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Trump regrets not marching to Capitol on Jan. 6, blames Pelosi for violence

Former President Donald Trump said he wished he could join his supporters during the march on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021.

“Secret Service said I couldn’t go,” Trump told The Washington Post during an interview at his Mar-a-Lago club. “I would have been there in a minute.”

He also blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, both Democrats, for not doing enough to stop the violence that ensued.

“I thought it was too bad, and I kept asking why she didn’t do anything about it?” said Trump. “Why is Nancy Pelosi not doing anything? And the mayor of DC too. DC Mayor and Nancy Pelosi are in charge.

“I can’t wait to see it. And I said, ‘It has to be dealt with,’ and I assumed they were dealing with it,” he added.

Trump stirred his supporters at a Jan. 6 rally with his lies about voter fraud, then said he would join them as he walked down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. Instead, he returned to the White House and watched the riot on television. For hours, he ignored repeated pleas from aides and key lawmakers to issue a statement that could end the violence.

Authorities continue to bring charges against those who attacked the Capitol, including a former Virginia police officer whose trial began this week. Trump himself was impeached for the insurgency, but neither he nor others who may have carried out plans have been charged.

In the interview, Trump also defended Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife Ginni, who sent nearly two dozen texts to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows urging him to rescind the 2020 elections, according to copies reviewed by The Washington Post and CBS. News. Democrats called on the Supreme Court justice to recuse himself from any insurgency-related case.

“First of all, her husband is a great judge,” Trump said. “And she’s a good woman. And she loves our country.

The former president said he “didn’t recall receiving many” phone calls during the seven-hour period missing from White House phone records for Jan. 6. He said he spoke to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Jim Jordan and others. , but maintained that he had not destroyed any records or used any other phones.

“Why should I care who called me?” He asked. “If members of Congress called me, what difference would it make? There was nothing secret in that. There was no secret. »

The House committee investigating the Capitol riot focused on the discrepancy.

“It seems like the gaps are oddly suited to the heart of events,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told CBS’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday.

In recent days, the January 6 Committee interviewed Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and obtained 101 emails sent from January 4, 2021 to January 7, 2021 by former Trump attorney John Eastman.

A judge sided with the committee to hand over the emails, rejecting Eastman’s attorney-client privilege argument.

“Based on the evidence, the Court finds it more likely than not that the President [Donald] Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021,” U.S. District Judge David Carter wrote last month.

House lawmakers voted Wednesday to refer former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro and social media chief Dan Scavino to the Justice Department for possible criminal contempt of Congress charges for defying subpoenas from the committee.

Read the full Washington Post interview with Trump here.

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