Jan’s house. 6 provided new details Thursday about the 187 minutes — from 1:10 p.m. to 4:17 p.m. — that elapsed between the end of President Trump’s speech to supporters outside the White House and the video he released urging the capitol storming crowd to go home.
The committee revealed that Trump spent most of those three hours in the White House dining room. As Fox News played in the background, the former president called senators to urge them to help delay the vote count and ignored pleas from his advisers to help end the uprising.
“For 187 minutes on January 6, this man with unbridled destructive energy could not be moved,” Chairman Benny Thompson (D-Miss) said at the start of the hearing.
Here are four key takeaways from the hearings:
Trump clock in the White House dining room
The White House records of what happened during the uprising are limited. There were no details in the official call log, nothing was recorded in the White House daily diary, and no photographs were taken.
Several witnesses who testified before the committee said they were unaware of the president seeking help from law enforcement agencies. Instead, he called, trying to get another term. Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany testified that Trump asked her for a list of senators to contact, and she left it for him.
According to Giuliani’s phone records, Trump also spoke with his attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani.
Late in the afternoon, as Vice President Mike Pence was being evacuated from the Capitol, the president called the senator. Tommy Tuberville (Republican, Alabama) Later, the senator told a local news outlet that he had to cut off his conversation with the president because he, too, was being evacuated.
Trump and Meadows were bombarded with requests to send the mafia home
Several of Trump’s staffers, members of Congress, conservative media figures and members of the president’s own family have either directly called on Trump to withdraw the rioters or contacted his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, to make their requests.
According to witness statements and text message recordings, the list included former White House adviser Pat Cipollone; Trump’s children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.; Sean Hannity of Fox News, Laura Ingram and Brian Kilmead; Republican Representatives Chip Roy of Texas, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Barry Loudermilk of Georgia; and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, testified that McCarthy also called him asking for any help he could.
“I got the feeling they were scared,” Kushner said.
Sarah Matthews, a former deputy press secretary and special assistant to the president, said it would take Trump less than 60 seconds to walk from the dining room to the press briefing room to address the public. It would take a few minutes, she said, to gather the White House press corps to cover the remarks from the Oval Office.
“If the president wanted to make a statement and speak to the American people, he could be in front of the camera almost instantly,” she said.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois), who helped lead Thursday’s hearing with a member of the House of Representatives. Elaine Luria (D-Va) and committee vice chair Liz Cheney (D-Wyoming) said the president’s team was concerned that his unrecorded comments could cause further damage.
“For example, Gen. Keith Kellogg told us that some staff members were concerned that the president’s live performance in front of microphones at this point could actually make things worse,” Kinzinger said, referring to Pence’s former national security adviser. “He told us that he recommended not to hold a press conference because in his four years in the Trump administration, “there was not one clean press conference.”
Ian Trump. 6 tweets about Pence appeared during his evacuation
That same day at 2:24 p.m., Trump tweeted that Pence “didn’t have the guts to do what needed to be done.”
As the uprising unfolded, members of the President’s National Security Council listened in on radio communications from Secret Service agents protecting Pence.
At 2:13 p.m., a National Security Council official noted that the windows of the Capitol had been smashed, according to excerpts from the employee’s chat. Three minutes later, an employee wrote that Pence was being pulled out. When Trump’s tweet went out, an employee wrote that agents protecting Pence “doesn’t sound good.”
A White House security official, who was allowed to testify anonymously by the committee, said the vice president’s security team feared for his life and was calling to say goodbye to family members.
Matthews and Matthew Pottinger, Trump’s former deputy national security adviser, testified before the panel on Thursday and said the tweet heated things up.
“Basically, he gave the green light to these people,” Matthews said. “He shouldn’t have done this. He should have told these people to go home and denounce the violence we saw.”
She said that Trump’s tweet “added gasoline to the fire and made everything much worse.”
What happened after Trump finally ordered the rioters to leave
Witnesses also spoke about the efforts of the White House and the Capitol to restart the counting of votes in the elections and assured the public – and those who watched what was happening around the world – that there would be a peaceful change of power in the hours and days after the attack.
Then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked officials when it would be safe to return to the Capitol. After the President’s Twitter account was suspended on January 2. On June 6, Trump adviser Jason Miller urged the president to say in a tweet from Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino that there would still be an “orderly transfer of power.”
Former Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia sent a memo to the president asking for a cabinet meeting to show that the president was listening to them and not to “certain private individuals” who were “poorly” serving him with their advice.
“While Secretary Scalia didn’t say it, he was referring to Rudy Giuliani and the rest of the so-called ‘clown machine’ who worked with President Trump to try to cancel the election,” Kinzinger said. Scalia also asked the president to stop publicly challenging the election results.
Inside the White House, staff members sought to control the aftermath of the January incident. 6. Amid fears that the Cabinet will invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from power, the President recorded another video message on January 1st. 7 condemn the attack. But, as raw footage from this video shows, he was still reluctant to say he lost the election.
“I don’t want to say the election is over,” Trump said in the video. “I just want to say that Congress approved the results.”