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>> that is senator schumer from about one hour ago. joe manchin, democratic from west virginia as senators arrive for the impeachment trial of president trump and we should hear early on about how long the defense expects to take today. live coverage here on c-span2. ... [background sounds] [background sounds] >> this and will be in order. dr. barry black will lead the senate in prayer.
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>> let us pray. almighty god, our shelter from the storms, give our senate jurors discernment that will rescue our nation from ruin. illuminate their minds with your truth as you speak through the whispers of conscience. remind them that the seeds they plant now will bring a harvest. made the choices they make bring blessings, healing and prosperity to our land. we pray in your merciful name.
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amen. >> please join me in the pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands: one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> please be seated, and if there is no objection the proceedings are approved to date and i would ask the sergeant at arms to make the proclamation. >> here ye hear ye hear ye. all persons are commanded to keep silent on pain of imprisonment while the senate of the united states is sitting for the trial of the article of impeachment exhibited by the house of representatives against
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donald john trump former president of the united states. >> the senate will be in order. the majority leader is recognized. >> it's my understanding the schedule today will be similar to yesterdays proceedings here we will plan to take a short break every two or three hours and will accommodate a 30 minute recess for dinner assuming it is needed. >> then pursuant to the provisions of senate resolution 47, the manager for the house of representatives have eight hours remaining to make the presentation of their case. the senate will now here you, and the presiding officer recognizes mr. manager raskin to continue the presentation of the case for the house of representatives. >> mr. president, thank you.
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distinguished senators, representatives to get of colorado will now show how the insurrectionists themselves believed that they were following president trump's marching orders. >> my friends and colleagues, yesterday was an emotionally wrenching day. as i watched the footage of the violence in the capitol building, my own experience flooded back to me. i was one of the unlucky numbers who were stuck in the house gallery, along with congresswoman dean. as the house the housd beneath us of members and staff
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we could see the mob pounding on the door to the house chamber. we could see the capitol police officers inside the chamber holder guns and point them at the intruders. then we heard gunshots on the other side, and we flung ourselves down on the floor and removed our member pans. then we heard pounding on the very flimsy gallery doors right above us. finally, after that situation for some time, we were told to run out of the door at the end of the gallery. as we ran through a line of police towards the staircase, this is what i saw. the swat team . the automatic weapons at marauders on the floor. looking at these people makes you wonder, who sent them here? in the next few minutes i want to step back from the horrors of the attack itself and look at
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january 6 from a totally different perspective, the perspective of the insurrectionists themselves. their own statement before, during, and after the attack make clear the attack was done for donald trump, at his instructions, and to fulfill his wishes. donald trump had sent them there. they truly believe it that the whole intrusion was at the president orders, and we know that because they said so. many of them actually posed for pictures, bragging about it on social media, and the tag mr. trump in tweets. folks, this was not a hidden crime. the president told them to be there, and so they actually believed they would face no punishment. the defense argued in their briefed and argued again here on
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tuesday at the insurrectionists were acting on their own, that there were not incited by president trump or acting at his direction. this is in their brief, quote, they did so at their own accord and for their own reasons and are being criminally prosecuted. but that's just not the case. it's not what the insurrectionists actually said. they said they came here because the president instructed them to do so. leading up to the attacks, the insurrectionists said they were coming to d.c. for president trump. he invited them with clear instructions for a specific time and place, and with clear orders, stop the fight -- or stop the certification in congress by any means necessary. the crowd at donald trump's speech echoed enchanted his
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words, and when people in the crowd followed his direction and march to the capitol, they chanted the same words as they breached this building. now let's return to this speech for a moment. during the rally president trump led the crowd in a stop the steal chant. here's what that chant sounded like from the crowds perspective. [shouting] >> all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal. [cheers and applause] [chanting] stop the steal, stop the steal [chanting] >> soon after, the president back as the crowd chanted -- people responded, storm the capitol, invade the capitol. here are both of those moments
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but from the crowds perspective. [chanting] fight for trump, fight for trump, fight for trump [chanting] >> thank you. [inaudible] >> yes. [shouting] >> invade the capitol building. >> we also have another perspective from this moment online extremist chatter. at the same time as the people in the crowd shouted take the capitol building, as president trump said show strength, a person posted two-parter saying quote, time to fight, civil war is upon us. another user said, quote, we're going to have the civil war.
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get ready. an analysis found members of civil war crime quadrupled in partner in the hour after donald trump said show strength. when insurrectionists got to the capitol they continued those rally cries your insurrection is holding confederate flags and brandishing weapons cheered the president's very words. [shouting] [chanting] stop the steal, stop the steal, stop the steal [chanting] >> you heard them chanting stop the steal. and as the crowd chanted at the rally, the crowd at the capitol
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made clear who they were doing this for. they also chanted fight for trump. [chanting] fight for trump, trite fip [chanting] >> and it wasn't just that they were doing this for mr. trump. they were following these instructions. they said he had invited them and, in fact, as we heard, he had invited them. as one man explained on a live stream he taped from inside the capitol, quote, our president wants us here. we wait and take orders from our president. footage from inside the capitol show when the insurrectionists first got in the building and confronted police, the mob screamed at the officers that they were listening to president
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trump. >> there's a million of us out there. [inaudible] >> the insurrectionists argued with law enforcement that they shouldn't even be fighting them, because they believed that the commander-in-chief was ordering this. this was the persons understanding. when president-elect biden went on television that day to demand an end to the seas, one woman asked this. >> does he not realize president trump called us to seize the place? >> examples of these types of comments are endless. don't worry, i will put all of them. but it wasn't just the words of the insurrectionists that prove that they did this in response to orders from their commander-in-chief. we can see this in the fact that
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they were not hiding. one writer in a live t the capitol said, quote, he will be happy. we are fighting for trump. >> let's call trump. dude, dude, let's tell trump. >> he will be like know, , just say we love him. we love you, row. no, he will be happy. what do you mean? we are fighting for trump. >> and again this is not an isolated incident. the individuals in this slide posted photos of themselves committing these crimes. trump supporters who had broken into the capitol were taking selfies, streaming live videos, and posing. in fact, they wanted the president to know this is me. in fact, you can see the person wrote on his own posting, this
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is me. and if there were any remaining doubt after hours of -- when president trump finally told the insurrectionists to go home, only then do some of them began to listen. as you previously saw at 4:17 p.m. mr. trump released a prerecorded video saying to the mob, go home, we love you, you're very special. shortly after he tweeted this video a few of the insurrectionists who had seen it could be claiming victory, be heard claiming victory and telling people to go home because of donald trump's message and instructions. you saw earlier the insurrectionists jacob who told someone, quote, we won the day. a little before that video, he said the same thing to the crowd through a bullhorn and instructed them to go home
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because of the video that president trump had tweeted. let's watch. >> we won the day. that's why president donald trump is asked by going to go home. >> even after the attacks, , the insurrectionists make clear to law enforcement that they were just following president trump's orders. they didn't shy away from their crimes because they thought they were following orders on the commander-in-chief, and so they would not be punished. they were wrong. after the attack there were dozens of arrests these were federal offenses, including assaulting the police. when law enforcement interviewed
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the people who were at the capitol on january 6 they once again said it was because the president told them to be there. robert sandford was seen in this widely circulated video during a fire -- throwing a fire extinction that struck the capitol police officer outside the building. [shouting] >> a witness told the fbi that sanford said he had traveled to washington, d.c. on a bus with a group of people. the group had gone to the white house and listen to donald j trump's speech and then have followed the president's instructions and gone to the capitol. folks, the insurrectionists didn't just make this up.
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as stanfords lawyer explained, you are being told that a fight like hell, does fight like hell mean you throw things that people? maybe. the lawyer added that his client, quote, wouldn't have been there if it were not for the president. now, sanford wasn't the exception. he was the rule. in their statements after the attack, insurrectionists routinely echoed what they had said before and during the attack. they were there because the president told them to be. now look, the lawyers who are saying that their clients were told to commit these acts by mr. trump, well, they know that putting the blame on the president doesn't exonerate their clients. they are just saying it, frankly, the cousin that's exactly what happened. another trump supporter who has been federally charged is texas real estate agent jennifer ryan.
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now ms. ryan has given many tv interviews in which she says she was only doing what the president asked her and others to do. she also recorded video before the rally talking about the mobs planned for violence, , and hers what she said. >> personally, i do not feel the sense of shame or guilt from my heart from what i was doing. i thought i was following my president. i thought i was following what we recalled to do. he asked me to fly the picky asked us to be there so i was doing when he asked us to do. >> ultimately yes, we were going in solidarity for president trump. president trump requested that we be in d.c. on the sixth here so this was our way of going and stopping to steal. >> if it comes down to work, guess what? i'm going to be there. we're all going to be here, we will break in those windows.
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>> yet another trump supporter who was arrested after breaching the capitol, douglas suite, explained in a media interview why he did it. referring to donald trump, he said quote, he said hey, i need my digital soldiers to show up on january 6, and we all did. some of these individuals who joined in the attack on our capitol did so as part of violent racist groups which had been officially condemned by our government. daniel goodwin is a self proclaimed member of the proud boys. he was one of many. on november 7th, goodwin tweeted a picture showing the proud boys logo surrounded by stanback and standby, and the quote, again, stanback and standby. and i'll wait orders from our commander-in-chief. look closely at this slide. you're looking at an image of
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his own tweet. he was such a loyal follower of president trump that he used the president's photo as his own profile picture on twitter. now remember, president trump told them to stanback and standby at the debates. they took it as a call to arms. and when he called them to arms, they were all ready to act. they were waiting for their orders which they got on januar. and goodwin follow those orders. he stood ready as others broke into the windows at the capitol and climbed inside. here he is on another, on another, and insurrectionists live stream in one of the first floor hallways of the building. when it became a clear that
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donald trump is not going to save these folks and prosecution, when it became clear that the commander-in-chief had given paul's command that went against this country, some of his supporters even expressed regret, and they said they felt duped. here's jacob chansley again who we saw in the video claiming victory after the president told the riders to go home. earlier in the afternoon, as you will recall, jacob chansley carried the spirit he reached the capitol, entered the senate through the gallery and went right here on to the senate floor. he left a threatening note for vice president pence right there on the senate dais. it read, quote, it only a matter of time. justice is coming. on january 7, chansely spoke to the fbi and he said that he came
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as part of a group effort with other patriots from arizona at the request of the president that all patriots come to d.c. on january 6, 2021. on january 14, chansely lawyer gave an interview to chris cuomo in which he said chansely was a quote at the invitation of our president who said he would walk down pennsylvania avenue with him. in fact, chansely's lawyer now said that chansely felt duped by the president and he regrets what the president brought him to do. this man who ran through our halls, who ran into this chamber, who sat right there on the dais and who wrote a note vice president pence that he was coming for him, he and those
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with him declared that would move us from office if we went against donald trump. now he is saying he would not have done any of that if mr. trump had told him not to. chansely is not alone in his post arrest that he was following the directions of donald trump, as more and more of these people have been charged. the confession and the regret simply cascades more and more insurrectionists are admitting that they came at trump's direction. when riley junior williams known for allegedly helping steal a laptop from speaker pelosi's office appeared in court on january 21, her lawyer said to the judge, quote, it is regrettable that ms. williams took the president bait and when inside the capitol.
