Get prepared to discover what happened during Donald Trump’s 187 missing minutes as he watched what he hoped would be the literal overthrow of our government. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) will be one of the two people interviewing Trump’s people as part of the House January 6 Select Committee. He released a brief preview, teasing Americans into wanting more.
This will be the last hearing of its summer series, a “grand finale.” Democratic Representative Elaine Luria (D-VA) is the other interviewer. The House Select Committee will go live during primetime on Thursday, at 8:00 EDT.
After Trump gave his speech that fateful day, he ordered his Secret Service to take him to the Capitol Building where hoards of his followers climbed the wall and desecrated the halls.
But they told him no. After a brief scuffle, he acquiesced. There were Democrats and two Republicans on the Committee, according to CNN News. We have seen countless videos about Trump’s troops storming the symbol of our democracy, the Capitol Building:
‘The hearing will detail both the scenes of violence that played out as Trump supporters fought their way into the Capitol and Trump’s actions in the 187 minutes between his speech urging the crowd to “fight like hell” and the final release of a video urging rioters to go home.’
In Kinzinger’s video, we see:
‘[F]ormer White House aides and officials described Trump watching television footage of the crowds that stormed the Capitol in a private dining room at the White House.’
Former Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was one who testified, Reuters reported:
“To the best of my recollection, he was always in the dining room.’
Clips of former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone will show up, too. Both said Trump was glued to his television set the entire three hours.
The Select Committee’s last video will air at 8 p.m. EDT. And it will hone in on the White House’s West Wing:
‘[A]s that mob breached barriers and stormed the Capitol and caused a delay in certification of the Electoral College vote.’
One of the Select Committee’s aides said:
‘We are going to remind people that there was this inaction at the White House.’
Members of Congress, aides, even Ivanka Trump had been trying to get Trump to stop the insurrection. When he finally got around to releasing a video after most of his people had begun leaving the Capitol. [Trump] told his followers that he loved them.
The January 6 Committee has built a strong case to hand to Attorney General Merrick Garland. It named two interviewees:
‘[It named] Matthew Pottinger, a deputy national security adviser under Trump, and Sarah Matthews, a deputy press secretary in his White House” as two questioned members.’
Earlier hearings covered:
- ‘[T]he run-up to the riot,
- Trump’s pressure on Vice President Mike Pence to deny Biden the victory,
- [M]ilitant groups whose members participated in the Capitol attack, and
- Trump’s interactions with close advisers questioning his false allegations of massive voter fraud.’
The failed insurrection at the Capitol caused grievous injuries to over 140 police officers. And five people died. Thus far, the AG has charged 850-plus people and got 325 guilty pleas. But that is not ending anytime soon.
A January 6 Committee aide said, “There is no reason to think that this is going to be the Select Committee’s final hearing:” Kinzinger asked the main question:
‘What was Donald Trump doing while the Capitol was under siege? Take a look.’
What was Donald Trump doing while the Capitol was under siege? Take a look. pic.twitter.com/9mz3P6C4qK
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) July 21, 2022
Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.
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