January 6 hearing: Barr told Trump his election fraud claims were ‘bulls***’
Donald Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr said his allegations that the election had been stolen were “bulls***” at the start of the commission’s first primetime hearing on Jan. 6 on their investigation into the Capitol riots. .
Commission Chair, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson began the hearings by saying, “I come from a part of the country where people justified the actions of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan and lynchings.
“I am reminded of that dark history when I hear voices today trying to justify the actions of the insurgents on January 6, 2021.”
“We are sworn to defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic,” he added, saying the oath was being tested.
He also criticized Trump for trying to stop the “transfer of power” by comparing words from Abraham Lincoln who said he would hand over power if he lost the election.
Thompson then turned to Barr’s testimony filmed during their investigation, where the former attorney general said, “I’ve had three conversations with the president that I can remember.
“One was on November 23. One was on December 1 and one was on December 14, and I’ve been through a kind of give and take of those discussions. And in that context, I made it clear that I didn’t agree with the idea of saying the election was stolen and putting out this stuff that I told the president was bullshit.
“And you know, I didn’t want to be a part of it. And that’s one of the reasons I decided to leave when I did what I saw. I think it was on December 1, and you know, how can we not live in a world where the incumbent government remains in power, based on its view, once supported by specific evidence that the election that fraud was committed in the election.’
The commission interviewed more than 1,000 people — including Trump associates and rioters — who they believe were directly or indirectly involved in the Capitol riots 17 months ago.
Donald Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr said his allegations that the election had been stolen were “bulls***” at the start of the commission’s first prime-time hearing on Jan. 6 over their investigation into the riots in the United States. Capitol
Commission Chair, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson began the hearings by saying, “I come from a part of the country where people justified the actions of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan and the lynching.
Republicans have called the primetime hearing produced by a former ABC News director James Goldston a distraction from the scandals plaguing the Biden administration and Democrats, including inflation, bad polls, gas prices, crime and the borderline situation.
They also say that security concerns are also to blame for the riots and claim that Nancy Pelosi is responsible for those mistakes.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump cracked down on the commission’s actions in a Truth Social post, saying January 6 “represented the greatest move in our country’s history to make America great again.”
“The Unselect Committee has not spent a minute studying why people flocked to Washington DC, far greater than the fake news media want to report, or even even call the Unselects.”
In a second message he said: ‘It was about an election that was rigged and stolen, and a country that was about to go to HELL…& now look at our country!’
In the next post, he taunted lawmakers on the committee as “political thugs” who “refused to study and report on the vast body of irrefutable evidence, much of it recently produced, showing that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and stolen.”
“They want NOTHING to do with that subject because they can’t beat the facts,” Trump said.
He accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser of rejecting an offer from the White House to send military reinforcements into the city that day.
“The Unselect Committee has now learned that I, as president, have proposed and offered to deploy up to 20,000 National Guard or troops in DC because it was believed the crowd would be very large,” Trump wrote in his three-post final. .
Crazy Nancy Pelosi declined the offer, she didn’t like the look of it. Likewise the mayor of DC. If they’d taken the offer, there wouldn’t have been January 6.’
Speaking at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, President Joe Biden called January 6 a “blatant violation of the Constitution.”
Before meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he said: “One of the things that will occupy my country tonight, I suspect, is the first public hearings on January 6 and as I said when it happened and after, I think it was a clear, flagrant violation of the Constitution.
“I think these guys and women broke the law – tried to reverse the outcome of an election.
“And there’s a lot of question about who is responsible, who is involved,” he added. ‘I’m not going to pass judgment on that.
Also on Thursday, it was reported that Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos revealed for the first time that she had spoken with Vice President Mike Pence about using the 25th Amendment to remove the president and said January 6 was the “last straw.” ‘ was before she resigned for his departure. last day at the office.
Above the empty seats are huge screens where the committee members will sit before the hearing, with the room filled with cameras and reporters
Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Daniel Hodges (left) and former Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone (right) sit to watch the hearing
An activist holds a sign next to a line of people waiting to enter the Cannon Building for his Thursday hearing
Huge lines form outside the Cannon Building in the Capitol complex Thursday night in hopes of getting into the hearing