At Thursday’s hearing of the House Select Committee investigating that January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the panel will present evidence that former president Donald Trump was repeatedly warned about increasing violence by his supporters yet he still continued to encourage them to commit other illegal acts as a way of escalating the conflict, according to The Washington Post.
The committee plans to share in Thursday’s hearing new video footage and internal Secret Service emails that appear to corroborate parts of the most startling inside accounts of that day, said the people briefed, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal records. Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified in Junethat Trump was briefed on Jan. 6that some of his supporters were armed for battle, demanded they be allowed into his rally and insisted he wanted to lead them on their march to the Capitol.
White House emails will also play a role in helping the committee explain to the American people just how intimately involved Trump and members of his inner circle were in stoking the violence on that fateful January day.
Other internal emails likely to be revealed at the hearing further buttress accounts about staff members warning Trump about the risk and then the reality of violence that day, as he continued to press nervous Secret Service agents to take him to the Capitol to join his supporters marching there, the three people said. After being alerted to violence erupting at the Capitol when he returned to the White House, Trump tweeted criticism of Vice President Mike Pence for not blocking the certification of the election, whipping up supporters who had already trampled over security barricades and were battling police to break into the halls of Congress.
Another communique highlights just how worried senior security officials were that Trump would be allowed to travel to the Capitol and further rile up his supporters:
The committee is expected to make a criminal referral to the U.S. Department of Justice for Tump’s actions on Jan. 6, though it hasn’t formally announced such a move yet. It remains unclear if such a referral would come before or after the upcoming midterm elections in November.