Donald Trump claims he was not watching TV as a crowd of his supporters stormed the US Capitol, despite witness testimony and multiple testimonies from people in his administration revealing he was doing just that.
Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent for The New York Timessaid she pressed the former president for his actions during the assault on a joint session of Congress as lawmakers gathered to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“I wasn’t used to turning on the television. I would have put it if there was something. Later I turned it on and saw what was happening,” he said, according to Ms Haberman, writing in Atlantic in an article adapted from his book Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking Up of America.
“I had heard that later and actually on the late side,” Mr Trump said. “I had meetings. I was also with Mark Meadows and others. I did not watch television.
But former White House officials repeatedly testified before the House select committee investigating the attack that then-President Trump was in the dining room next to the Oval Office and watched him scroll on the screen.
Gen. Keith Kellog, national security adviser to then-Vice President Mike Pence, said Mr. Trump and his aides were watching television as the attack unfolded.
“I understand he was watching TV,” said Molly Michael, the president’s former executive assistant.
When asked if violent scenes from the Capitol were on display as the president watched, former White House attorney Pat Cipollone said “yes.”
“All I know of that day is that he was in the dining room, happily watching on his television as he often did, ‘look at all the people fighting for me,’ rewinding, looking at it again,” Stephanie Grisham, chief of staff and press secretary to then-First Lady Melania Trump, said in an interview with CNN. “That’s what I know.”
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