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-- was in the capitol right on january 6 posted on my that day, quote, the president today, president trump told us to fight like hell. he also posted that the president, quote, said that our case was a matter of national security. samuel fisher was charged with disorderly conduct and illegally being in the capitol on january 6. that day before the attack on this building he wrote on his website, quote, trump just needs to fire the bat signal and, quote, then the pain comes. the lawyer for dominic pezzola, a leader of the proud boys who was the first person to break inside the capitol said that president trump effectively told his client and others quote, people of the country come on down. let people know what you think, quote, logical thinking was he
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invited us down. his lawyer went on, these were people acting in a way they've never acted before. and it begs the question, who lit the fuse? end quote. on january 6, we know who lit the fuse. donald trump told these insurrectionists to come to the capitol and stop the steal. and they did come to the capitol and they tried to stop the certification. they came because he told them to. and they did stop our proceedings, but only temporarily because he told them to. have you noticed throughout this presentation the uncanny similarity over and over and over again of what all these people are saying? they said what donald trump said, and that echoed each
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other. stand back and standby. stop the steal. fight like hell. trump sent us. we are listening to trump. the riots that day left at least seven people dead. more than 150 people injured. members, senators and our staff, all traumatized to this day, damage and pain to our capitol, damage and pain to americans, damage to our police force and damage to other nations who have always seen us as a bastion of democracy. all of these people have been arrested and charged, they are being held accountable for their actions. their leader, the man who incited them, must be held accountable as well.
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but as i said earlier, you don't have to take my word for it that the insurrectionists acted that donald trump's direction. they said so. they were invited here. they were invited by the president of the united states. [shouting] >> we were invited here. we were invited. hey, we were invited here. [inaudible] >> we were invited by the president of the united states.
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>> senators, representative degette she should have the insurrectionists believed and understood themselves to be following president trump's marching orders. she explained in chilling detail how they were acting in perfect alignment with his political instructions and his explicit strategy to retain power.
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they did what he told them to do. this pro-trump insurrection did not spring into life out of thin air. we saw how trump spent months cultivating america's most dangerous extremist groups. we saw how he riled up and up with corrosive lies and violent rhetoric, so much so they were ready and eager for their most dangerous mission, invalidating the will of the people to keep donald trump in office. we must remember that this was not the first time donald trump inflamed and incited a mob. trump knew that his incitement would result in violence not only because of the thousands of violent messages that were posted all over the forums and the widespread news in preparation for violence among extremist groups, and his communications on twitter with the insurrectionists themselves. he knew it also because he had seen many of the exact same groups he was mobilizing
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participate in extremist violence before. moreover,, he had seen clearly how his own incitement to violence and praise after the violence took place galvanized, encouraged and electrified these extremist followers. these tactics were road tested. january 6 was a culmination of the president actions. not an aberration from them. the insurrection was the most violent and dangerous episode so far in donald trump's continuing pattern and practice of inciting violence. but it emphasize, so far here earlier congressman plaskett showed several episodes of trump's incitement that took place during the presidential election. but his encouragement of violence against other public
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officials who he thought had crossed him long predates the 2020 campaign. the incitement of violence is always dangerous but it is uniquely intolerable when done by the president of the united states of america. but that became the norm. when president trump's watch white supremacist and extremist groups have spread like wildfire across the land. his own department of homeland security called homegrown terrorism the number one threat facing americans today. but no matter how many people inside and outside government begged him to condemn extreme elements, emoting violence, and indeed civil war, in america, in race for in america, she just wouldn't do it. that's because he wanted to incite and provoke their violence for his own political gain and for his own strategic objectives.
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ever since he became president, trump revealed what he thought of, political violence for his side. he praised it and he encouraged it. right now i'm going to play for you just a few clips from over the years when the president's words excessively incited his supporters into assaulting his opponents. [shouting] >> the first group, i was nice. take your time. the second group i was pretty nice. the third group i will be a little more violent, and the fourth group i will say get the hell out of here. [cheers and applause] [shouting] >> get them the hell out of here, will you, please? get them out of here.
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throw them out. >> got a little notice in case you see the security guy. >> we have wonderful security guys. they said, mr. trump, there may be somebody with tomatoes in the audience. so if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? seriously. okay. just knock the hell -- i promise you i will pay for the legal fees, i promise. i promise. >> well, we have seen these clips and many, many more likely before, but think about the brutal power and effectiveness of his words with his followers. you hurt him. told his supporters to be a little more violent and they responded to his command by literally dragging a protester across the floor of one of his campaign rallies. he cried get him the hell out of here, throw him out. his supporters punched and kicked another protester as youth escort from the hall.
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he told supporters to knock the hell out of people who oppose him and promised to pay the legal fees of the assailants. time after time he encouraged violence took his supporters listen and to get the message but it wasn't just trump's encouragement of violence that condition his supporters to participate in this insurrection on january 6. it was also his explicit sanctioning of the violent after he took place. let's watch some of those incidents again with trump praising supporters who had assaulted a black protester. [shouting] [inaudible] >> but we had a couple that were really violent and the particular one what i said, like bang them, that was a very you know, i guy who is winning, very loud and started swinging at the audience. and you know what? the audience swung back and i thought it was very, very
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appropriate. he was swinging. he was hitting people and the audience get back here and that's what we need a little bit more of. [inaudible] >> i'm sick and tired of you guys. the last time you hear he did the same thing. get the hell out. get the hell out of here. >> you just broke my glasses. >> you did the same damn thing. >> you just body slam the and broke my glasses. >> greg is fine. by the way, never wrestled him. you understand that? never. any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of guy. [cheers and applause] [shouting]
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[chanting] jews will not replace us. jews will not replace us. [chanting] i'm ashamed we are nonviolent. >> i think there is blame on both sides picu also what people that were very fine people on both sides. >> so just in case you didn't catch all of that, the present praise of republican candidate assaulted a journalist as my kind of guy. he said there were quote, very fine people on both sides when
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the neo-nazis, the klansmen and proud boys invaded the city, the great city of charlottesville and killed heather heyer. he said an attack on a black protester one of his rallies was very, very appropriate. does that sound familiar? is no president trump responded when asked about his own conduct on january 6. >> if you read my speech, and many people have died it, it's been analyzed and people thought that what i said was totally appropriate. >> so there the pattern is staring us in the face. very, very appropriate he said after man was assaulted at one of his rallies. totally appropriate, was how he characterized his incitement on january 6. meaning that of course if given the chance he would go out and do it again, because why would
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he not engage in totally appropriate conduct? and zappa nation of his past statements makes it clear that when donald trump tells a crowd as he done in january 6 fight like hell, or you won't have country more, he met for them to fight like hell. on january 6 that became clear to all of america. let's consider the event that took place last in michigan were president trump demonstrated his willingness and his ability to incite violence against government officials who he thought were getting in his way. >> when responding to the plots in michigan trump show do not use the the power of the moo advance his political objectives. beginning in march trump level attacks on michigan governor gretchen whitmer for the coronavirus policies in her state. on march 17 the day after governor witmer pushed the federal government to better support the states on covid-19, trump criticized her handling of the pandemic tweeting, failing mission in governor must be much
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more practical we're pushing her to get the job done. i stand with michigan. arch 27 the added i love michigan. one of the reasons we're doing such a great job for them during this horrible pandemic, yet your governor gretchen half witmer is way in over her head. she doesn't have a clue, her own ineptitude. hashtag maga. by april trump's name-calling turned to calls for mass mobilization of his supporters. this was a sign of things to come. on april 17, 2020 tweeted quote, liberate michigan. not even two weeks later on april 30 his supporters march from the michigan state capitol. they stormed the building. trump's marching orders were followed by aggressive action on the ground.
