Jan. 6 probe: Trump sets rally after ‘unhinged’ meeting

Committee member Murphy said, “This was not a spontaneous call to action, but rather was a deliberate strategy.”

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July 13, 2022 - 4:11 PM

A video of former President Donald Trump is displayed on a screen during a hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a heated, “unhinged” dispute, Donald Trump fought objections from his White House lawyers to a plan, eventually discarded, to seize states’ voting machines and then, in a last ditch effort to salvage his presidency, summoned supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol for what turned into the deadly riot, the House Jan. 6 committee revealed Tuesday.

In another disclosure, raising the question of witness tampering, the panel’s vice-chair said Trump himself had tried to contact a person who was talking to the committee about potential testimony. And still more new information revealed that Trump was so intent on making a showing at the Capitol that his aides secretly planned for a second rally stage there on the day of the attack.

Rep. Liz Cheney, the panel’s vice chair, said it had notified the Justice Department that Trump had contacted the witness who has yet to appear in public.

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