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Trump Insiders Recall How He Spurned Pleas to Act as Riot Raged

July 22, 2022, 3:44 AM

Former President Donald Trump ignored pleas to call off the mob storming the US Capitol and remained publicly silent as he watched the violence unfold on television from his personal dining room off the Oval Office, according to evidence and testimony to the committee investigating last year’s insurrection.

The committee’s prime-time hearing Thursday simultaneously cast Trump’s inaction during the riot as a deliberate, desperate final ploy in his struggle to hold onto the presidency and the ultimate dereliction of duty for a commander in chief sworn to uphold the law.

A video of former President Donald Trump recording a statement on Jan. 7, 2021, played on a screen during a hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack in Washington, on July 21.
Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

“President Trump did not fail to act,” Republican Representative ...