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[shouting] >> we have right. let us in. [chanting] let us in [chanting] let us in. >> heil hitler. heil hitler. >> you policeman are all cowards. you betrayed us. you betrayed the people. >> [chanting] lock her up, lock her up [chanting] >> these militant protesters showed up ready to take a violent stand. they came armed and tightly packed themselves in the building with no regard of course the social distancing. this trump inspired mob may indeed look familiar to you. confederate battle flags, maga
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hats, weapons, campbell army gear. just like the insurrectionists who showed up and invaded this chamber on january 6. besieged at the michigan state us was effectively a state level dress rehearsal for the seizure of the u.s. capitol that trump insider on january 6. it was a preview of the coming insurrection. president trump's response to these two events was strikingly similar. following the armed seat in lansing president trump refused to condemn the attacks on the michigan capitol or denounce the violent lawbreakers. instead he did just the opposite. he upheld the righteousness of his violent followers cause any put pressure on the victim of the attack to listen to his supporters. the day after the mob attack in lansing trump told governor
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witmer to negotiate with the extremists tweeting that the governor should just quote, give a a little to the violent men would storm the capitol, threatening that only the stability of the michigan government but her own life. as you can see he tweeted, the governor of michigan should give a little and put out the fire. these are very good people but they are angry. they want their lies back again safely. see them, talk to them, make a deal. the president is heavily armed extremists carrying confederate battle flags and pushing past police to overtake the michigan state house chamber are very good people and just negotiate with them. it's clear he doesn't think that they are at fault in any way at all. but april 30 wasn't the only time trump supporters storm michigan capitol. in golden -- emboldened by his
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praise and encouragement and support the escalated again. governor whitmer refused to capitulate to the presidency demand to negotiate with them. two weeks later on may 14 14th trump's mob again storm the state capitol. this time as you can see here one man brought a doll with a noose around the neck foreshadowing the appearance of a large downloads erected outside of this building downstairs from here on january 6 as the crowd chanted, and diced and still hear the words ring in my ear, hang mike pence, hang mike pence. over the coming months even after a crowd threatening governor whitmer stormed the capitol trump continue to assail her in public. at about michigan september 10, trump whipped up the crowd against governor whitmer saint quote she doesn't have a clue about reopening her own states economy. the crowd cheered. then on october 8, the precise consequences of the the pret incitement to violence were
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revealed to the whole world. look at this. 13 men were arrested by the fbi for plotting to storm the michigan state capitol building, launch a civil war, kidnapped governor whitmer, transport her to wisconsin and try to execute her. this was an assassination conspiracy, kidnapping conspiracy. look at the language that they used. in the charging document fbi reported that one of the conspirators said he needed quote 200 men to storm the capitol building and take political hostages including the governor. the suspect called it a snatch and grab, man. grab the acting governor. one of the spin has pled guilty to this conspiracy. the plot was well organized just like the one that was coming on january 6. the men in michigan considered throwing molotov cocktails to disarm police vehicles and construct their own ideas
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something that happened here on january 6. please authorities arrested extremists that weapons and materials to build explosive devices, including one man found with an assault rifle and enough materials to make 11 molotov cocktails. on september 17, 2020, one of the michigan conspiracists posted when the time comes there will be no need to strike fear through presence. the fear will be manifested through bullets. and what did donald trump do as president of the united states to defend one of our nation's governors against a plotted kidnapping by violent insurrectionists? did he publicly condemn violent domestic extremists who hope and plan to launch a civil war in america? no, not at all. he further inflamed them by continuing to attack the
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governor who was the object their hatred in this kidnapping conspiracy. the very night this conspiracy became public, and that governor whitmer learned that there were 13 men who are planning to kidnap and likely kill her, trump did not condemn the violence. he did not criticize the extremists. he didn't even check on governor whitmer is safety. he chose to vilify governor whitmer again, then amazingly took credit for foiling the plot against her, demanding her gratitude and then he quickly of course changed the subject to antifa. he tweeted, governor whitmer has done a terrible job. he demanded that she thank him for the law enforcement operation that had foiled the kidnapping conspiracy that had been encouraged by his rhetoric. on october 17, a little over a week after these people were
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arrested for preparing to kidnap gretchen whitmer, trump riled up boisterous crowd in muskegon with more slashing personal attacks on witmer driving the crowd to chant lock her up, lock her up. he has now seen some of his followers were prepared to engage in criminal violence with orchestrated attacks, deadly weapons and wielding bodies to store a state capitol building to attack his perceived political enemies. and so as the crowd chanted locker of he pivoted to his next goal. he told them they couldn't trust the governor to administer fair elections in michigan. he used a crowd he knew would readily engage in violence to prepare his followers for his next and, of course, his paramount political objective claiming the election was stolen and inciting insurrectionary action. he did it again on october 27
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during a pre-election rally speech in lansing, michigan, where the capitol had been storm. trump openly joked with the crowd about critics saying his words had provoked the violent plot against governor whitmer. check it out. it's telling. >> we got to get her going. i don't think she likes me too much. [chanting] lock her up, lock her up, lock her up. [chanting] >> i don't comment to that because every time if i make just a little bit of a nod, they say the president led them -- i don't have to lead you. even a little nod they say the president said, your governor at the urging of her husband who is abuse our citizens are badly, the only man allowed in the
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stated mission, the only man allowed to go sailing is a husband. no, your governor -- i i don't think she likes me too much. [shouting] >> hey, hey, hey. i'm the one. was our people that helped her out with her problem. people are entitled to say it was a problem, maybe it wasn't. it was our people, our people, my people that helped her out. >> so president trump offered them a little winking inside joke about his constant incitement of the mob and how much can actually be communicated by him just a little nod, just a little nod. he presided over another pounding rendition of his trademark chant lock her up, lock her up, then referring to the fbi foiling of the kidnapping conspiracy which was deadly serious. he said that he helped out with
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the problem. maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn't. it was a problem, maybe it wasn't. the president of the united states of america. he could not bring himself to publicly oppose a kidnapping and potential assassination conspiracy plot against a sitting governor of one of our 50 states? trump knew exactly what he was doing in inciting the january 6 mob. exactly. he had just seen how easily his words and actions inspire violence in michigan. he sent a clear message to his supporters. he encouraged planning and conspiracy to take over capitol buildings and threaten public officials who refuse to bow down to his political will. is there any chance of donald trump was surprised by the result of his own incitement?
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let's do what tom paine told us to do, use our common sense. the sense we have in common. as citizens. if we don't draw the line here, what's next? what makes you think the nightmare with donald trump and lawmaking and violent mob is over? if we let him get away with it, and then it comes to your state capitol or comes back your again, what are we going to say? these prior acts of incitement cast a light on trump's obvious content, obvious and ten. he is unavoidable knowledge of the consequences of his incitement, the unavoidable knowledge of the consequences of his incitement in the clear foreseeability of the violent harm that he unleashed on our people and our republic. january 6 was not some unexpected radical break from his normal law-abiding and
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peaceful disposition. this was his state of mind. this was his essential m.o. he knew that egged on by us tweets, his lies and his promise of a wild time in washington to guarantee his grip on power, is most extreme followers which show up bright and early ready to attack, ready to engage in violence, ready to fight like hell for their hero. just like they answered his call in michigan. president trump has said over and over his supporters are loyal to her in his own words is supported on the most loyal they we've seen in our country's history. and he knew his most hard-core supporters willing to direct violence at elected officials. indeed, to attack and lay siege to a capitol building. and he knew they would be ready to heed his call on january 62 stop the steal by using violence
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to block the peaceful transfer of power in the united states. he knew they were coming. he brought them here and he welcome them with open arms. here you and love you from the oval office. my dear colleagues, is it any political leader in this room who believes that if he is ever allowed by the center get back into the oval office, donald trump would stop inciting violence to get his wife? would you bet the lives of more police officers on that? would you bet the safety of your family on that? would you bet the future of your democracy on that? president trump declared his conduct totally appropriate. so if he gets back into office and it happens again, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.
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>> -- to tell you about president trump's total lack of remorse after the insurrection. >> good afternoon. my colleagues walk you through president trump's actions leading up to january 6 and in the horrific events on january 6. and we saw both during the attack as well as in the days after the attack that this was a president who showed no remorse and took no accountability. in fact, quite the opposite. as represented raskin shoji president trump claimed that his actions were, quote, totally appropriate. that assertion that everyone
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thought donald trump's actions were totally appropriate, including people in this room, is of course untrue. it is also dangerous point and that's why members of congress and u.s. senators, former and current administration officials, state and local officials all confirm what we witness with our own eyes that donald trump's conduct was wrong. it was destructive, dishonorable, and un-american. president trump's lack of remorse and refusal to take accountability during the attack shows his state of mind. it shows that he intended the events of january 6 to happen, and when it did he delighted in it. president trump's lack of remorse and refusal to take accountability after the attack poses its own unique and
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continuing danger. it sends a message that it is acceptable to incite a violent insurrection to overthrow the will of the people, and that a president of the united states can do that and get away with it. that is why we have to hold president trump accountable, to send a message that is never patriotic to incite a violent attack against our nation's capital. and that future presidents will know that they cannot follow in donald trump's footsteps and get away with it. let's start with the day of the attack. on insurrection day, january 6, president trump did not once condemned the attack, not even once. even when he finally asked the violent extremists to go home, which was three hours after the
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attack began, he sends this video and he in it with you are very special, we love you. that was his message to people who perpetrated this violent, gruesome attack. we love you. and then two hours later he tweets, remember this day forever. this is not a man who showed remorse. but it's worse than that. after that tweet it took him another full day to even condemn the attack itself. the very next day president trump was eerily silent, and then at 7:01 p.m. he releases a prerecorded video, and their president trump for the first time nearly 30 hours after the attack began acknowledges and condemns the violence and mayhem
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that occurred. he said the demonstrators defiled the seat of american democracy. he said that these demonstrators didn't represent this country and if they broke the law, they would pay. but even in that video he says more lies. he says in that very same video that he made a deployed national guard. that again is not true. the national guard was not deployed until over two hours after the attack began around 3 p.m. because of his late deployment the national guard did not arrive until after 5 p.m. and when the guard was deployed, the pentagon had released a statement that showed the list of people, and you saw the list, of folks that were consulted before deploying the national guard here several people were on the list including the vice
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president here president trump was not on that list. and you know, as a veteran, i find it deeply dishonorable that our commander-in-chief did not protect us and then later he tries to take credit for something he failed to do. shameful. .. in that so-called condemnation, here's what he actually said . >> and to all my wonderful wonderful supporters i know you are disappointed but i want you to know our incredible journey is only just beginning .
