Then-President Trump sat in the West Wing dining room for more than two and a half hours after being told of the violence raging at the Capitol on Jan. 1. 6, according to evidence presented at Thursday’s congressional hearing on the insurrection.
“There is no official record of what President Trump did in the cafeteria. … The White House’s chief photographer wanted to take pictures because, she said, it was “very important for its archives and for history.” But she was told, and I quote, “no pictures,” the Rep. said. Elaine Luria (Virginia).
Trump was informed of the violence at the Capitol within 15 minutes of leaving the stage after performing at the Ellipse on the morning of January 1st. 6. Then he continued to stay in his dining room from 13:25 to 16:00. The White House call log was also empty at the time, Luria said.
The House Select Committee investigating the violence said Trump at least part of the time urged senators to “delay or object to confirmation of votes.” It is not clear which senators he called, Luria said. Trump also had a four-minute phone call with his campaign lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani.
While in the cafeteria, Trump did not call the National Guard, the Department of Defense, the FBI, the National Security Service, the Secret Service, or the Capitol Police about the Capitol uprising, according to evidence presented by a House committee.
The House Committee also presented an audio recording of the testimony of an anonymous former White House employee who said, “The president didn’t want anything.”