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Videos | Trump: ‘I don’t want to say the election is over’

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“To those who broke the law: you will pay for it. They do not represent our movement. You don’t represent our country. And if you break the law… A second of silence and Donald Trump, then President of the United States, shakes his head. “I can’t say that, I won’t do it,” he repeats twice. These are the unreleased images released during Thursday’s hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. On the recording, in a speech the day after the storming of the US Capitol, the former president refused to admit that the 2020 election was over and that he had lost it.

This Thursday, at prime time, the Congressional commission investigating the events of January 6, 2021 analyzed minute by minute Donald Trump’s actions during the 187 minutes that the attack on the Capitol lasted. It happened during the eighth session, in which nine members share with the public the fruits of a year and a half investigation. To a full house, Republican Liz Cheney (Wyoming) said, “He refused to defend our nation and our Constitution. He refused to do what any American president would have done.”

The commission showed that Trump ignored all advice from relatives and aid workers pleading with him to send people home. “Donald Trump has chosen not to respond to pleas from Congress, his own party, and the nation at large, to end the violence,” Cheney said at the beginning of the session. Instead, Trump spent three hours watching TV and tweeting in the dining room next to the Oval Office. It was the tweet he directed at then-Vice President Mike Pence, which he deleted after five hours: “Mike Pence didn’t have the guts to do what he should have done to protect our country and our Constitution and the To allow states to certify a revised set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate facts they were previously asked to confirm. America demands the truth!” Sarah Matthews, who took part in Trump’s re-election campaign, said that “tweeting puts gas on the fire”.

During the session, evidence showed that Trump had failed in his duty as Commander-in-Chief and committed a “gross breach of his constitutional oath” by which he was bound to protect the integrity of the US legislature.

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