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>> president trump not only failed to show remorse or take accountability, he made clear he is just beginning. four days he did not address the nation after this attack. we needed our commander-in-chief to lead. to unite a grieving country. to cover us. but what did president trump do west and mark nothing silence . we're all aware a violent mob murdered a police officer. it took president trump three days before he lowered the flagfor the united states of america . three days. and president trump who was commander-in-chief at the time did not attend and pay respects to theofficer who lay in state at the very building that he died
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defending . now, some people have argued that president trump made a mistake. that he gets a mulligan. but we know president trump didn't make a mistake. because you see, when you or i make a mistake and something very bad happens we would show remorse. we would accept responsibility. president trump didn't do any of that why not ? because he intended what happened on january 6 and how do we know that? he told us. on january 12 as president trump wasboarding air force one to head to texas and you saw this video before and i'llshow it again , he was asked by a reporter , what is your role in what happened at thecapital ? what is yourpersonal responsibility ? >> my speech and my final
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paragraph, my final sentence and everybody can see, he thought it was totally appropriate . >> january 12 president trump had seen a violent attack on the capital . the new people had died. and his message to all of us was that his conduct was totally appropriate . i'm a former prosecutor. we are trained torecognize lack of remorse butit doesn't take a prosecutor to understand that president trump was not showing remorse . he was showing defiance . he was telling us that he would do this again that he could do this again . that he and future presidents can run for national election, lose the election, inflame the supporters for months and then insight andinsurrection and that would be totally appropriate . one week after the attack on
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january 13th jen president trump continuing bipartisan criticism releases another video . here's part of what he said. i want to be very clear, i quickly condemned the violence we sawlast week. violence and vandalism have no place in our country and no place in our movement . trump of course had to make that statement. he needed to unequivocally condemn the attack but he also needed to mean those words . we saw donald from trump to and was attached, sometimes 108 weeks in a day and in public speeches and across rallies repeating fight and stop the steal and never surrender, you know what it looks like when president trump wants to convey a message, forcefully loudly andrepeatedly he does . this video sent after a week
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was not that. and we know this because in this video heagain does not show remorse .does not take responsibility. again does not acknowledge his role in the insurrection. he does not say in that video for example everything i said in the months prior went too far. and he does not say theone sentence that matters . he does not say the one sentence that would stop future political violence. the election was not stolen. he still hasn't said that sentence. that is why national guard troops in full body armor still patrol outside. reports on the white house also confirm that president trump believes he was quote, force by the bipartisan furor after the election to
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acknowledge the new administration. we know he did not stand behind his belated condemnation because those around him confirmed it and behind closed doors sources confirm president trump still refuses to directly acknowledge hiselection loss to joe biden. he refused to even attend the peaceful transition of power . the first president in modern history. president trump even reportedly while watching the impeachment vote quote, focused his ire on republicans who voted for his impeachment, peppering aides with questions about what he could do to exact revenge. president trump has made clear that if he is not held accountablewill not be accountable. it will not stop . now, president from wood at his face in the world believe his conduct was totally appropriate. it is important to impeach that falsehood. to make clear to his
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supporters and everyone watching that what donald trump did was not acceptable. in fact, quite the opposite. people in his own party, state officials, former officials, current officials, members of congress have unambiguously and passionately said what donald trump did was quote, disgraceful. shameful. and have called his behavior existential and wrong. and they said his actions gaverise to one of the darkest chapters in united states history . let's hear what some of these officials had to say. here are governors spencer cox, charlie baker, mike dewine and phil scott. >> people have to be held
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accountable and that includes the president. >> there was a culmination of months of president trump repeating over and over again that the american electoral system is a fraud. after he stoped the flames of outrage for weeks leading up to the events of yesterday, he refused to adequately prepare the us capital forthe possibility of violence and left it nearly defenseless . his remarks during and after the travesty of the attack on the capital were disgraceful. >> president trump's continued refusal to accept the election results without producing credible evidence of a rigged election has started a fire that threatens to burn down our democracy. this incendiary speech yesterday when he gave preceding the march that he gave the protesters should serve only to fan those flames.
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>> i proudly stood by my father's side at age 12 on the floor of the house chamber as we both took the oath of office. an oath to support and defend the constitution of the united states. it's clear to me that president trump has abandoned this sacred oath. >> seeing our capital, a symbol of democracy around the world swarmed by an angry mob was heartbreaking and let me be clear. these actions were not patriotic. and these people are not patriots. the fact that these flames of hate and insurrection were lit by the president of the united states will be remembered as one of the darkest chapters in our nations history.
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>> one of the darkest chapters in our nations history. former members and long-standing republicans also made clear that president trump incited this insurrection and it went against our democracy. the president's former secretary of defense, james mattis declared today's violent assault on our capital and effort to subjugate the american democracy by mob rule was commented by mister trump . former white house chief of staff john kelly also spoke on this as well and i like to play an audio clip of what he said . >> what happened on capitol hill were the direct result of his poisoning the minds of people with the lies of fraud. >> if you couldn't hear what john kelly said about president trump was that what happened on capitol hill was
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a direct result of him poisoning the minds of people with the liesand their fraud . the former speaker of the house john boehner declared the invasion of our capital by a mob inflated by lies from those entrusted with power is a disgrace to all those who sacrifice to build our republic. this was echoed by former official after former trump official . here's what former national security had john bolton and hr mcmaster and former chief of staff mick mulvaney said. >> let me ask you, do you think president trump has blood on his hands ? >> i think he does. i agree with bill barr. i think he did incite this model with the clear intention of having them disrupt the electoral college certification and delay it to give him more time. i don't think there's any question about it.
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>> there are many reasons for this assault on the capital but foremost among them were president trump's exhortations and sustained disinformation.we've seen the president stoking fears in this crisis. >> first and foremost i want to say what happened at the capital was unacceptable, un-american, undemocratic. >> i think everybody recognizes what happened on wednesday is different . you can go to all down the long litany of things people complain about with donald trump, many of them were policy differences, many of them stylistic differences but wednesday was different. wednesday was existential. wednesday was one of those things that struck to the heart of what it means to be an american and it was wrong . >> mick mulvaney, president trump's former chief of staff is clearly saying what we all felt . january 6 was different. it was existential. it was wrong.
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it was an american. and this sentiment was echoed not just from people outside the administration but from people inside the trump administration. a flood of resignations from people inside trump's administration with access to president trump. his own officials felt so betrayed by his conduct that numerous officials resigned in protest days before the end of president trump's term. 16 officials resignedin protest . 16. they all took this dramatic action of resigning because they saw the clearly between president trump's conduct and the violent insurrection. here are some of what they said. secretary divorce been in the
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administration an entire term pulled trump in her resignation letter that quote, there's no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation and it is an inflection point for me. secretary chow who was in the administration their entire term explain yesterday our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the president stormed the capitalbuilding following a rally he addressed . as i'm sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way i simply cannot set aside. deputy costello told his associates the attack was his quote, breaking point and he hoped quote, a wake-up call. these rebukes and resignations from president trump's own administration make clear that president trump's conduct was anything totally appropriate. they also remind us that this
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can and must be a wake-up call. as representative fred upton so eloquently put it, president trump expressed no regrets for last week's violentinsurrection at the us capital . this sends exactly the wrong signal to those of us who support the very core of our democratic principles and took a solemn oath to the constitution. it is time to say enough is enough. now, no one is saying here president trump cannot contest the election. of course he can. but what president trump did as his former chief of staff explained was different area it was dishonorable . it was un-american and we saw it in fatalities. president trump spent months inflaming his supporters to spread lies and insight a violent attack on the
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capital, on our law enforcement and on all of us and then he lied again to his face to tell them thiswas okay, that this was all acceptable . that is why president trumpis so dangerous . because he would have all of us, all americans believe any president who comes after him can do exactly the same thing . that's why a lack of remorse is an important factor in impeachment because impeachment, conviction and disqualification is not just about the past. it's about the future. it's making sure that no future official, no future president does the same exact thing president trump does. remorse shows that you will undoubtedly cause future harm if allowed. that he still refuses to account for his previous
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high-grade crime against our government. you know, i'm not afraid of donald trump running again in 4 years. i'm afraid he's going to run again and lose. because he can do this again. what an unusual situation because despite president trump's claim that everyone thinks what he did was fine, so many have come out and spoken so passionately about what happened here . i'd like to highlight statement by a representative cantley and dallas. he said the vice president and both chambers of congress guidelines put in grave danger as a result of the president's actions and events leading up to and on january 6. during the attack itself the president abandoned his post while many members ask for help, endangering all. these are threats not just to people's lives but to the
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very foundation of our republic . and now i'd like to show what members of congress said leading up to the most bipartisan impeachment vote in us history. i do want everyone watching, especially president from supporters to see firsthand what i believe we all feel. what president trump did was not appropriate, that it was not american and that it absolutely cannot stand. >> what he has done and what he has called here is something that we've never seen before in our history. >> the president has become onboard not just from his duty or even his oath but fromreality itself . >> the president's role in this insurrection is undeniable. both on social media and in his speech that day. he deliberately promoting baseless theories creating a combustible environment of disinformation and division.
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to allow the president to incite this attack without consequences is a direct threat to the future of this democracy . >> after this trial, i hope you will come together and cast your vote absolutely clear how we as the congress and as a nation about what donald trump did by convicting him. and to prevent this be only the beginning as president trump said and to deter future presidents who did not like the outcome of a national election from believing they can follow in president trump's footsteps . it is what our constitutional requires. it is what our country deserves. representative jacquet will show how conspiracy theorists
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contrived to attack the capital. >> my colleagues have shown you the overwhelming evidence of how president trump's conduct assembled, incited and inflamed the mob. we showed how and why this attack, this violence was not only foreseeable but preventable. we showed that president trump new his conduct could and wouldresult in violence . and that when the attack occurred, he did not fulfill his duty as commander-in-chief and defend us. instead, he was delighted.
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donald trump incited a violent insurrection and he failed to defend our nation, our capital, this congress and our law enforcement from the attack he incited. now i want to turn to the impact, the long-term harm of thisconduct . my colleagues and i will walk through the depth and gravity of this harm. i'd like to start withthe effect president trump's conduct had on our domestic security . we saw firsthand how donald trump's conduct emboldened and escalated domestic violence extremists. these folks are known in the law-enforcement community as dvds. these were and are made worse by president trump's refusal to take accountability and his refusal to forcibly denounce what his own fbi
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identifiedas some of the most dangerous elements of our country . even as the attack was underway, he tweeted words of support to his violent supporters and that in the aftermath on january 7 president trump made it clear this was only the beginning. >> to all of my wonderful supporters, i know you are disappointed but i want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning. >> he was right. unless we take action, the violence isonly just beginning . in the aftermath of the attack we saw a huge rise in threats from domestic violence extremists. including specific threats to the inauguration in dc and also to all 50 state capitals
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area our intelligence agencies confirm that in addition to these civic threats, president trump's conduct emboldened the very same violence groups who initiated the attack and spark new violent coalitions. these groups believe that their following his orders. they believe that they are there acts of insurrection and violence are patriotic . violence is never patriotic and it's never american. it's not the democraticway and it's not the republican way . after the attack, the nation's top defense and law enforcement agencies reported an increase in credible threats to the inauguration from donald trump's supporters. on january 13 2021, a joint intelligence bulletin issued by the department of homeland security, the fbi and
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national counterterrorism center", since the six january event violent online rhetoric regarding the 20 january presidential inauguration has increased with some calling for unspecified justice for the six january fatal shooting by law enforcement of the participants who had illegally entered the capital building and another posting that quote, many armed individuals would return on 19 january. agencies also made clear why these threats were escalating , especially regarding the inauguration. the report explained that a primary motivating factor was quote, the shared false narrative of a stolen election. an opposition to the change in control of theexecutive and legislative branches of the federal government .
