A House of Representatives panel probing the January 6 riots at the US Capitol says it has postponed a scheduled hearing for Wednesday.
No reason was given and the panel will still hold a scheduled hearing on Thursday.
Monday’s hearing featured videotaped testimony by former US Attorney General William Barr and several other White House and political aides of then-President Donald Trump, who said they had repeatedly told them that his allegations of fraud in the 2020 election The allegations were baseless and he was defeated again. ,
Barr said many of Trump’s claims of election irregularities were “completely bogus and silly.”
“I told the president that the fraud claims were nonsense,” Barr said, recalling one of his many White House meetings with Trump before resigning in late 2020.
“He was furious about it,” Barr recalled, leaving the meeting thinking, “If he really believed he was detached from reality” he had been betrayed by re-election.
“There was no sign of interest in what the actual facts were,” Barr said of Trump.
To this day, Trump claims he legitimately won the election two years ago, and Democrat Joe Biden became president through bogus vote counting in several states. However, recount after recount in those states showed that Biden had beaten him very hard, and that any minor irregularities uncovered would not have been enough to advance the result.
Polls show that many Trump supporters continue to believe his false claims that he won the election.
“Obviously he lost the election,” Barr said of Trump. “There was zero basis for enough evidence to reverse the election.”
The investigative panel showed several videos of officials in several major states debunking Trump’s claims, including a truckload of Biden votes at vote counters after the election, that thousands of dead people had voted, and that a vote was taken. The ballot box was suddenly pulled from under the table during a vote count by activists in the southern state of Georgia.
Former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue testified in another video clip shown by the committee, “I told them they were getting a lot of information that was bogus.”
Trump’s former campaign manager Bill Stepian was to testify on Monday but bowed down after his pregnant wife suffered labor. The committee instead played clips from his previous testimony in which he told investigators that he and others had cautioned Trump not to declare victory on election night while millions of mail-in ballots were heavily contested for Biden. were not yet counted.
Instead, Trump listened to his longtime lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who witnesses described as drunk on election night, who persuaded him to declare victory.
“Frankly, we won this election,” Trump told supporters at the White House in the early hours of November 4, 2020, claiming that the ongoing vote counting was “a fraud on the American people.”
Stepian said he didn’t mind being portrayed as “Team Normal” for being careful in declaring victory compared to Giuliani and other Trump attorneys who criticized the president’s claims of fraud in the weeks following the election. carried forward.
In another video, committee investigator Amanda Wick alleges that the Trump campaign used her election fraud claims to raise nearly $250 million to fight the election result before January 6, when some 2,000 of her supporters attacked lawmakers. stormed the Capitol to prevent U.S. from attesting to Biden’s victory. But she said a lot of the money went to Trump-favored political activities.
Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren, a member of the House panel, said “not only was the ‘Big Lie'” about alleged election fraud, but the “Big Rip-off” was raising money.
In a 12-page response to the hearing on Monday, the former president continued his false claims of electoral fraud and said Democrats were using the hearing to divert attention from a range of economic issues facing the country. .
“They are desperate to change the narrative of a failed nation, without even mentioning the havoc and death of radical leftists a few months ago. Make no mistake, they control the government. They are the masters of this disaster. They are hoping that these hearings will somehow change their unsuccessful prospects,” Trump said in a statement.
The committee is holding a series of hearings this month about how the January 6 uprising happened and the role Trump played in fueling it.
Attorney General Merrick Garland, who is deciding whether the Justice Department should prosecute Trump, said during the hearing on Monday, “I see.”
“And I can assure you that on January 6, prosecutors are watching all the hearings,” he said in a press briefing.
Some information in this report has been obtained from The Associated Press.