2022 – Trump calls attack on Capitol a ‘riot hoax’ as public hearings begin | US news

As the House committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol by pro-Donald Trump extremists prepares to begin public hearings next week, the former president called January 6, 2021 a hoax.

Trump spoke Saturday night at a rally in Wyoming in support of the main Republican challenger in the midterm elections against Congresswoman Liz Cheney. Cheney is a member of the commission and has been slandered by Trump since she voted to sue him for his second historic insurrection.

He addressed the substandard crowd at a rally in Casper for Republican candidate Harriet Hageman. Trump criticized Cheney, saying, “As one of the main proponents of the nation’s riotous hoax, Liz Cheney has been promoting a false and bizarrely fabricated hysterical partisan narrative.”

“Look at the so-called January 6 riot – what nonsense,” he added.

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives a week after a violent mob stormed the US Capitol in a vain attempt to block a joint session of Congress that recognized Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over Republican Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump was accused of instigating the deadly riots because he organized a rally near the White House that morning where he urged the crowd to go to the Capitol and “fight like hell” over the election result.

Then, as violent mobs, many carrying Trump banners, stormed the Capitol and stormed the hallways, offices and lockers, attacking outnumbered police officers and causing Democrats and Republicans to flee for their lives, Trump ignored calls from his colleagues and relatives, to announce publicly. He called fans and a few hours later appeared on TV quietly asking people to “go home”.

Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial before the US Senate. A Senate report later linked seven deaths to the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

Lawmakers have called for an independent commission, similar to the one created after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, to investigate the events that occurred on and before January 6 and into the Trump White House’s involvement.

Senate Republicans opposed the move, so last summer the House of Representatives formed a special committee to investigate the riots, headed by Democratic Congressman Benny Thompson of Mississippi, as well as Republicans Adam Kinzinger and Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The commission has since collected a large amount of evidence and taken numerous testimony behind closed doors while several senior Republicans have blocked it, accusing Trump of trying to lead some kind of coup.

The committee is scheduled to hold a series of public hearings beginning on June 9 and expects to present a report before the midterm elections in November. Separately, the Department of Justice, led by US Attorney Merrick Garland, is investigating the events surrounding the attack on the Capitol.

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“Look what they’re doing to these people,” he said.

More than 800 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the events of January 6 in the largest federal criminal investigation since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

At least 300 people have already pleaded guilty, most to misdemeanours, and nearly 200 have been convicted. About 100 others have trial dates.

At the latest trial, Matthew Mark Wood of North Carolina pleaded guilty last Friday to the storming of the Capitol, including one count of obstruction of proceedings, and he will be sentenced in September.

He entered the Capitol by climbing through a broken window and following others who had overcome police through the hallways and into the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Also last Friday, Maryland’s Matthew Joseph Buckler pleaded guilty and will be found guilty in July of “demonstrating, demonstrating or picketing at the Capitol” after also entering through a window broken by a mob.

A court has ruled that the former supreme leader of the far-right Proud Boys group, Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, will remain in prison while awaiting trial for conspiring with other members of the extremist group to engage in a riot.

Tario, who is based in South Florida, was charged with conspiracy, among other charges.