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may lead some individuals to adopt the belief that there is no political solution to address their grievances and violent action is necessary. in other words, president trump spreading of inflammatory disinformation about the election incited insurrection on january 6 and may lead to further violence. online, just as they did prior to the january 6 attack , from supporters took to the internet to organize and document their desire and plan for future violence at president by the inauguration. and in the in the days charlie after the attack, several posters on extremist social media websites made further plans for violence. they posted quote, many of us will return on january 19 2021, carrying our weapons in support of our nations
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resolve to which the world will never forget. we will come in numbers no standing army or policeagency can match . quote, we took the building once and we can take it again. other users eager to participate in additional attacks confirmed that they were waiting on president trump's instructions about what to donext . referring to a future planned attack, a user on online platform has gab posted i'd like to comedo this but want to know, does our president want us there ? awaiting instructions area in fact in the days leading up to the inauguration multiple individuals, many potentially an attempt to carry out the plot i just reviewed were arrested in washington dc including on serious weapons charges. one of those men was coolly
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gripping, the founder of cowboys for trump who took part in the capital attack and was also arrested on january 17 . here's what he said about his plans for violence. >> you want to say that that was a mob? you want to say that was violence? no man. we could have a second amendment rally if we had that rally yesterday and if we do, then it's going to be a sad day because there's going tobe blood running out of that building but at the end of the day you mark my words we will plant our flag on the desk of nancy pelosi and chuck schumer . >> blood running out of the building. this building. the capital. where all of us are right now. now, the name cooley griffin may sound familiar because he previously faced controversy for a may 2020 video where he
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said quote, the only good democrat is a dead democrat . here it from him yourself. >> the only good democrat isa dead democrat . >> when he said this, president trump actually retweeted griffin and thanked him for that sentiment. when donald trump retweeted this, he was no stranger to griffin. in fact, in march 2019 over a year earlier, griffinand trump had spoken on the phone for nearly 30 minutes . president trump's conduct without a doubt made it clear that he supported griffin. in fact, griffin even said so himself. as griffin later said about resident trumps retreating
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his inflammatory comment about the dead democrats quote, it really means a lot to me because i know the president of the united states as my back. remember, this is a man who was here on january 6. who was arrested after threatening to come back here to make blood come running out of this building. threats like griffons have triggered a deployment of forces likes of which we have never seen. there were approximately 25,000 national guard troops brought in from around the country to protect dc leading up to and on inauguration day. as you know, many of those troops are still here. take a look at that area these were scenes that played out all over the country.
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five days following the siege on the capital on january 11 21, the fbi warned that quote, armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitals from 16th january through at least 20 january and at the us capitol from 17 january through 20 january . as a result, at least 21 statesactivated their national guard in preparation for potential attacks . president trump's incitement has reverberated around the country, prompting massive law enforcement mobilization in several state capitals including washington, illinois, michigan and georgia. look at these photos. this is what donald trump has done to america. this massive deployment of law enforcement has cost the taxpayers dearly. the national guard deployment
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to dc alone is expected to cost at least $480 million. the bills are already also racking up in the state . north carolina, south carolina, pennsylvania, utah and wisconsin each spent about half $1 million to safeguard their capitalsin the run-up to the inauguration . ohio spent $1.2 million over the same 2 week period and remember,this is at the time when state budgets are already suffering under the weight of the pandemic . our braveservicemembers showed up thanks to their dedication and their vigilance , the inauguration and the days leading up to it mercifully proceeded without incident. in fact, after news broke of law enforcement's preparedness for further attack, leaders of the proud
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boys, the three presenters militia, the organizers of the million maga march told their followers to avoid protests leading up to the inauguration for fear that law enforcement would crush them and arrest rioters who showed up . thank god there wasn't an insurrection sql here on january 20 . but look at the price we paid . the price that we are still paying. it's not just dollars and cents. this capital has become a fortress as state capital have all across the country. our constituents no longer have access to the elected representatives. every democrat and republican including people who came here on january 6 peacefully are paying the price. and it's not just a loss of access. it's a dimming of their freedom and it's a dimming of all of our freedom. we must uphold our oath as
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the tens of thousands oflaw enforcement officers have done in the wake of january 6 . because if we do not, president trump's mob stands ready for more attacks. this should be no surprise. having commander-in-chief who incites violence has given life to the existing violent groups he spent years cultivating and has inspired new coalitions of extremist groups who view january as a success. according to the fbi, president trump's assemblage of his mom was particularly dangerous because quote, in person engagement between dvds of different ideological goals during the capital bridge likely served to foster connection with may increase dbe's willingness, capability and motivation to attack and undermine a government they view as illegitimate.
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in other words, they all got to talking to each other. this bulletin by our own intelligence committee was also confirmed by concrete evidence. rioters celebrated their role in the january 6 attack on social media. they boasted about their success in breaching the capital and using members of congress and the vice president toevacuate . take for example right-wing provocateur fuentes. he said this on hisinternet show . >>. [inaudible] what else can we do, right? >> fuentes was at the capital january 6 and praised the insurrection a live stream as glorious and awe-inspiring.
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he later said quote, we forced a joint session of congress and the vice president to evacuate because trump supporters were banging down and successfully burst through the doors. fuentes was not the only provocateur to revel in the violence. according to mike dunn, a member of the little boys, and antigovernment movement whose adherents help to lead multiple groups in storming the capital, the boogaloo boys will be quote, working overtime to capitalize on the january 6 riots and hope it will lead to more action. they said quote, just know there's more to come. proud boys members were bragging about the attack on the capital. one post on the proud boys telegram channel people saw what we can do. they know what we're up to. they know and they want in. the leader of the proud boys himself send the same message and and regain tarrios said
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the proud boys would be active during biden's presidency. he said you're definitely going to see more of us. extremist groups are also boasting that the attack on our capital is a boon for their recruitment efforts . three percent security force clear crystal says he's been contacted by several people interested in joining the insurrection and as one expert who focuses on domestic extremism . explains all measurable effects, this was a far right extremist, one of the most successfulattacks that they never launched . they're talking about this as the first stab in a greater revolution.and as indicated by mister cole, their perceived successhas given them encouragement to continue and to escalate attacks . intelligence agencies have also noted that these extremist groups will unfortunately be targeting vulnerable minority communities in the us.
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a january 27, 2021 dhs bulletin warns quote, long-standing racial and ethnic tension of the sort that led to a man killing 23 people at an el paso walmart will continue to grow and motivatefurther attacks . the january 13 joint intelligence bulletin reports stated that in addition to the other types of violence listed, dde may be incited to carry out more violence. including violence against racial, and religious minorities and associated institutions, journalists, members of the lgbt q community and other groups common among some dvds. these elements could receive visibly and the crowdthat attacked the capital . picture here is robert
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packer. robert packer is an avowed white supremacist and holocaust denier who proudly wore that sweatshirt which states quote, camp auschwitz. theseprejudiced elements could also be heard from the crowd. as you've heard , the insurrectionist attacked the capital january 6 hurled racial slurs including at black police officers. one officer described the trauma he experienced when the rioters sees the capital. he said quote, i'm a black officer. there was a lot of racism that day. i was called racial slurs and in the moment i didn't process this as traumatic. i was just trying to survive. i just wanted to get home to see my daughter again. i couldn't showweakness. i finally reached a safe place surrounded by officers . i was able to cry, to let it out. to attemptto process it .
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these extremist groups were emboldened because president trump told them repeatedly that there insurrection activities were a pinnacle of patriotism. well, let today be the day that we reclaim the definition of patriotism. impeachment is not to punish but to prevent. we are not here to punish donald trump. we are here to prevent the seeds of hatred that he planted from bearing any more fruit. as my colleagues showed, this was not the first time president trump inspired violence . but it must be the last time that he's given a platform to do so. this must be our wake-up call. we must condemn it. because the threat is not over.
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president trump refused to condemn this type of violence. instead, over and over again , he's encouraged it. our response must be different this time. we simply cannot sweep this under the rug. you must take a united fan, all of us that this is not american. think back to august 2017 when a young woman was murdered during a white supremacist rally in charlottesville west virginia. her name was heather higher. yours mother's is susan brell. she's been an advocate for her daughter's memory and in a 2018 interview she expressed concern that people have rushed to quickly to reconciliation without accountability.
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>> if you rush to heal, if you rush to everybody grab each other and sing then we publishnothing and we will be back here in a few years . >> we will be right back here in a few years. those were her words in 2018. three years ago. her daughter's murder was held to account but our nation did not impose any meaningful accountability on a president at the time said that there were very fine people on both sides. and now where are we three years later? i would argue we are not just back where we were. i would argue things are worse. in 2017 it was unfathomable to most of us to think that charlottesville could happen just as it was unfathomable to most of us that thecapital could have been reached on january 6 .
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frankly, what unfathomable horrorsawait us if we do not stand up now and say no, this is not american . and we will not just express condolencesand denunciations . we will just close the book and try to on. we will to make sure this never happens again. >> representative ciccoline and lieu will show the damage done to congress and our democratic process . mister ciccoline.
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>> mister president, distinguished senators. you just heard from my colleague manager degette how the conduct of donald trump dramatically increased the threats to our security and emboldened violent domestic extremists. i'd like to now turn to the harm that was caused here inside these walls as a result of the conduct on january 6 . the harm to us, to congress, to those who serve our country and to the constitutional processes as the trump mom tried to stop the electioncertification process . the attack on january 6 was one of the bloodiest intrusions in the capital since the british invaded in the war of 1812 and burnedto the ground . and you heard in painstaking detail that the presidents
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mom posed an immediate and furiousthreat to the continuity and constitutional succession of the united states government . the first, second and third in line to the presidency, the vice president, speaker of the house, president pro tem altogether face a common threat in the same location. we've seen the first and second were purposefully targeted by these attackers. these work threats area model as you've heard chanted hang mike pence. the charging documents show therioters said they would have killed vice president pence and speaker pelosi had they found them . don, bancroft and diane santos smith, two of the writer starts were caught on tape discussing the brutal
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violence that they hope to inflict on speaker pelosi had she not been rushed out to safety . they said quote, we broken the capital, we gotinside, we did our part. we were looking for nancy to shoot her in the frigging rain but we didn't find her . ". senators, simply put thisbob was trying to overthrow our government . and became perilously close to reaching the first three people in line to the presidency. it wasn't just the vice president and the speaker, rioters were prepared to attack any member of congress they found ., edward caldwell , donovan ray kroll and jessica marie watkins, three militia members also charge for their role in the attack in a discussed trappings inside the underground tunnels . the indictment social media chatter with caldwell quote, all membersare in. seal them in . turn on gas.
