In the aftermath of the last U.S. Congress hearings on the January 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol Building by supporters of Donald Trump, the former president criticized Mike Pence’s actions, saying that the its vice president “commanded courage.”
- Hearings have detailed the ways in which Mr. Trump urged his supporters to turn to Mr. Pence for rejecting his requests.
- Several Trump allies, including his daughter Ivanka, have testified before the committee that they did not believe Trump’s false claims.
- Mr. Pence defended his actions
The first three public hearings of the select committee of the House on January 6 have detailed the ways in which Mr. Trump urged his supporters to turn to Mr. Pence for rejecting his requests to reject the election results. November 2020, before they stormed the Capitol, fighting police while some chanted “hang Mike Pence.”
“Mike Pence had a chance to be great. He had a chance to be, frankly, historic,” Trump said Friday at a Christian Conservative hearing in Nashville.
“Mike, and I say sadly, because I like him, but Mike didn’t have the courage to act,” Trump added.
Republican Trump repeated his false claims that his defeat by Democrat Joe Biden was the result of widespread fraud, claims that were rejected by several courts, state election officials, and members of his own administration.
Several Trump allies, including his daughter, Ivanka, former Attorney General William Barr and other officials, have testified before the committee that they did not believe Mr. Trump’s false statements.
Mr. Pence’s staff was not immediately available for comment.
However, Pence defended his actions in an interview with the Wall Street Journal in local time on Friday.
“Ultimately, I think most Americans understand that we did our duty that day according to the Constitution and the laws of that country,” the Pence newspaper was quoted as saying.
Trump attacked the nine-member bipartisan select committee on Jan. 6, which has held three hearings in just over a week and is building a case that Trump acted illegally in an attempt to undo his election loss.
A crowd of Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building as politicians tried to certify the results of the 2020 election. (Reuters: Shannon Stapleton)
“Let’s be clear. This is not a congressional investigation, this horrible situation that is wasting everyone’s time. This is a theatrical production of partisan political fiction. This is having these terrible and terrible assessments and they are going crazy.” , said Trump.
“What you are seeing is a total and total lie. It is a total and total fraud,” he told the Coalition of Faith and Freedom’s Road to Majority conference.
On Thursday, former Pence aides told the committee that Donald Trump pressured Mr. Pence to annul the results of the congressional election, after he was repeatedly told it was illegal to do so.
Panel Democrats said Trump kept up the pressure, even though he knew a violent mob of his supporters threatened the Capitol, where Pence and lawmakers worked to certify election results.
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Trump has protested that the hearings did not have “equal representation.” Democrats initially pushed for a balanced bicameral investigation, but Republicans rejected the plan.
The committee’s proceedings are in the run-up to the November congressional elections, which will determine the balance of power in the Senate and the House of Representatives before the 2024 general election.
Mr. Trump continues to flirt publicly with the idea of running for president again in 2024.
Posted 1 h 1 hour agoDiss. June 18, 2022 at 1:32 am, updated 41 mins ago. 41 minutes agoDiss. June 18, 2022 at 2:44 p.m.