Politics Trump Was Prepared to Make GOP 'Suffer His Wrath' Ahead of Capitol Riot, Lawsuit Claims
Ted Cruz was filmed using his phone while a former police chief testified about violence at the Capitol
Ted Cruz appeared distracted by his mobile phone while the former chief of Capitol police spoke about violent scenes at the January 6 riot.The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs and Senates Rules committees on Tuesday heard evidence from current and former police officers into the events surrounding the deadly Washington riot on January 6, when a mob of pro-Trump supporters breached the Capitol building, resulting in at least five deaths.
In making his case that Presidentand those close to him incited the Capitol riot, Representative Eric Swalwell pointed to a comment a "Stop the Steal" organizer made that the former president was in "fighter mode" on January 6.
Swalwell, who served as a House impeachment manager, is suing Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Rudy Guiliani and Representative Mo Brooks for inciting the violence that broke out at the Capitol on January 6. He's the second congressman to file suit against the former president, and in the event that it goes forward, court proceedings could unveil evidence that didn't come out during Trump's trial in the.
Top officials testify they never saw FBI warning of possible Jan. 6 “war” against Congress
Security officials who resigned in the wake of the Capitol riot blamed intelligence failures — and each other Former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund appears before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs & Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, February 23, 2021, to examine the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
The lawsuit cites numerous reports surrounding the events of the Capitol riot, including an interview "Stop the Steal" organizer Ali Alexander did withNews Daily.
"The president's mood is he's in fighter mode and today will determine whichare going to suffer his wrath going forward," Alexander said on the January 6 edition of Breitbart News Daily.
Alexander went on to say that he received a call from Trump Jr.'s girlfriend,, the night before the rally and that "the family is not stopping." The organizer added that the Republican Party could accept that it's the party of Trump or "accept its fate as the dead party."
The lawsuit also cited a call that Trump reportedly had with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy during the riot. The president's faced heavy criticism, including from members of his own party, for not doing enough to stop the violence once it began and for ignoring pleas from members ofto tell the rioters to step down. In a call with McCarthy, Trump told him, "I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are."
'Blame Trump' defense in Capitol riot looks like a long shot
The “Trump-made-me-do-it” defense is already looking like a longshot. Facing damning evidence in the deadly Capitol siege last month — including social media posts flaunting their actions — rioters are arguing in court they were following then-President Donald Trump's instructions on Jan. 6.Facing damning evidence in the deadly Capitol siege last month — including social media posts flaunting their actions — rioters are arguing in court they were following then-President Donald Trump's instructions on Jan. 6.
McCarthy was among the more than 100 Republicans who objected to the Electoral College results in Pennsylvania and Arizona when the Senate reconvened hours after the mob was subdued. Despite Trump's calls for former Vice Presidentto step in and overturn the results, he opted to stay out of the debate and without enough congressional support for objecting to the results, Congress certified President 's victory.
Trump's referred to Republicans who wouldn't object to the results as "weak" and in the aftermath of his historic second impeachment, he promised to back primary challengers to Republicans when necessary. He's already made good on that promise in the campaign against Representative Anthony Gonzalez, who voted to impeach him.
Jason Miller, the former president's spokesperson, dismissed the notion that Trump bore responsibility for the Capitol riot, which claimed five lives. As he did with the first lawsuit filed against Trump, he called Swalwell's lawsuit a "witch hunt" and an attack on "our greatest president."
Military leaders are prepared to defend Pentagon response to Capitol riot at Senate hearing
The Pentagon is ready to defend itself if necessary at a Senate hearing Wednesday against accusations it delayed or hindered the deployment of the National Guard on January 6, a senior defense official said, as two competing narratives emerge about the response to US Capitol riot. © Samuel Corum/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17: National Guard soldier head to the east front of the U.S. Capitol from the Capitol Visitors Center on January 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. After last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol Building, the FBI has warned of additional threats in the nation's capital and in all 50 states.
NAACP chief on the lawsuit against Trump: "We have to cut the head off white supremacy" .
America faces a choice after Jan. 6, says NAACP's Derrick Jackson: "We cannot have democracy and white supremacy" Derrick Johnson | Capitol Riot Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images