The House committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol held its eighth public hearing on Thursday detailing former President Trump’s inaction during the critical 187 minutes between the end of his speech and when he finally told his violent supporters to go home.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger: “Here’s what’ll be clear by the end of this hearing: President Trump did not fail to act during the 187 minutes between leaving the Ellipse and telling the mob to go home, he chose not to act.”
Former deputy press secretary for Trump, Sarah Matthews testified in person and said many Trump staffers tried to step in while the attack was happening:
“If the president had wanted to make a statement and address the American people, he could have been on camera almost instantly.”
Also during the hearing: an outtake from Trump’s January 7th speech; you can see he’s struggling to condemn those who were rioting:
“You will pay. You do not represent our movement. You do not represent our country. And if you broke the law… you can’t say that. I’m not gonna, I already said you will pay.”
So what happens next? Rep. Liz Chaney:
“So our committee will spend August pursuing emerging information on multiple fronts before convening further hearings this September.