March 22, 2023

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The panel chronicled Donald Trump’s ‘dereliction of duty’ for 187 minutes

From our correspondent in the US,

For more than three hours, the plane was without a pilot. A total of 187 minutes separated the end of Donald Trump’s speech, where he inspired tens of thousands of supporters. “Walk” to the Capitol, and a video of him telling them to leave the campus. On Thursday evening, during the eighth public hearing, Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry He described what the former US president did at the time. And specifically what he didn’t do.

He refused to recall his troops and did not call Mike Pence or military officials. He watched a lot of Fox News while American democracy was faltering.

Condemning the president’s “complete dereliction of duty,” the panel of seven Democrats and two Republicans announced new hearings — not scheduled — for Sept. Ahead of his final report that could recommend criminal charges against Donald Trump. But that’s itAttorney General (Justice Minister) Merrick Garland has to decide whether there are grounds to indict the former president. Here are four highlights from the evening.

Donald Trump had plans to visit the Capitol

Three weeks ago, Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to the US president’s chief of staff, presented. Three explosive charges : Donald Trump wanted to go to the Capitol, he got into an argument with the Secret Service in the presidential car, and through his security service, he knew some of his supporters were armed. On Thursday evening, the first two points were confirmed by two witnesses.

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A former security official, who testified on condition of anonymity and with his voice altered, confirmed that Donald Trump had to go to the Capitol: “We were in shock. It was no longer a political rally. The president wanted to bring tens of thousands of people to the Capitol. I don’t know if I should use the words “conspiracy” or “rebellion,” but we were scared. »

Sergeant Mark Robinson of the Washington Police Department, who participated in the security of the President’s motorcade, reported the testimony of an agent located in front of the President’s SUV. Security: “The president insisted on going to the Capitol and was furious. »

His entourage pleaded with his supporters to recall him

Donald Trump concluded his speech at 1:10 p.m. Eleven minutes later he returned to the White House. And he immediately realized that the situation was deteriorating. At 1:24 p.m., he entered the White House dining room, adjacent to the Oval Office. This is where he spent the next three hours watching Fox News. He asked his former press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, for a list of a dozen elected Republicans he wanted to call to delay or block the confirmation process. The committee doesn’t know if he called them because the White House call records are blank. Donald Trump also fired his official photographer.

It is understood that his daughter Ivanka and son Don Jr. – both directly and through his chief of staff Mark Meadows – have called on his supporters to come home. He refused, first “adding fuel to the fire,” tweeting that Mike Pence had “no guts,” according to the group. In one video, agents protecting the vice president can be seen wondering if the way to the extraction is clear, with rioters and smoke a few meters away. Some officials call their loved ones to say goodbye. According to the group, Donald Trump never made a phone call to Mike Pence or the Pentagon or his generals. It was the vice president who called Commander-in-Chief Mark Milley to request the deployment of the National Guard.

In his video, Donald Trump urged people to stay calm

His advisers prepared a simple script that condemned violence by minorities and asked the rioters to go home. But in the end, Donald Trump spoke of a “stolen election” and assured his supporters that he “understood their pain” and said, “We love you, you are very special.”

“I don’t want to say the election is over,” he said the other day.

Under a new threat Accusation And an uproar from Mike Pence and his cabinet to declare him incompetent through the 25th Amendment, Donald Trump tries to smooth things over the next day. He recorded a new video, promising a proper transition of power. He repeats it several times. “The election is over, Congress has certified the results,” he begins, before pausing to explain to his daughter Ivanka: “I don’t want to say the election is over. Eighteen months later, he still hasn’t said it clearly.