Jan. 6: Trump spurned aides’ pleas to call off riot

Former President Donald Trump refused pleas to call off the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol, according to the latest hearing by a House committee investigating the attack.

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July 22, 2022 - 3:49 PM

Matthew Pottinger, left, and Sarah Matthews are sworn in to testify before the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Thursday, July, 21, 2022. (Doug Mills/Pool/CNP/Zuma Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite desperate pleas from aides, allies, a Republican congressional leader and even his family, Donald Trump refused to call off the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol, instead “pouring gasoline on the fire” by aggressively tweeting his false claims of a stolen election and celebrating his crowd of supporters as “very special,” the House investigating committee showed Thursday night.

The next day, he declared anew, “I don’t want to say the election is over.” That was in a previously unaired outtake of an address to the nation he was to give, shown at the prime-time hearing of the committee.

The panel documented how for some 187 minutes, from the time Trump left a rally stage sending his supporters to the Capitol to the time he ultimately appeared in the Rose Garden video that day, nothing could compel the defeated president to act. Instead, he watched the violence unfold on TV.

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