The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has obtained photographic evidence from inside the White House the day of the attack.
According To Politico, “Congressional investigators have obtained a batch of official White House photographs, including images taken on Jan. 6, 2021, according to two sources familiar with the evidence.”
The outlet reported that some of the photos were taken by official White House photographer Shealah Craighead and that “Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson confirmed that the panel had obtained some of Craighead’s photos, though he declined to describe their content.”
“The panel has been amassing evidence of Trump’s movements and actions that day, attempting to reconstruct a minute-by-minute account of what the former president was doing while rioters smashed through police lines and disrupted the counting of electoral votes — the last step in finalizing Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory before his inauguration,” the reports states.
“In addition to material from the Archives, committee investigators have interviewed nearly all attendees of Trump’s 11:10 a.m. Oval Office meeting including Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle.”
Citing sources with knowledge of the investigation, Pi=olitico revealed that Trump spoke to then-Vice President Mike Pence at 11:20 a.m.
Soon after Trump took to Twitter to vent his frustration:
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution,” he tweeted at 2.24 p.m.
“The select committee increasingly views that tweet as a catalyst of the day’s worst violence,” Politico wrote. “Multiple defendants charged with breaching the Capitol pointed to that tweet as a driver of the mob’s fury. Video footage captured by news media and taken by rioters themselves shows the crowd reacting to the tweet, which posted 10 minutes after the first wave of people entered the Capitol through a window shattered by a rioter wielding a stolen police shield.”
Read it at Politico.