A member of the investigative committee said on Sunday that a US congressional panel probing the January 6 US Capitol riots last year hopes to be able to look into text messages sent by Secret Service agents the day before the devastation. ,
“We hope to get them by this Tuesday,” Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren told ABC’s “This Week” show. “We need all the texts from the fifth and sixth of January.”
The riot unfolded as nearly 2,000 supporters of then-President Donald Trump, a Republican, barged into the Capitol trying to prevent Congress from certifying that Democrat Joe Biden had won the 2020 election. Authentication of the Electoral College vote shows Biden backed Trump’s re-election bid, as rioters scuffled with police, ransacked the Capitol building and ransacked congressional offices.
Lofgren said the investigative committee needed Secret Service texts “to get a complete picture” of the events that happened before and during the Capitol rebellion. The Secret Service said last week that some phone data was lost during a routine reset of the iPhone, but all requested texts were saved.
“I was shocked to hear that they didn’t back up their data before resetting their iPhones,” Lofgren said. “It’s crazy, and I don’t know why that would happen, but we need to get this information.”
Lofgren said, “We went into it trying to do our job. We were tasked with being a committee to uncover all the facts about all the incidents from the sixth and up to the sixth so that we could report on that.” ” “We hope to do it in a way that is accessible to all Americans.”
The Secret Service said last week that any “objections” that it had intentionally removed the texts and that the committee had “full and unwavering cooperation”.
The lessons may be relevant to understanding how Trump dismissed his security detail about his refusal to go to the Capitol after speaking at a rally near the White House, and just before that time in the afternoon when rioters The first of those violated the Capitol as lawmakers were beginning to testify to Biden’s victory.
Witnesses testifying before the committee and police radio communications show that Trump sought to join his supporters at the Capitol, but his Secret Service details refused to take him there for fear of his safety in an unstable situation. Gave.
One witness, Cassidy Hutchinson, then a top aide to Trump’s last White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified about an earlier account in which he heard Trump drove the wheel of his limo to the Capitol. Although the Secret Service disputed his account.
In what could be its final public hearing, the committee is hearing testimony Thursday night about what Trump was doing for three hours and 17 minutes, at which time he ended his rally speech, as he does to this day, that he should Betrayed was another four-year term in the White House, and the time he released a short video of rioters leaving the building at the Capitol.
Witnesses have already said Trump watched the rebellion on television, while his aides and his daughter Ivanka, a White House adviser, publicly asked the rioters to disperse.
At one point, according to insider accounts of his comments during the riots, Trump voiced the approval of protesters who “hang up Mike Pence!” The then-vice president refused to accept Trump’s demands to return election results to legislatures in states he narrowly lost so that pro-Trump voters could replace official Biden voters.
In the United States, presidents are effectively elected in separate elections in each of the 50 states, and not through the national popular vote. The number of votes for each state in the Electoral College depends on its population, with the largest states predominant.
Eventually Trump told the rioters, “I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. But now you have to go home. We have to keep the peace. We must have law and order; we must have our great people in law and order.” have to be respected.”
In another tweet sent later, he said, “These things and incidents happen when a holy landslide election victory is so ruthlessly and viciously snatched away from so many great patriots, who have been with us for so long and so bad. Misbehaved. Go home in love and peace. Always remember this day!”
After the rioters were removed from the Capitol, lawmakers in the early hours of January 7, 2021 certified that Biden had won the election to the Electoral College by a 306–232 margin, and two weeks later as the nation’s 46th president. He was inaugurated. ,