Names close to former US President Donald Trump argued that on the night of the 2020 presidential election, Trump dismissed his suggestions that “we shouldn’t make an early victory statement because the election results are so close”.
Former Trump advisers and officials who attended the second session of the committee investigating the congressional raid on January 6, 2021, held in public in the US House of Representatives, evaluated what happened on election day.
Bill Stepien, Trump’s election campaign manager at the time, said in his statement before the committee, “My belief and advice at the time was to say that the votes are still being counted and that it is now too early to declare the winner.”
Stepien argued that Trump preferred to listen to his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, instead of listening to himself and other advisers who made such comments, and that he got to the podium early and gave his victory speech.
“IT WAS BREAKING FROM REALLY, I DON’T WANT TO BE A MODULE”
Attorney General William Barr, who spoke in the same committee, also claimed that Trump had reached the conclusion that Trump had won too early on the election day and that many people around him did not heed the cautious advice, “He was breaking away from reality , I did not want to be a part of it. He defended himself with his words.
Committee members, who have listened to nearly a thousand witnesses and examined more than 140,000 pages of documents so far, argue that there is strong evidence that Trump committed the crime of hurting the raid in the January 6 Congressional raid.
Committee Leader Democrat Benny Thompson, in his speech at the opening of the session, said that he should be punished, claiming that “Trump betrayed public safety”.
FIRST PUBLIC SESSION REACHED 20 MILLION VIEWERS
Approximately 20 million people watched the first session, which was held in public last Friday, on live broadcast in the USA, and the arguments that Trump played an important role in the congress raid came to the fore in the first session.
Tens of thousands of Trump supporters, who gathered in Washington on January 6, 2021, and claimed that there was fraud in the presidential elections, walked to the Congress after the rally, while thousands of people who broke through the police barricades and entered the Congress building damaged the building and some clashed with the police.
While a total of 4 people lost their lives in the events, hundreds were injured, and the Congress raid ended when the National Guard cleared the building.
Following the events, Trump, who was investigated for impeachment with the accusation of hurting the public to rebellion, was cleared of the charges because sufficient votes could not be reached in the vote held on February 13, 2021 in the Senate.