House Jan. 6 Committee Deputy Chair Liz Cheney on Monday accused former President Donald Trump of imprisoning “hundreds of our people” following the Capitol riot.
The Wyoming Republican said Mr Trump knowingly misled his supporters with his voter fraud allegations, and said those who stormed the Capitol did so at his behest.
“Hundreds of our countrymen have faced criminal charges,” Ms. Cheney said. “Many are serving criminal sentences because they believed what Donald Trump said about the election and acted on it.”
“They came to Washington DC at his request, they marched on the Capitol at his request, and hundreds of them besieged and invaded the building at the heart of our constitutional republic,” she said.
The Justice Department has charged at least 862 people in connection with the Capitol riot.
Ms Cheney’s remarks kicked off Monday’s hearing, which follows the prime-time Thursday debut of a series of hearings this month.
Aides said Monday’s hearing will focus on Mr Trump’s decision to claim victory on election night in November 2020 “despite sound advice that he didn’t have the numbers to win ‘and his decision’ to accept false claims that the election was tainted”. by widespread fraud” in the days following the election.
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