Trump watched US Capitol riot unfold on TV, ignored pleas to call for peace | RNZ News – Radio New Zealand

Donald Trump sat for hours watching the attack on the US Capitol unfold on live TV on 6 January 2021, ignoring pleas by his children and other close advisers to urge his supporters to stop the violence, witnesses told a congressional hearing on Thursday.

Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2022 in Orlando, Florida, on 26 February, 2022.

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The House of Representatives Select Committee used its eighth hearing this summer to detail what members said was Trump’s failure to act for the 187 minutes between the end of his inflammatory speech at a rally urging supporters to march on the Capitol, and the release of a video telling them to go home.

“President Trump sat at his dining table and watched the attack on television while his senior-most staff, closest advisers and family members begged him to do what is expected of any American president,” said Representative Elaine Luria, a Democratic committee member.

The panel played videotaped testimony from White House aides and security staff discussing the events of the day.

Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone was asked question after question in the recorded testimony about whether Trump took this action or that action – did he call the secretary of defence? Did he call the US attorney general? Did he call the head of Homeland Security? Cipollone answered “no” to each query.

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