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All in the 187 Minutes for Trump

July 22, 2022
Fox News, CNN, Axios, Business Insider
The context
The January 6th Hearing today focused on Trump's inaction during the 187 minutes in which rioters breached the Capitol and sent the vice president and congress fleeing and hiding for their lives.
All in the 187 Minutes for Trump

Former First Lady speaks

  • Before the hearing started, Fox News released an interview with Melania Trump.
  • During the interview, the former first lady says that if she had been informed of the violence during the riots, she would have immediately denounced the violence.
  • She said that she was working with photographers and historians to archive and photograph the historic contents of White House rooms. So, she was not informed of the riots occurring at the Capitol while fulfilling her duties as a first lady.
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Committee doubles down

  • The window of time in question during the hearing begins after Trump ended his incendiary speech at the Ellipse.
  • During his drive back to the White House, he spoke with House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy who begged him to call off the mob. Instead, Trump took the mob's side.
  • He also refused to tweet or put forth any sort of statement condemning the violence or urging it to stop.
  • The committee showed footage from the riot, including footage of congress and their staff sheltering in place or fleeing the chamber. They also showed footage of Senator Josh Hawley, who had riled up the crowd earlier with a salute outside the Capitol, running away from the rioters as they breached the building.
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Almost trapped

  • After rioters breached the Capitol, the Secret Service agents protecting Vice President Mike Pence feared that they could have been trapped in the Capitol and overwhelmed by rioters.
  • Some agents made last calls to their families because they feared being overrun by rioters.
  • Rioters came as close as ten feet away from the agents and the vice president.
  • The member of the Secret Service who testified kept his identity hidden, but he spoke about the chaos over the radio channel from Pence's detail team, adding that they had mere minutes to escape the Capitol building before they would be confronted by rioters who had been chanting "Hang Mike Pence."
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Sarah Matthews testifies

  • Former Trump aide Sarah Matthews testified that she and other White House aides urged Trump to end the violence, and instead, he sent out the tweet attacking Mike Pence.
  • According to Matthews, Trump was happy to watch the violence play out, actively resisting calls from team members and aides to stop the violence.
  • Matthews testified that Trump did not want to include any mention of staying peaceful until his daughter Ivanka Trump suggested he include it in a tweet.
  • Another revelation from the hearing is that Trump spent more than two hours watching the violence unfold on the news instead of acting to stop it.
  • Matthew Pottinger also testified that he was frustrated and shocked by Trump's lack of response. White House Lawyer Pat Cipollone hinted that Trump did not want the violence to stop or the rioters to leave the Capitol.
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