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Committee of investigation of the assault on the Capitol: "It was the culmination of a brazen coup attempt"

 The assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was the "culmination" of a coup attempt by then President Donald Trump (2017-2021), who was supported on the ground by the far-right group Proud Boys, showed this Thursday the committee investigating the event.

The first public hearing of the investigative commission was marked by videos and chilling testimonies that were broadcast live on all television networks in the country with the exception of the conservative Fox , during prime time, in an attempt to impact public opinion. American. 

"January 6 was the culmination of a coup attempt, a brazen attempt ," committee chairman Bennie Thompson , a Democrat from Mississippi, said at the start of the session , comparing that dark day of American democracy to the times of slavery and the Ku Klux Klan .

a conspiracy

Former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) was at the "center" of the "conspiracy" of the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Thompson said. He and the committee's vice chair, Republican Liz Cheney , described a conspiracy hatched in the greatest detail and with "seven steps" with the aim of keeping Trump in power despite losing the 2020 election to the current president, the Democrat Joe Biden .

In his presentation, Cheney hit the former president with particular force: "Former President Trump was the one who summoned the crowd , the one who gathered it and who ignited the call for this attack." 

The legislator, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney (2001-2009), is one of the two Republicans who make up the committee, mostly Democrats, and who was expelled from the leadership of her party last year for refuting Trump's lies about electoral fraud. 

Cheney took advantage of the occasion to send a message to his co-religionists, some of whom echo conspiracy theories that deny that the attack happened. "There will come a day," Cheney warned, "when Donald Trump will be history, but your dishonor will remain ," he said.

Excerpts from committee interviews with former Trump advisers who said they had told him or his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, that the allegations of voter fraud were untrue were shown on a screen above the lawmakers.

Excerpts from the committee's interviews with the former president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and one of Trump's daughters, Ivanka , who for the first time appeared publicly saying that she did not believe the electoral fraud hoax, were also projected on the huge screen . 

Relive the worst of the attack

Apart from the excerpts from the interviews, the committee showed a chilling video of about ten minutes in which it was possible to see some of the most violent acts of the mob that had stormed the Capitol to prevent Biden's victory from being certified, in what until then had been a mere parliamentary procedure. "This is hard to watch," Thompson warned before showing the video.

Sitting in the audience was African-American officer Harry Dunn, who was the target of racist attacks on the day of the assault, and Serena Liebengood, the widow of an officer known as "Howie" to her peers who killed herself days after the attack.

Tears fell from both of them while, on the screen, the images of the assault were seen and the screams of those who assaulted the Capitol were heard again within the walls of the room. 

"I slipped in people's blood"

The room also saw another video showing protesters attacking police officer Caroline Edwards , one of the first responders to the attack, who suffered a severe brain injury . Edwards, one of the witnesses who appeared today, described what happened as a "carnage" and a "war zone" in which she "slipped on people's blood".