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all legislators are down in the tunnel three floors down. do what we had to do when i was in the core and start tearing up floors and go from top to bottom . never did any of us imagine that we or our colleagues would face mortal peril by a mob riled up by the president of the united states. the leader of the free world. but we did. all because donald trump could not accept election defeat. trump chose himself above the people, of our institutions, of our democracy, above all of you. you know, we've heard trump a spouse for years now this america first policy . but his true north star isn't america's well-being. it's not country first like
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our dear departed colleague john mccain . his directive is trump first. no matter the cost, no matter the threat to ourdemocracy . but each and every one of us in this room must agree on one thing. he can never allow the kind of violent attack that occurred on january 6 to ever happenagain in this country . in the immediate aftermath, we heard really disturbing accounts from many members of congress about what they experienced that day . years of those reactions. following the attack representative dusty johnson stressed concerns that we had gotten to the point where so many of us had sewn the seeds of anger and division. >> we were barricaded and there was some fear to be sure but overwhelmingly the emotion that i experienced was one of anger. i just could not believe this was happening.
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i could not believe we had gotten to this point where so many of us had sewn these seeds of anger and of division and we had the best powder k and really, we were starting to see this powder can and itwas frankly i was furious . >> representative jason crow compared the events of this day to a time in afghanistan as an army ranger, something senator reid know something about. >> what i saw and the capital behind us is something i haven't felt since i was in afghanistan as an army ranger and to think that as a member of congress in the us capital on the house floor i was preparing to fight my way out of the people's house against a mob is just beyond troubling. >> representative pat fallon was humble by his experience on january 6 and describe the events as surreal as they unfolded here in the capital.
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>> that was something i never thought i never thought i'd see this in our nations capital and particularly in the housechamber . it was surrealwhen it was unfolding . >> what was interesting was the bravery and the courage of some of my fellow members. when we got to a point where the mob was banging on the doors and all that kept them from reaching the chamber itself was the doors and then some furniture that we had moved and capital police and they needed the augmented. so tony gonzalez, a new freshman representative from jet texas and mark wayne mullen didn't. and we broke off furniture read some of the hand sanitizer stations on the big giant poles, the wooden bowls and returned them upside down and we were ready to have the street fight in thehouse chamber, was unbelievable .
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>> any members wondered if they would ever see their families again as the rioters reached thecapital and they were outnumbered and trapped inside. they were calling loved ones to say goodbye . representative dan kelly was one of them. listen to how he described the impact ofthe right . >> i was laying on the floor trying to protect myself behind this little fall and we all took our pins off because we were certain that this model were to come in, it would easily be identified as members of congress. and i call my wife. and you know, it wasn't until i went later that i thought this was one of those calls. that you hear about. >> while most coverage is focused on the extreme danger posed to members and the
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capital police who were targeted in this attack there were a lot of other people in the capital working on january 6 as well. from personal aides to employees, cleaning staff, food service workers can't forget all the people that were in harm's way that day . these employees experienced trauma , some coward hiding in places just a few feet away from this rabid crowd that had assembled. many were just kids, twentysomething who came here to work because they believed in their country they believed in working to make it better. others were dedicated food and service workers, all working incredibly hardto make sure we can come here and do our job . these workers are the lifeblood of the legislative branch. they deserve better. you've already heard from speaker pelosi's staff, the staff that was hiding under
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the conference table, cowering in the dark ensure the attackers couldn't hear them but i'd like to share with you what other staffers went through. listen as to staffers recall what they experienced that day. >> then we were seeing on twitter our phones and then hearing from some of the police officers on the floor that the building had been reached . building breached, those were two words i had never heard that was particularly stressful, being in a room close to where things are happening and not really knowing what was happening. and seeing them come in life and getting texts from people . are you okay? truthfully, i didn't know what was happening. i heard shots fired, shots fired, shown your hands, show me your hands. and i did not know if they
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were right outside. if they were lots of people with weapons, if there were one shooter. if they had, you know, i didn't know what it looked like. i just knew there were shots fired outside the house chamber. >> according to reports, one republican senate staff whose office was not far from the floor to a steel rod and barricaded his door as the rioters banged on his door trying to break in. the new york times also reported a senior black staff was on lockdown for six hours during the insurrection, was so disturbed about these events that she quit her job. another staffer was on the floor of the house that day described what happened on january 6 still echoes in his mind. listen to him describe the moment just before this and double image.
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>> i heard last break and i could see the windowpanes on the house main door start to pop and i figured that obviously i knew they were at the door and they figured out a way to break the glass . and the last thing i remember before i walked off the floor was several of the police officers had drawn their guns and had their guns trained on the door. didn't think there was anything else i could do and i didn't want to be there for whatever was about to occur so i got to the top of the stairs the stairway was packed and write about that point i don't know whether it was a police officer or someone else said they are right behind us, run. >> for me the thing i keep thinking about and there isn't a day that has gone by that at some point in the day i haven't gone back and picked up some little thing but the sound of those windowpanes popping.
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i won't forget that sound. >> i won't forget that sound. how long will the sound of windowpanes breaking half the staffer and he isn't alone. there are countless people living with the trauma of what happened that day. this includes by the way another group of people with us in the capital on that day and that's the press. they were in danger particularly after years of being derided by president trump as the news. kristen wilson a reporter for cnn tweeted about her experience. she said i have 14 people on my team. we were scattered everywhere . two of them were on crutches and couldn't have run if they had to read they had to anyway. one was trapped in the house chamber and had to crawl out of the four of us barricaded ourselves in a room off the senate chamber. every bang on the door ofthem
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trying to come through i can still hear in my head . the janitorial and custodial staff at the capital were people who day after day tend to our home away from home were also traumatized . but we don't talk about them and the harm they suffered often enough. one janitorialworker recounted i was so scared he had to hide in the club during the attack . he said i was all by myself . i didn't know what was going on . another employee, a mother of three said the insurrection shattered all my sense of security . and an employee of the capitals", i hope nothing else happens to these people were talking about killing us , killing federal employees, killing police. another employee was afraid to work on inauguration day said i honestly fear for my life. i've got two children at home.". for many of the black and brown staff the trauma was made worse many painful symbols of hate that were on
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full display that day. insurrection is with confederate flags and hurled the most disgusting racial slurs that dedicated capital workers. then after all that, these same workers , many of them people of color were forced to clean up the mess left by models of white nationalists. one member of the janitorial staff reflected how terrible he felt when he had to clean up feces that had been smeared on the wall, blood of a writer who had died, broken glass strewn all over the floor. he said i felt bad. i felt degraded. let's also not forget that this violent attackhappened in the middle of a global pandemic . social distancing was impossible, we were hiding for our lives in cramped quarters for long period
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time. other members who did had tested positive for covid-19. the 38 capitol police officers have testedpositive or been exposed . and nearly 200 national guard troops who were deployed to our nations capital to provide all of us protection havetested positive . the capital police and national guard came here to keep us safe, to serve and put their lives in danger. they deserved betterthan this . we all did. that brings me to the next time. all of us in the room made it out alive. not everyone was so lucky. three law enforcement officers tragically lost their lives as a result of the riot on january 6. these officers kept capital police officer brian lieu and
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jeffrey smith all honorably served to protect and defend. my colleague esther swallwell told you about officer sicknick who dedicated his life to publicservice . on january 6 he fought a mob of writers at a streamed to the capital and ultimately lost his life protecting us . officer leaving good was a 15 year veteran and his father served as sergeant-at-arms in the senate. officer leaving good followed his example of public service officer smith served for 12 years with the police department and heeded the call of duty on january 6 by coming to stand in the capital police to help secure our democracy . earlier, my colleague meredith swallwell showed you terrible videos of the police beingphysically abused and injured . you remember what happened to officer hodges but they were scores of other officers
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whose names we don't know who were also brutalized that day you the injuries to the us capitol police metropolitan police include concussions, irritated loans, serious injuries caused by repeated blows from backs, poles and clubs capital police officers also sustained injuries that willbe with them for the rest of their lives . >> training. >> .. >> in total, at least 81 members of the capitol police and 65 members of the metropolitan
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police department were injured during the attack on january 6. former capitol police chief described insurrection as violent, unlike anything he had seen in his 30 year career in law enforcement. dc police chief spoke with an officer who had been beaten and injured with a stun gun said quote, i talked to officers who have done two tours in iraq who said this was scarier to them than their time in combat. of course, the physical violence is not the only thing that will have a lasting effect on our brave, sworn officers. trumps mob verbally denigrated their patriotism, question their loyalty and yelled racial slurs. they called them traders, un-american for protecting us and for example, in the next clip a rider wearing a hunting jacket accosts a police officer.
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>> are you an american? [inaudible] >> listen to how the trump mob talk to these officers. you heard that with your own ears. [background noises] [inaudible]
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>> effing traitor. so much for backing the blue. here's another example. >> you broke your fucking oath today. [background noises]
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>> they called law enforcement officers traitors. you have to wonder who are these writers sworn to? to whom they believe the police owe their loyalty -- to the people, to the constitution, to our democracy or to donald trump? even those who are not hourly injured, the mental toll has been significant. several capital police officers have reportedly threatened self-harm in the days following the riot and in one case an officer voluntarily turned in her gun because she was might happen and black police officers were also met with racist vitriol and you heard manager raskin reference that he'd experience a day saying tears started streaming down his face and i said what is this america
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and is this america and is this america what is your answer to that question? is this okay? if not what will we do about it. and these people matter and these people risk their lives for us and i as he respectfully to consider them the police officers and the staff of this building when you cast your vote and these people are in deep pain because they showed up here to serve and to serve the american people and to serve their government to serve all of us. i ask each of you when you cast your vote to remember them and honor them and act in service of them. i also want to mechanize that for individuals for insurrection were who also lost their lives during the attack in these
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people were led here by the words and actions of the individual who made them believe that they were appreciates. in the loss of human life is of course, the most consequential but that was not the only damage wrought that day. the trump mob also damaged this building and it defiled some of the most sacred places, statuary hall, the rotunda or some of america's greatest champions, presidents, supreme court justices, civil rights euros and other defenders are honored after their deaths. trumps violence mob had little respect for this place and this video shows the wreckage left in the senate parliamentarian's office by the insurrectionist.
