump.
  • The former employee announces the statement: Former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien wants to take a surprising stance. Democrats also announce “more evidence.”

+++ 19:15: According to former US Attorney General William Barr, no sensible conversation with then-President Donald Trump was possible after losing the presidential election in 2020. At the second public hearing of the committee of inquiry into the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, video recordings of the conversation with Barr were again shown. “I felt it was possible to negotiate with the president before the election,” Barr said. After the US election in November 2020, Trump stopped listening. “I was a little demoralized because I thought, boy, if he really believes these things, he lost touch with reality,” Barr said of Trump’s allegations of voter fraud.

Donald Trump and his then-Attorney General William Barr
Donald Trump and then-Attorney General William Barr became estranged on charges from the former US president for voter fraud. © MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Barr called the claim “total crap” and “stupidity.” “I told him that the things his people give to the public are bullshit. I mean, the allegations of cheating were bullshit. And you know, he was upset about that. “

Barr also explained that Trump had talked to voters about the fraud during election night – at a time when there could be no evidence. Already in the first public hearing, videos of Barr’s interrogation in which Barr incriminated Trump were shown.

Capitol Storm Committee – “Donald Trump’s big lie was also a big scam”

+++ 17:20: Democratic MP and committee member Zoe Lofgren said in her introductory speech that the committee would show that the 2020 elections had not been stolen, adding that “the big lie of Trump’s campaign was also a big fraud”.

“The American people have elected President Joe Biden. We will present evidence that Mr. Trump’s allegations of voter fraud were false, that he and his closest associates knew that the allegations were false, but they continued to spread them until a mob of Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol.

Lofgren continued: “We will also show that Trump’s campaign used these false allegations of voter fraud to raise hundreds of millions of dollars from supporters who were told their donations were for legal battles in the courts, but who did not use Trump’s campaign for it. The big lie was also a big scam. “

Turnaround in Washington: Trump’s former employee will not appear before the committee for a short time

+++ 16:56: The hearing on the events of January 6, 2021, when hundreds of supporters of former President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol, is now beginning with some delay. Some statements, including those from Trump’s ranks, are expected.

Updates from Monday, June 13, 2022, 16:00: The hearing of the events of January 6, 2021 was postponed by approximately 20 minutes. It was now known in advance that Trump’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien would not appear in person as expected. Consistent sources say that Stepien’s wife will soon have a child, so she will not show up in person today. Stepien sends a delegation to make a statement. It is not yet known whether Stepien will appear on another day. However, this should not change the orientation of the hearing.

First report from Monday 13 June 2022, 14:00: Washington DC – On January 6, 2021, a wave of horrors sweeps through the democratic world. Supporters of US President Donald Trump, who was still in office at the time, were forced into the cradle of American democracy, the Capitol. In addition to trying to prevent the Senate and House of Representatives from formally confirming new US President Joe Biden, the attackers chanted “Hang Mike Pence” and threatened several other politicians with violence.

Now there is a breakthrough in the investigation. On Sunday (June 12, 2022), members of the House Committee investigating the riots in the Capitol said they had revealed enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider the unprecedented criminal charges of former President Donald Trump. He tried to falsify the results of the presidential election in 2020.

USA: Campaign leader Donald Trump surprisingly ahead of the statement

Former Donald Trump election campaign manager Bill Stepien is set to address the House Committee on Monday (June 13, 2022).

Bill Stepien and Donald J. Trump in Air Force One.
Bill Stepien and Donald J. Trump in Air Force One. © SAUL LOEB / afp

The committee announced that Stepien, along with Chris Stirewalt, a former Fox News political editor, will testify at the first of two meetings on Monday. Ben Ginsburg, a prominent anti-Trump Conservative election lawyer, former Philadelphia election official Al Schmidt and former US prosecutor in Georgia BJ Pak, will speak at the second session.

Stepien is due to testify at Monday’s hearing about the efforts made by Trump and his team to spread their views on the allegedly stolen election.

US MP: Authorities must investigate “every credible allegation”

The committee opened public hearings last week, with members presenting their arguments against Trump. They want to show how the defeated president has tirelessly enforced his false allegations of rigged elections, despite several advisers saying otherwise.

Democrats say more evidence will be released this week. This is to show that Trump and some of his advisers have made “massive efforts” to spread misinformation. They also allegedly pressured the Department of Justice to accept false allegations and urged then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject the state election and block the election confirmation on January 6, 2021.

USA: Will Donald Trump be charged?

Attorney General Merrick Garland will finally decide whether to charge Donald Trump. Based on the hearing, he must decide whether his authorities can and should prosecute Trump. According to committee members, the evidence is sufficient for legal proceedings.

Garland did not comment on whether he was ready to press charges. This would be unprecedented and potentially very complicated during the political election, in which Trump openly flirted with the idea of ​​running for president again.

USA: Donald Trump with Prime Minister – No charges have ever been filed against any US president

Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, facing impeachment and the probable charge of a grand jury of bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. President Gerald R. Ford later pardoned his predecessor before the Watergate indictment could be filed.

Legal experts have said that prosecuting Trump over riots by the Department of Justice could set an uncomfortable precedent in which one party’s government could routinely take action against the other party’s former chairman.

“We’ll follow the facts wherever they take us,” Garland said in a speech at Harvard University’s inauguration ceremony last month. (lz)

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