Five things to know about the US Capitol riot saga

Politicians investigating the riots said right-wing militia members and other supporters of former US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, following a tweet by the former president that was seen as a “call to arms.” on Tuesday.
A House Select Committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans is trying to determine whether Trump or his associates played a role in planning or encouraging the violent uprising and has subpoenaed numerous advisers and aides to the former president.

During his seventh televised public hearing, he examined the impact of a tweet Trump sent on December 19, 2020, urging his supporters to come to Washington on January 6 for a “big protest” saying “be there, be wild.”

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The tweet was sent just over an hour after Mr. Trump met at the White House with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, former General Mike Flynn and Sidney Powell, another lawyer, in a strategic meeting that one aide called “unbalanced.”
Committee member Jamie Raskin said that “Trump’s 1:42 a.m. tweet electrified and galvanized his supporters, especially the dangerous extremists of the Oathkeepers, the Pride Boys and other racist and white nationalist groups eager to fight against the government.”
Members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers stormed Congress on Jan. 6, along with thousands of other Trump supporters, in an attempt to block confirmation of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential victory, which Trump falsely claims was marred by fraud.
Representative Stephanie Murphy, another member of the committee, said the tweet “served as a call to action, and in some cases a call to arms, for many of President Trump’s most loyal supporters.”

The committee said two of Trump’s closest supporters, Flynn and political consultant Roger Stone, were linked to the Oathkeepers.

According to the committee, the riots were planned by Donald Trump.

The committee also said that the march to the Capitol was planned in advance, but Trump chose not to announce it until his speech to supporters on the morning of January 6 outside the White House.
“The evidence supports that this was not a spontaneous call to action, but rather a deliberate strategy predetermined by the President,” Mr. Murphy said.
Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified at previous hearings that the president intended to go to the Capitol himself, but was prevented by secret service agents.
On Tuesday, the first videotaped excerpts from last week’s sealed testimony by former White House adviser Pat Cipollone were shown.

In his testimony, Mr. Cipollone said he agreed that there was no evidence of serious electoral fraud and that Mr. Trump should have conceded to Mr. Biden.

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The committee also heard two witnesses: Jason Van Tatenhove, a former Oathkeeper spokesman, and Stephen Ayres, an Ohio resident who joined the crowd that stormed the Capitol.
Mr. Van Tatenhove said the Oathkeepers were a “dangerous organization” that believed their allegiance to Mr. Trump would give them “legitimacy” as a paramilitary force.

Mr. Ayres told the committee that he came to Washington because “the president made everyone angry” but that he no longer believes his claims that the election was “stolen.”

White House staff clash with outside advisers

The committee detailed a “surprise visit” to the White House on the night of December 18, 2020, which lasted over six hours.
It was attended by outside advisers ranging from personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, a former federal prosecutor who fought to overturn the election on false allegations of electoral fraud.

They submitted a draft “executive order” calling on the US military to confiscate state voting machines.

White House attorney Pat Cipollone said he thought it was a “terrible idea.”
This was followed by several hours of screaming and insults that echoed from the Oval Office to Trump’s private quarters, attendees testified.
“It was not a chance meeting. From time to time people yelled at each other, insulted each other,” said Derek Lyons, former White House secretary of staff.

Giuliani said he accused White House staff of not fighting for Trump’s interests.

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“Guys, you’re not cool enough. Or maybe I put it differently. You are a bunch of goats, pardon the expression. I’m pretty sure this word was used,” he said.
At one point, Mr. Trump offered Mr. Powell a job as a special adviser with a security clearance, attendees testified.

According to witnesses, the meeting ended after midnight.

Witness tampering allegations

Representative Liz Cheney, vice chair of the House Committee to Investigate the Attack on Congress, said Trump recently tried to contact a committee witness, raising concerns that the former president might be illegally trying to influence testimony.
Cheney, a Republican, said the witness did not return Trump’s call and informed his attorney.
“We were warned by their lawyer. And this committee passed this information to the Ministry of Justice,” she said.

“Let me say it again: we will take any attempt to influence the testimony of witnesses very seriously.”

An African American, a white woman, and a white man are seated on the panel.

Liz Cheney (center) is one of two Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 US Capitol riots. Source: SIPA USA / Sipa USA / Sipa USA

The call came after the committee’s last hearing on June 28.

Ms. Cheney said in a television interview broadcast last Thursday that the commission could take the criminal case to the Justice Department, recommending that anyone who tried to influence the testimony be prosecuted.

The issue of witness tampering came up in a committee hearing a week ago, when Ms. Cheney said some witnesses reported receiving veiled threats from Trump allies to do the “right thing.”

Former U.S. official admits he ‘helped plan coups’

Former US national security adviser John Bolton, meanwhile, admitted on Tuesday that he had helped plan coups in other countries, but argued that the January 6 riots did not justify such efforts.
The attack on the US Capitol was the result of then-President Donald Trump “just jumping from one idea to another,” Bolton told CNN’s Jake Tupper.

“As someone who has been involved in planning coups not here, but, you know, in other places, this requires a lot of work,” he said.

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The 73-year-old, who served as Trump’s national security adviser from 2018 to 2019, did not specify which governments he helped bring down, but while in office he advocated US military intervention in Venezuela.
Mr Bolton said January 6, 2021 “was not an attack on our democracy. This is Donald Trump looking after Donald Trump. This happens once in a lifetime.”

“In the end, he provoked the rioters in the Capitol. There is no doubt about this. But not to overthrow the Constitution, to buy more time, to return the matter to the states, to try to remake the issue, ”he said. added.