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a bust of president zachary taylor was mere with what appeared to be blood and an mc picture frame robbed of its contents was found on the floor and videos of the insurrection captured one man's stealing a framed photo and another carrying a scroll from the law and ripping it and throwing those pieces on the floor. a sign paying tribute to john lewis was also shamefully destroyed and only a broken piece of the memorial was found on the ground next to a trashcan. the photo of mr. lewis was gone. the damage done to this building is a stain on all of us in on the dignity of our democracy. the attack we saw had a purpose,
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stop the certification. stop our democratic process. fortunately, they did not prevail. newspapers across america and generate 21, the day after the inauguration proclaimed democracy has prevailed. president biden said that in his inauguration speech in the headline was in so many places because the world's oldest constitutional democracy and the principles underlying it had been attacked and challenged. this was not just an attack on the capital building and the dedicated people inside but it was an attack on what we were elected to preserve, our democracy and this attack on our election was on the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next and it didn't even happen during the civil war. it did just happen because of
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the cold, calculated and conspiratorial acts of our former president donald j trump. we showed you that the insurrectionist were deliberate and that they came looking for vice president pence and speaker pelosi ready to kill. president trump incited a lawless mob to attack our process and was attacking our democracy and was trying to become king and rule over us against the will of the people and the valid results of the election and for the first time ever in our history a sitting president actively instigated his supporters to violently disrupt the process that provides for the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next. think about that for a moment. what if president trump had been successful? what if he had succeeded in overturning the will of the people and our constitutional
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processes? who among us is willing to risk that outcome by letting trumps constitutional crimes go unanswered? the founders included impeachment on our constitution not as a punishment but to prevent and we have to prevent every president today, tomorrow or anytime in the future from believing that this conduct is acceptable. today we have to stand up for our democracies and ensure we remain a country governed by the people, for the people by telling donald trump that people all across this country and all across the world that his crimes will not and cannot stand.
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>> the senate will stand in recess. >> its unanimous consent the senate stand in recess for 15 minutes. >> without objection. without objection the senate will stand in recess. >> impeachment trial of former president donald trump takes a break, 15 minutes recess we heard from the speaker pro tem heading up the impeachment trial. we go back a little bit about 3:00 o'clock p.m. eastern and the house democratic managers have spent the last two hours continuing their case on this,
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the last day of their presentation unsure as of now is whether they will complete all of their eight hours as they have been allotted today and they used eight hours yesterday and they are allowed up to 16 as are the president's attorney as well so over the schedule for you in a bit but we will keep an eye on just outside the senate chamber the ohio clock corridor or possibly commons from passing senators and others. just a couple of tweets on where things stand. this is the layout of the day for the house impeachment managers in the punch bowl news tweeted earlier that the lineup included this, they plan to focus on the following president trump's role, former presidents roll on the day of the attacks harmed both physical and otherwise caused lack of remorse they said by the president and eagle issues. some comments from senators, democrat from hawaii, i have one question for any of my republican colleagues unmoved by
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the videos and images of trumps mob ransacking the capital and attacking police officers, how can you live with yourselves and never call yourselves the party of law and order? again come from senator hawley a missouri same you will not get anything but condemnation for me for what happened for those criminals at the capital but that doesn't make this trial any more legitimate than it is, which is totally illegitimate. no bases in the constitution. val demings former chair for one of the managers last year and the impeachment trial last year said this, the fact that numerous republican officials called out trump and begged him to call off the mob saying quote, you are the only one who can should put arrest any foolishness about who was responsible. they knew he was responsible on january 6. bill haggerty, new senator from tennessee just tweeting this, the president is no longer the sitting president and the chief justice isn't presiding. we shouldn't be undertaking this effort at all and this is a
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purely political effort at this point. the first recess of the day here they have been added about two hours and ten minutes or so and again, democrats or democratic managers have not completed as of yet their presentation making their case before the senate and all 100 senators sitting as a juror's. here is what the schedule looks like as of now so that the managers will complete their arguments today in the defense is allotted 16 hours as well and as of now that looks like it will happen both tomorrow and saturday and then perhaps later this week in questions for witnesses and closing and a vote that could go into early next week. i want to point this out, an article from the hill just published a short while ago who says that some republicans form the hp bench trial could conclude as soon as saturday. the timeline which they stressed wasn't lockton would mean that
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the trial lasted five days significantly shorter than any other presidential impeachment trial. they write that trump's first trial currently holds the record for being the shortest at 21 days. saturday is looking better all the time and senator of missouri i would also think for a final vote john cornyn of texas told reporters that senators are hoping that quote, the thing good wins by saturday. it seems like time is compressing, he said and republican of virginia appeared skeptical of the lightning quick timeline but acknowledge that she had gotten guidance that the trial could wrap on saturday. i want to remind you that as you watch, keep in mind that you can also watch a number of ways in case you can't catch all of it here on c-span2 with our coverage is always available online at c-span .org / impeachment and on that point as well will find the briefs filed by both sides and as you go out
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and you want to take the impeachment hearings along it is being carried on our free c-span radio app. president trump, former president, is playing golf according to jay o'brien with channel 12 cbs in west palm beach tweeting this just a short while ago but former president donald trump currently at his golf club will help managers continue to deliver arguments in his second impeachment trial according to sources. the president, joe biden, at the white house earlier today, he has been reluctant to say much about the impeachment proceedings and here is what he had to say today however. >> i like other americans who watched the news and i did not watch any of the hearing life because i was going straight to last night until after nine but i watched some this morning and i think the senate has a very important job to complete and i think that my guess is some minds may have been changed but i don't know.
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>> president biden at the white house earlier today and the impeachment trial of the former president donald trump continued shortly and looks like we've got a senator speaking to reporters so let's listen in. [inaudible questions]
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[background noises] >> the noisy halls is even more noisier with the more reporters just outside the senate. they are in their break now. the first of their last day of the house impeachment managers presenting their case against the former president and the president or former president attorneys will get their turn
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tomorrow and saturday and this is politico in their headline trump's defense team prepares for redo and they write that donald trump's defense team is waiting for another chance after their first presentation flopped making public assurances that their arguments will be more organized but they have a ground to cover after republican senators described being quote, disgusted upon seeing new, horrific video footage on wednesday. debbie of the pbs news hour tweeted this just a short while ago. during the presentation trump attorney ava joan is doing hits during the trial was on fox just now blasting impeachment managers the entertainment package and said he will focus in part on the hypocrisy of their statements and again warned politicians will look bad if this continues. scott long who was at the capital during the attacks tweeted this, ted lieu and his argument winning out the key former trump officials, matus, john kelly, john bolton, mick mulvaney and mcmaster and alyssa
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farrell blame trump for fomenting violence at the capitol on january 6. and from diana degette before her presentation today tweeting this about jamie raskin's presentation, saying that, as representative raskin is said trump did not just yell fire in a crowded theater but sent a mob to burn down the theater as part of her presentation, she talked about her experience on the sixth of january. >> my friends and colleagues, yesterday was an emotionally wrenching day and as i watched the footage of the violence in the capital building my own experience flooded back to me. i was one of the unlucky members who was stuck in the house gallery along with tongass woman dean. as the house floor was cleared beneath us of members and staff we could see the mob pounding on the door to the house chamber
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and we could see the capitol police officers inside the chamber pulled their guns and point them at the intruders. then, we heard gunshots on the other side and we flung ourselves down on the floor and removed our member pins. then we heard pounding on the very flimsy gallery doors right up above us. finally, after that situation for some time we were told to run out of the door at the end of the gallery and as we ran through a line of police toward the staircase this is what i saw in the swat team pointing automatic weapons at marauders on the floor. looking at these people makes you wonder who sent them here. leading up to the attack insurrectionist said they were coming to dc for president trump. he invited them with clear instructions for a specific time and place and with clear orders.
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stop the fight or stop to fight the certification in congress by any means necessary. the crowd at donald trump's speech echoed and chanted his word and when people in the crowd followed his direction and marched to the capital they chanted the same words as they reached this building. now, let's return to the speech for a moment. during the rally president trump led the crowd in a stop the steal chant. here is what that sounded like from the crowds perspective. >> here's what you came up with and we will terminate. [cheering and applause] stop the steal!
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>> soon after, the president backed as the crowd chanted fight for trump. when he invited the crowd to show strength people responded. storm the capital, invade the capital, here are both of those moments but from the crowds perspective. [cheering and applause] fight for trump! >> thank you. [background noises] >> we also have another perspective from this moment that online extremist chatter. at the same time as a people in the crowd shouted take the capital building.
