What exactly was disgraced, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump doing as the United States Capitol building was under siege by domestic terrorists and thousands of his supporters on January 6, 2021?
According to top officials who worked in the previous administration, he watched TV for over three hours before finally agreeing to release a video in which he urged the rioters to go home.
Mediaite reports that House Select Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) posted a video of testimony from ex-White House staffers, and what they had to say about Trump’s lack of concern or action is damning:
Kinzinger gave his Twitter followers an idea of what to expect by posting a series of deposition clips from former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, former Mike Pence National Security Adviser Keith Kellogg, former Executive Assistant Molly Michael, and former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. All four were asked what was Trump doing as the Capitol attack transpired, and based on their answers, the president and his team were in the White House dining room, watching the riot happen live on TV.
“To the best of my recollection he was always in the dining room,” McEnany said.
“I think everyone was watching the TV,” said Kellogg.
“It is my understanding he was watching television,” Michael said.
That footage (and other videotaped testimony) will be shown this evening at 8 p.m. EST when the committee holds its next public hearing.