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With detailed evidence and a call for accountability, the January 6 panel seeks a legacy


Among the new evidence were revelations about how on Jan. 6 Mr. Trump knew about the chaos on Capitol Hill.

After delivering a speech to his supporters at the Ellipse, Mr Trump bumped into a White House staffer and asked if he had watched his speech on TV.

“Sir, they cut it because they’re rioting on Capitol Hill,” the employee said around 1:21 p.m., in an early indication that Mr. Trump knew about the violence, according to the report.

Shortly after 2:44 p.m., Mr Trump was informed that the riot had turned deadly.

A Capitol Police officer had shot a rioter named Ashli ​​Babbitt, and a handwritten note presented to the president — printed on a White House pocket card and held by the National Archives — read, “1x civilian shot in the chest @ door of House chaber.” A White House employee saw the note on the dining table in front of Mr. Trump, according to the committee report.

Yet Mr. Trump waited hours to call on his supporters to go home.

The committee presented evidence that Mr Trump had rejected an internal plea for a “more direct statement” to tell rioters to leave the Capitol, saying, “These people are hurting.”

In his last phone call of the night, Mr. Trump spoke with Johnny McEntee, his personnel manager. “It’s a crazy day,” the president told him. Mr McEntee said his tone was like ‘wow, can you believe that?’ But when asked if Mr Trump had expressed his sadness over the violence, Mr McEntee said no, adding: ‘I mean, I think he was shocked at, you know, that it was becoming a little out of control, but I don’t remember the sadness. , More precisely.”

The committee’s report revealed new evidence about how members of the Trump administration perceived the president’s conduct.

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