In the private dining room at the White House, President Donald Trump watched TV while the Capitol was being attacked. Jonathan Karl, chief correspondent of ABC News in Washington, shared his thoughts on ABC’s “This Week”.
Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Leader, called Trump and asked him to tell the rioters that they should leave the Capitol. Karl reports on this in his new book “Betrayal. The Final Act. of the Trump Show.”
McCarthy is reported to have said to Trump, “I just got evacuated form the Capitol!” The floor of the house was the scene of shots fired. You must stop this.”
Sources familiar with the conversation between McCarthy and Trump claim that Trump reacted by saying “They’re just as upset as you because they believe the same thing more than you Kevin,” referring the lies that the election had been stolen. .
Karl sources say that the ex-president loved what he saw, bristled about the crowd, and argued his way with aides who wanted him tell his supporters to stop rioting.
Trump recorded a video statement two hours after the riots began. Trump sent a tweet asking his supporters to return home. He also thanked them. “We love you. Trump stated in the video, “You are special.”
An assistant at the recording stated that Trump had to record it several times before they felt he understood the message correctly.
Karl stated that he did not tell his supporters to leave Capitol in previous versions.
A Senate report last week revealed alarming new details regarding Trump’s attempt to use the Justice Department in order to reverse the election. Trump was furious when Attorney General Bill Barr refused his invitation and said that there had not been widespread fraud in the early months of December.
Reports claimed that Barr quit office in December. Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen was then pressured by Trump to steal the election. Rosen also declined.
Rosen informed senators that he had told Trump that the Justice Department could not and wouldn’t flip a switch to change the election.
In response, Trump asked that the DOJ “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the… [Republican] congressmen.”
Trump reached out to Jeffrey Clark in December. Clark is a lawyer without any electoral experience but he promised to declare that voter fraud was widespread and put pressure on the disputed states to overturn President Biden’s win.
Clark added another conspiracy theory to the mix of falsehoods. Two sources familiar with Clark’s actions stated that Trump believed that Nest Labs, a company which makes wireless thermostats in China, was used to control voting machines in Georgia. The idea was crazy, but it intrigued Trump, who asked Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to look into it.”
In a dramatic, three-hour Oval Office meeting held on Jan. 3, Trump stated that he wanted Clark to be his attorney general. Karl agreed.