Capitol attack: Link between Trump and armed groups investigated

Capitol attack: Link between Trump and armed groups investigated

Capitol attack: Trump-military links investigated

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (file photo)   Capitol Assault: Link between Trump and armed groups under investigation during this week's hearing

Members of Congress investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack are set to demonstrate this week that there was a link between the armed groups involved in the riots and government officials, possibly including then-President Donald Trump.

This was stated on Sunday by one of the members of the commission.

“Through the hearings, we're going to make connections between these groups and those in government circles who tried to overturn the election,” Democratic lawmaker Zoe Lofgren said on CNN's “State of the Union.”

Trump, contrary to reality, claims that Joe Biden defeated him in the 2020 presidential election through massive fraud – claims rejected by US courts, the Department of Justice, and even Republican-led reviews.

Following Trump's White House speech, his supporters marched to the Capitol to prevent Congress from confirming Biden's victory in a meeting chaired by then-Vice President Mike Pence.

Two groups, the Oath Keepers and The Proud Boys will take center stage in hearings this week Tuesday and Thursday.

Federal prosecutors say Jeremy Brown, a member of the Oath Keepers, brought explosives in Washington on January 6th.

During the September 2020 Trump-Biden election debate, Trump was asked if he condemned white supremacists and armed vigilante groups for their violent actions during his presidency. and be on the lookout,” adding that “someone has to do something about antifa and the left. … It's a problem for the left.”

On Friday, former White House adviser Pat Cipollone testified behind closed doors to committee investigators.

One of nine members of the bipartisan House Select Committee that began public hearings last month, Lofgren said that videotaped excerpts from this testimony will be presented at Tuesday's hearing.

all the critical issues that we are considering, including what I would call the dereliction of duty by the president on January 6,” Lofgren said.

In an interview with ABC's This Week, Rep. Adam Kisinger, one of two Republicans on the select committee, said the next hearing will focus on the president's actions from the start of the insurgency until he finally, hours later, posted a tweet saying, “We shouldn't be doing anything like this.”

He added, “Be aware that there was another tweet before that, which essentially said that what was happening was the result of electoral fraud; that Vice President Pence deserved this (attack).

In earlier testimony given to the committee, witnesses stated that Trump made it clear that he supported the rioters who called for Pence to be hanged.

Lofgren also said the committee had received a letter from Trump adviser Steve Bannon saying he was ready to testify. Last year, Bannon was charged with two counts of contempt of Congress for disobeying the committee's agenda.

The next hearing will be the last before the committee's report is released, possibly in September.