Cheney: Trump ‘summoned the mob, lit the flame’ of January 6th

(The hill) — Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Thursday blamed former President Donald Trump directly for the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots and said during the House hearing that Trump “called the mob together, the mob is gathering and kindled the flame of this attack.”

“Those who marched into our Capitol and spent hours fighting law enforcement were motivated by what President Trump had told them: that the election was stolen and that he was the rightful president,” said Cheney, vice chair of the panel dated January 6 in her opening speech, which ran for more than 30 minutes.

“President Trump called the mob together, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” she added.

The comments came minutes after the panel’s first public hearing, when it unveiled the results of its nearly year-long investigation. The committee conducted more than 1,000 interviews and obtained more than 125,000 documents as part of its investigation into the Capitol riots.

The hearing comes after nearly 11 months of investigation into the incident, and just over 17 months after a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

Before the riots began, Trump told a crowd at a nearby rally “we’re going to have to fight a lot harder” just before supporters marched to the Capitol.

“We’re going down. Anyone you want, but I think right here we’re going to go down to the Capitol — and we’re going to cheer for our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to cheer quite as much for some of them,” Trump said.

“Because you will never take back our land with weakness. You have to show strength and be strong,” he added at the rally.

Cheney said Thursday that Trump had over several months “overseen an elaborate seven-part plan to overturn the presidential election and prevent the transfer of presidential power.”

She added that the committee will present “evidence for every element of this plan” during the panel’s eight public hearings.

In his opening remarks, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the Jan. 6 panel chair, said Trump has “spurred a mob of domestic enemies of the Constitution to march down the Capitol and undermine American democracy.”

The chairman also claimed that Trump was “at the center” of a “multi-pronged conspiracy aimed at overturning the presidential election” and “thrown out the votes of millions of Americans … replacing the will of the American people with their will to stay.” at the end of his term in power.” Cheney: Trump ‘summoned the mob, lit the flame’ of January 6th

Nate Jones

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