Jan. 6: Trump spurned aides’ pleas to call off Capitol mob

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Jan. 6 hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite desperate pleas from aides, allies, members of Congress and even his family, Donald Trump refused on Jan. 6 to call off the mob attack at the Capitol.

Instead the defeated president told supporters in a video address they were “very special” as he finally sent them home at day’s end.

The panel on Thursday examined Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, as hundreds of his supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol, going through the deadly afternoon in minute-by-minute fashion to show how long it took the former president to call off the rioters.

The panel focused on 187 minutes that day, between Trump’s call for his supporters to march to the Capitol and when he told them to go home.

One aide said at Thursday night’s hearing of the Jan. 6 House committee that Trump poured “gasoline on the fire” of the attack  rather than calling off the mob laying siege.

They said Trump was well aware of the deadly attack after sending his supporters to fight for his lost presidency.

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7/22/2022 9:11:43 AM (GMT -5:00)


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