Trump tears up Jan. 6 final report, blames Pelosi, says he called for peace
Former President Donald Trump lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the House committee’s final report was released on Jan. 6.
The Committee of Inquiry into the January 6, 2021, deadly siege on the United States Capitol released the final report Thursday evening. The report said Trump was the “central cause” of the attack, with the former president launching “a multi-part plan to cancel the 2020 presidential election.”
Trump denounced the 845-page document as a “highly partisan” aspect of a political “witch hunt” almost immediately after it was released. He repeated his false allegations of massive fraud in the 2020 election, which he said was the cause of “the protest”.
The former president also claimed Pelosi ignored his ‘recommendation to use troops’ in Washington, DC, on January 6, while saying he insisted his supporters act ‘peacefully’ before taking any action. storm the Capitol.
“Highly Partisan Screening Committee Report Deliberately Omits Pelosi’s Failure to Heed My Recommendation to Use Troops in DC, Show the ‘Peacefully and Patriotically’ [sic] words I used, or investigate the reason for the protest, voter fraud,” Trump said in a message to Truth Social. ” WITCH HUNT !
Although Trump and his allies have repeatedly claimed he requested troops to protect the Capitol on Jan. 6, there is no record that the former president actually made the request, according to PolitiFact.
Several Trump administration officials testified before the Jan. 6 committee that they never heard the former president make a request for troops before or during the attack.
Additionally, no evidence was presented to indicate that Pelosi, who is stepping down from the Democratic leadership after Republicans took control of the House on Jan. 3, had denied the alleged request.
Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, told The Dispatch the claim was a ‘fiction’ in October, while explaining that the speaker ‘has no authority to block an order from the commander chief”.
According to the committee’s January 6 final report, Paul Irving, who was then the House Sergeant-at-Arms, told then-police chief Steven Sund that he didn’t like “the optics to call in the National Guard.
Sund then briefed House Administration Committee Chair Zoe Lofgren, who asked about the National Guard. Lofgren was assured the situation was under control without the Guard, but troops “could be activated with an emergency declaration” from the Capitol Police Board.
According to the report, no similar briefing was given to Pelosi. Her chief of staff said she was “told there was a plan” and that she “believed the security professionals were in charge of security and were prepared”.
Trump’s reference to his use of the word “peacefully” recalls his speech to supporters at the Ellipse on Jan. 6, just before the riot, when he urged the crowd to march to the Capitol to “raise your voice peacefully.” and patriotically”. “
The former president also told those present at the speech to “demand that Congress do the right thing”, “fight like hell” and “show your strength” because “you will never take back our country with weakness”.
On Monday, the Jan. 6 committee recommended that the Justice Department charge Trump with four crimes in the attack on the Capitol, including insurrection, which could legally bar him from holding office again.
Newsweek contacted Pelosi’s office for comment.