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White House brawl, 'a call to arms', Twitter worker's fears about Trump tweet: Five things we learned at Capitol riot hearing

At the Capitol riots hearing, new and damning claims were made about Donald Trump’s final days as President.

One member of the committee said that Watergate, one of the most scandalous episodes in American political history, looked like “a cub Scout meeting” because of its latest revelations.

These are five things that we learned from Tuesday’s hearing.


1. Trump attempted to call a future witness

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It has been revealed that Donald Trump tried to call someone who was supposed to testify about the storming Congress on 6 January 2021.

The witness refused to answer the call and alerted their lawyers.

The US Department of Justice has been referred to the attempted contact.

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2. The White House was the scene of a brawl

This hearing was centered on the events of 18/12/2020.

This was the day that a group of activists and lawyers from “Stop The Steal,” attended a secret meeting in the Oval Office with President Obama.

They suggested that Donald Trump direct the US Army to seize voting machines in order to find evidence of electoral fraud.

Officials realized that the meeting was in progress and interrupted it. This triggered a “brawl” of screaming, exletives, and threats to violence.

One aide commented, “The West Wing seems unhinged.”


3. Trump tweeted that he was calling for arms.

On 19 December, Trump tweeted about a “big demonstration” scheduled for 6 January. He wrote: “Be there! Will be wild!”

Stephanie Murphy, a Democratic panel member, stated that this tweet was “served to call to action, and in some instances as a plea for arms.”

The hearing featured graphic and violent text messages sent following that tweet, as well as videos featuring right-wing figures like Alex Jones.

They pledged that they would fight for the president on 6 January.

Far-right forums were flooded with messages indicating plans for the big day. They claimed that Trump had asked for it in Washington.

It would be a red wedding, said one. This is a reference to the mass killing in Game Of Thrones. “Bring handcuffs.”

Others spoke out against the killing of police officers.

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Dramatic footage from Capitol riots


4. Employee at Twitter worried that people could die

A Twitter employee anonymous testified that he was worried about the deaths of people the day after Trump’s rally.

Nine people died in the aftermath and during the riot that broke out after Trump supporters stormed Capitol. This confirmed the worst fears of the Twitter employee.

The committee discovered that the employee had repeatedly raised concerns about Trump’s tweets, including the one on December 19.

He said, “It felt like a mob was being organized and they were gathering their weaponry and logic and reasoning behind why they were ready to fight.”

Trump’s tweets were met with a variety of responses, including references to being “locked up and loaded” as well as calls for civil war.

Twitter responded to the threat by saying that it had taken “unprecedented measures” to address threats in 2020’s election.


5. Trump adviser believed that Trump’s rhetoric was the cause of death

Text messages reveal that Trump’s aide Brad Parscale believed the rhetoric of the president on 6 January led directly to violence and the death protestor Ashlibabbitt.

During the insurrection, police fatally shot the 35-year old.

“A sitting president asking to have civil war. Parscale wrote, “This week I feel guilty for helping he win.” “A woman is dead.”

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