Hearings about the Capitol attack continue. More and more allies are turning their backs on Donald Trump. At least he seems to make money on the whole thing.
- No contact with reality: Donald Trump’s allegations of voter fraud are “crazy,” according to his former Attorney General William Barr.
- Big scam instead of big lies: Democrats accuse Donald Trump of cheating their own voters on charges of voter fraud.
- The committee meets in Washington DC: In the U.S. capital, the events of January 6, 2020, were discussed by a congressional inquiry committee.
+++ 12:00: Washington DC remains exciting. The public hearings of the Commission of Inquiry into the Capitol are entering the third day. The role of Donald Trump remains at the center of the debate.
After Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and former Attorney General William Barr distanced themselves from Donald Trump in their statements, it was also the revenue the former president received from his allegations of voter fraud. Trump and his team reportedly received $ 250 million in donations alone. This money was collected on the pretext of paying court costs incurred in connection with litigation against the election results and the method of their occurrence. In fact, the vast majority of the money ended up in Trump’s own lobby group, the Save America Political Action Committee.
The group has attracted attention in the past by paying fiancée Donald Trump Jr. Kimberly Guilfoyle $ 60,000 for a two-minute speech. Lara Trump and other family confidants were also rewarded by the group for public appearances.
Donald Trump responds to the hearing in Washington DC with an angry letter
Updates from Tuesday, June 14, 08:00: In a multi-page document, former US President Donald Trump denied accusations of the committee of inquiry about the attack on the US Capitol. Trump accused the committee Monday night of making justice a “mixture” and excluding acquittals. In a 12-page letter that includes a number of footnotes, Trump reiterated his unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud and fantasy of election victory. He blamed Democrats and US President Joe Biden for destroying the country. “Democrats […] They are doing everything in their power to stop me – but we cannot be stopped, “it said.
Donald Trump responds to the committee with a fiery letter
At the second public hearing of the commission of inquiry on Monday, several high-ranking people from Trump’s environment strongly opposed his allegations of voter fraud. Former members of the government and campaign advisers have clearly distanced themselves from Trump’s actions. Former Attorney General William Barr and others called Trump’s allegations of cheating “crazy.” Barr said Trump seems to be “losing touch with reality”.
To this day, Trump claims without proof that he was deprived of his victory in the presidential election in 2020 by an election fraud. Opposition to the election result culminated on January 6, 2021 with an attack on the Capitol, on which the commission of inquiry in Congress is working. The committee of inquiry interrogated hundreds of witnesses – including Trump’s daughter Ivanka – for months at a closed door, examining a large body of documents and evidence. The panel is now revealing its findings in a series of public hearings. Some of Trump’s confidants, such as former chief strategist Steve Bannon, refused to cooperate with the committee.
Donald Trump “lost touch with reality”
+++ 19:15: After losing the presidential election in 2020, according to former US Attorney General William Barr, it was not possible to have a sensible conversation with then-President Donald Trump. At the second public hearing of the commission 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.
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 court, 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 appear before the House committee on Monday (June 13, 2022).
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, even though several advisers have argued 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 unpleasant precedent in which the government of one party could routinely take action against the former chairman of the other party.
“We’ll follow the facts wherever they take us,” Garland said in a speech at Harvard University’s inauguration ceremony last month. (lz)