The attack on the Capitol, which took place on January 6, 2021, goes beyond the limits of aggression and protest against the results of the US elections, won by US Democratic President Joe Biden, to become the starting point for a “permanent challenge to American democracy,” according to the Representative Committee of Inquiry investigating the incident.
The committee revealed that the attack, which caused the deaths, dates back to the days of the presidential elections that took place in late 2020, when former US President Donald Trump refused to recognize the results, making “false” allegations of electoral fraud and announced his victory at the time.
Trump spent the eight weeks after the election in an “unprecedented effort” to reverse the score, summoning his supporters to Washington on January 6 to “finish the job”.
Despite the chaos in the Capitol, Trump refused to consider the “presidential election over” even on January 7.
During eight hearings, the committee built a case that Trump helped organize the riots, especially because he refused for hours to urge his supporters to go home. She emphasized that Trump is no longer fit for office.
The Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry did not charge anyone with specific crimes, but it released a public record of what happened, showing how “the incident tests the resilience of American democracy.”
As Trump considers another presidential run, he condemned the measures as “a lot of lies and misinformation.”
Republican Representative Liz Cheney, the deputy chair of the investigation, said the case was not against her party or by Trump’s political enemies.
Cheney accused Trump of “summoning and rallying the crowd and igniting this attack,” and announced that he had “refused for hours to intervene to stop this attack.”
Trump sharply criticized the Republican leader in the Senate and the parliamentary committee investigating the attacks, saying on the platform of Truth Social: “I ran a fraud election that stole from me and our country. The United States is going to hell . Should I be happy?”, accusing the committee of being “too corrupt and biased.” “.
Trump attacked prominent Republican senator Mitch McConnell, calling him a “cheap joker” after the committee released previously unreleased video footage of McConnell’s attempt to evacuate the Capitol so Congress could certify Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.
He also confirmed that Liz Cheney was a “pretentious failure”, after she described him as an unpatriotic and dangerous man for repeating the lie of the rigged elections.
Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stebbin, testified that he said “it was not time to declare victory” but that the former president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had encouraged him to “fight.”
“This is falsification of the American public,” Trump said in an election night speech. “Honestly, we won the election.”
Over the next eight weeks, Trump fought in the courts challenging the election results, and when judges rejected allegations of election fraud, the former president stuck to another plan, proposed by law professor John Eastman, to challenge the results when Congress meet to ratify the election.
Trump met with a number of members of Congress who would reject the election results, urging voters to send his name to Congress as the winner instead of Biden.
Former Attorney General Bill Barr said in his testimony and in an interview with The Associated Press that he told the president that “there was no fraud.”
The investigative committee revealed that it found evidence indicating that the attack on the Capitol was not spontaneous, but the result of the actions of the former president.
Trump then invited his supporters to Washington, addressed the crowds and sent them on a march to the Capitol. He told them that he would also accompany them.
White House adviser Pat Cipollone was quick to stop Trump from going to the Capitol, as he was very concerned that Trump would be seen as meddling in the presidential election.
Representative Cheney noted that Trump “never picked up his phone to order his administration to help.”
A federal court on Friday charged Steve Bannon, a former Trump adviser, with obstructing a congressional investigation after he refused to cooperate with the commission on the Capitol attack.
Bannon (68) is a right-wing populist figure in the United States who was the director of Trump’s successful campaign in 2016. Bannon will be sentenced in October.
The jury deliberated for about three hours in federal court in Washington on Friday and concluded that he is guilty of the two charges against him. He faces between one month and one year in prison on both charges.
The chairman of the parliamentary inquiry into the Capitol attack, Benny Thompson, and Vice President Cheney, welcomed the court’s decision as a “victory for the rule of law”.
“Just as anyone responsible for the events of January 6 must be held accountable, anyone who obstructs our investigation … must face the consequences,” they said in a statement.