Trump tears up Jan. 6 final report, accuses Pelosi of saying he called for peace

Former President Donald Trump has attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the Jan. 6 release of the House Committee’s final report.

The panel investigating the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 US Capitol siege released the final report Thursday night. The report says Trump was the “central cause” of the attack as the former president launched “a multi-pronged plan to overthrow the 2020 presidential election.”

Almost immediately after it was published, Trump denounced the 845-page document as a “highly partisan” aspect of a political “witch hunt.” He reiterated his false claims of massive fraud in the 2020 election, which he says were at the root of “the protest”.

The former president also claimed Pelosi ignored his “recommendation for the deployment of troops” in Washington DC on Jan. 6, while arguing he insisted his supporters act “peacefully” before storming the Capitol.

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Former President Donald Trump is pictured at left during a rally in Vandalia, Ohio November 7, 2022 while Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is seen at right December 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump attacked Pelosi Thursday after the release of the House Committee’s Jan. 6 final report.
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“The highly partisan Unselect Committee Report purposely fails to mention Pelosi’s failure to heed my recommendation for the deployment of troops in DC, showing the ‘peaceful and patriotic’ [sic] Words I used or studying the reason for the protest, voter fraud,” Trump said in a post on Truth Social. “WITCH HUNT!”

Although Trump and his allies have repeatedly claimed that he requested troops to protect the Capitol on Jan. 6, PolitiFact says there are no records to suggest the former president actually made the request.

Several Trump administration officials testified before the Jan. 6 committee that they had never heard the former president request troops before or during the attack.

Additionally, no evidence was presented that Pelosi, who is stepping down from the Democratic leadership after Republicans took control of the House on Jan. 3, opposed the alleged motion.

Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, told The Dispatch in October that the allegation was “fiction,” while stating that the spokesman “does not have the authority to block an order from the commander in chief.”

According to the committee’s Jan. 6 final report, Paul Irving, then serving as House Sergeant-at-Arms, told then-Capitol Police Commissioner Steven Sund that he didn’t like “the look” of the National Guard enlistment.

Sund later briefed House Administration Committee chair Zoe Lofgren, who asked about the National Guard. Lofgren was assured that without the guard, the situation was under control, but troops “could be activated with an emergency declaration” from the Capitol Police Department.

According to the report, Pelosi was not given a similar briefing. Her chief of staff said she was “told there was a plan” and “believed security professionals were in charge of security and prepared.”

Trump’s reference to his use of the word “peaceful” is reminiscent of his speech to supporters at the Ellipse on Jan. 6, just before the riot took place, when he urged the crowd to march to the Capitol to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” . “

The former president also urged those in attendance to “demand Congress to do the right thing,” “fight like hell,” and “show strength” because “you will never take back our country with weakness.”

On Monday, the Jan. 6 committee recommended that the Justice Department indict Trump on four felonies related to the attack on the Capitol, including insurgency, which could legally bar him from resuming office.

news week has reached out to Pelosi’s office for comment. Trump tears up Jan. 6 final report, accuses Pelosi of saying he called for peace

Rick Schindler

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