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as president trump shed show strength of person posted to parler same quote, time to fight. civil war is upon us. another user said quote, we are going to have a civil war, get ready. an analysis found that members of civil war could dribbled on parler in the hour after donald trump said show strength. when the insurrectionist's got to the capital they continued those rally cries. insurrectionist's holding confederate flags and brandishing weapons cheered the president's very words. [background noises]
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[cheering and applause] >> you heard them chanting stop the steal. as the crowds chanted at the rally the crowd at the capital made clear who they were doing it for. they also chanted fight for trump. fight for trump! >> it wasn't just that they were doing this for mr. trump but they were following his instructions. they said he had invited them and in fact, as we heard he had invited them. as one man explained on a live stream from inside the capital quote, our president wants us
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here. we wait and take orders from our president. footage from inside the capital shows that when the insurrectionist first got into the building and confronted police the mob screamed at the officers that they were listening to president trump. [background noises] >> the insurrectionist's argued with law enforcement that they should not even be fighting them because they believed that the commander in chief was ordering this. this was the person's understanding. when president-elect biden went on television that day to demand an end to the siege one woman asked this. >> does he not realize president trump called on upon his
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followers to siege the place? >> the examples of these type of comments are endless and i won't play all of them but it wasn't just the word of the insurrectionist's that prove that they did this in response to orders from their commander-in-chief. we can see this in the fact that they were not hiding. one writer in a live stream at the capital said, quote, he will be happy because were fighting for trump. >> live outside the senate chamber the comments from one of the house managers, one of the nine, diana degette of colorado from the earlier presentation which ran about two hours ten minutes or so and just a reminder that managers have a total of 16 hours and they will complete them today and the president's attorneys will get the former president's attorneys will get to 16 hours totals as well beginning tomorrow. in her comments their representative to get alluded to
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the white supremacists in the mob that were many and in that mob who are also carrying confederate flags and the historian and author tweets this to the u.s. capitol on january 6? is it possible that this demented terrorist knew about american history to know that a gallows was built near the capital in 1865 after the civil war for use against captured confederate leaders. we are about 25 minutes or so into the break here in the first break of the day in the impeachment trial of former president donald trump. but so you comments from the lead manager here, representative jamie raskin in terms of how the president then president incited the crowd according to congressman raskin. >> is this pro trump insurrection did not spring into out of three thin air but we saw how trump cultivated the most dangerous extremist groups for months and we saw how he riled
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them up with corrosive lies and violent rhetoric, so much so, they were ready and eager for their most dangerous mission and validating the will of the people to keep donald trump in office. we must remember that this was not the first time donald trump had inflamed and incited a mob. trump knew that his incitement would result in violence, not only because of the thousands of violent messages that were posted all over forums in the widespread news of preparation for violence among extremist groups and in his coming occasions on twitter with the insurrectionist themselves but he knew it also because he had seen many of the exact same groups he was mobilizing, participate in extremist, violence before. moreover, he had seen clearly how his own incitement to violence in praise after the violence took place galvanized,
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encouraged and electrified these extremist followers. these tactics were road tested. generally six was a culmination of the president's actions, not an aberration from them and the insurrection was the most violent and dangerous episode so far in donald tom's continuing pattern and practice of inciting violence. i emphasize so far. let's consider the event senators that took place last year in michigan where president trump demonstrated his willingness and ability to incite violence against government officials who he thought were getting in his way. when responding to extremist plots in michigan, trump showed he know how to use the power of the mob to advance his political objective and to beginning march trump leveled a tax on mission in governor for the coronavirus
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policies in her state. march 17, the day after governor whitmer pushed the federal government to better support the state and coban 19 trump criticized her handling of the pandemic tweeting -- failing michigan governments work harder to be more proactive and we are pushing her to get the job done and i stand with michigan. march 27 he added, i love michigan. one of the reasons we're doing such a great job for them during this horrible pandemic yet your governor, gretchen half witmer is way in over her head and does not have a clue and likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude has to maga. by april the rhetorical attacks and name-calling turned to calls for mass mobilization of his supporters and this was a sign of things to come. on april 172020 he tweeted quote, liberate michigan.
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not even two weeks later on april 30 his supporters marched on the michigan state capitol in lansing and they stormed the building. trump's marching orders were followed by aggressive action on the ground. >> we have a right, let us in. let us in! [background noises] you have betrayed the people. lock her up excavation mark the
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video shows the militant protesters showed up ready to take a violent stand and became armed and tightly packed themselves in the building with no regard of course for social distancing. this trump inspired mob may indeed look familiar to you. confederate battle flags, maga hats, weapons, camo army gear and just like the insurrectionist's who showed up in and invaded this chamber on january 6 the siege at the michigan stakeout was effectively a state leveled dress rehearsal for the siege of the u.s. capital that trump incited on january 6. it was a preview of the coming insurrection. president trump's response to these two events was strikingly similar. following the armed siege in lansing president trump refused to condemn the attacks on the michigan capital or denounce the violent lawbreakers but instead
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he did the opposite. he upheld the righteousness of his violent followers and put pressure on the victim of the attacks to listen to his supporters. the day after the mob attack in lansing trump told governor whitmer to negotiate with the extremists tweeting, that the governor should just quote, give a little to the violent men who had stormed the capital threatening, not only the stability of the michigan government, but her own life as you can see. he tweeted, the governor of michigan should give a little and put out the fire. these are very good people but they are angry and they want their lives back again safely. see them, talk to them, make a deal. the president says heavily armed extremists carrying confederate battle flags and pushing past police to overtake the michigan estate house chamber are very good people and to just
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negotiate with them. it is clear he doesn't think that they are at fault in any way at all. april 30 wasn't the only time trump supporters stormed the michigan capital. emboldened by his praise and his encouragement and support they escalated again in governor whitmer refused to capitulate to the president demand to negotiate with them in two weeks later on may 14 trump's mob again stormed the state capital. this time as you can see here one man brought a doll with a noose around the neck foreshadowing the appearance of the large gallows erected outside this beholding and downstairs from here january 6 as the crowd chanted and i can still hear the words ringing in my ear, hang mike pence. hang mike pence. over the coming months even after a crowd threatening governor whitmer stormed the capital he continued to assail
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her in public. on a rally on september 10 he whipped up the crowd saying she does not have a clue about reopening her own state's economy and the crowd cheered. then on october 8 the precise consequences of the presidents incitement to violence were revealed to the whole world. look at this. thirteen men were arrested by the fbi for plotting to storm the michigan state capitol building, launch a civil war, kidnapped governor whitmer, transport her to wisconsin and then try and execute her. this was and an assassination conspiracy, kidnapping conspiracy peer look of the liquids they used. in the charging document fbi reported that one of the conspirator said he needed quote, 200 men to storm the capital building and take political hostages including the governor. the suspect called it a snatch and grab, man. grab the effing governor paid one of those men has already
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pled guilty to this conspiracy and the plot was well organized just like the one that was coming on january 6. the men in michigan considered building molotov cocktails to disarm police vehicles to construct their own ied's which happened here on january 6. police authorities arrested extremists with weapons and materials to build explosives devices, including one man found with an assault rifle and other materials to make 11 molotov cocktails. on september 17, 2021 of the michigan conspiracies posted when the time comes there will be no need to strike fear through presence. the fear will be manifested through bullets. what did donald trump do as president of the united states to defend one of our nation's governors against a plotted
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kidnapping by violent insurrectionist's? did he publicly condemn the violent domestic extremists who hoped and planned to launch a civil war? no, not at all. he further inflame them by continuing to attack the governor who was the object of their hatred in this kidnapping conspiracy. the very night this conspiracy became public in that governor whitmer learned that there were 13 men who are planning to kidnap and likely kill her, trump did not condemn the violence and he did not criticize the extremists and did not even check on governor whitmer's safety but he chose to vilify governor whitmer again and then amazingly took credit for foiling the plot against her and demanding her gratitude and then he quickly of course, change the subject to anti- for an tweeted governor whitmer has
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done a terrible job and he demanded that she think him for the law-enforcement operation that had foiled the kidnapping conspiracy that had been encouraged by his rhetoric. on october 17 a little over one week after these people were arrested for preparing to kidnap gretchen witmer trump riled up the boisterous crowd in muskegon with more slashing personal attacks driving the crowd to chant, lock her up, lock her up. he had now seen that some of his followers were prepared to engage in criminal violence with orchestrated attacks deadly weapons and willing bodies to swarm a state capital building to attack his perceived political enemies. so as a crowd chanted lock her up he pivoted to his next goal and he told them they could not trust the governor to administer fair elections in ministry and he used a crowd that he knew
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would readily engage in violence to prepare his followers for his next and of course, his paramount political objective claiming the election was stolen and inciting insurrectionary actions. he did it again on october 27 during a pre-election rally speech in lansing, michigan with the capital had been stormed trump old openly joked to the crowd about critics saying his words had provoked the violence plot against governor whitmer. check it out. it is telling. >> we got to get her -- i don't think she likes me too much. >> lock her up! >> yeah, i don't comment on that because if i even make a little
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bit of a nod they say the president led them -- no, i don't have to lead you on. even a little nod, the president the urging of her husband who has abused the system very badly and the only man allowed in the state of michigan, the only man allowed to go sailing is her husband but no, your governor and i don't think she likes me too much. hey, hey, it was our people that helped her out with her problem. people are entitled to say maybe it was a problem but it was our problem, our people that helped her out. >> president trump offered them a little winking inside joke about her constant incitement of the mom and how much can be communicated with just a little nod and he presided over another
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pounding rhythmic rendition, lock her up, lock her up and then referring to the fbi foiling of the kidnapping conspiracy which was deadly serious he said that he helped her out with a problem and maybe it was a problem and maybe it wasn't and maybe it was problem and maybe it wasn't in the president of the united states of america he cannot bring himself to publicly oppose a kidnapping and potential assassination, conspiracy plot against a sitting governor of one of our 50 states. trump knew exactly what he was doing and inciting the january 6 mob. exactly. he had just seen how easily his words and actions inspired violence in michigan and he sent a clear message to his supporters and encouraged planning, conspiracies to take over capital buildings and
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threatened officials who refused to bow down to his political will. is there any chance donald trump was surprised by the result of his own incitement? let's do it tom payne told us to do, use our common sense. the sense we have in common. if we don't draw the line here, what is next? what makes you think the nightmare with donald trump and his lawmaking and violence mob is over? if we let him get away with it and then it comes to your state capital or comes back here again what will we say? and he does not say the one sentence that matters. >> he does not say the one sentence that would stop future political violence, the election was not stolen.
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he still has not said that sentence. that is why national guard troops in full body armor still patrol outside. reports on the white house also confirm that president trump believed he was quote, forced by the bipartisan view after insurrection to acknowledge the administration. we know he did not stand behind his blade termination because those around him confirmed it. behind closed doors sources confirm the president trump still receives to directly acknowledge the election loss to joe biden and refused to even attend the peaceful transition of power that the first president in modern history. president trump even reportedly, while watching the impeachment vote, quote, focuses his ire on republicans who voted for his impeachment peppering aids with
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questions about what he could do to exact revenge. president trump has made clear that if he is not held accountable he will not be accountable. he will not stop. >> one of two californians sorting among benign house managers in the impeachment trial of former president donald trump that is ted lieu the other californian is representative eric swalwell and the trial has been in a break for about 35 minutes now and we expect them to resume shortly expect that the democratic managers will continue as well. live coverage on c-span2. >> thank you, mr. president. mr. castro willow