“Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson presented a recorded video of some of the individuals who stormed the Capitol Thursday night.
One man said he had “supported Trump all that time. I did believe that the election was being stolen and Trump asked us to come. He personally asked for us to come to D.C. that day, and I thought, for everything he’s done for us…”
Another individual said Trump mentioned going to the Capitol during his Jan. 6, 2021 speech ahead of the riot, and said that one of his “disappointments” was that Trump said “he was going to go with us, that he was going to be there.”
Thompson, closing the two-hour-long hearing, said that the committee will reconvene next week and “examine the lies that convinced those men and others to storm the Capitol, to try to stop the transfer of power.”
“We’re going to take a close look at the first part of Trump’s attack on the rule of law, when he hit the fuse that ultimately resulted in the violence of January 6, without objection,” Thompson said. ” Foxnews
“Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof….” text of 14th Amendment
Comment: The 6 January Committee has IMO already decided to declare Trump to be an insurrectionist and to refer him to the DoJ with a recommendation for prosecution as such. The object will be to prevent him running again for president. This may well work as Garland is likely to cooperate. pl