Trump Plans Jan. 6 News Conference on Deadly Riot’s Anniversary
(Bloomberg) -- Former President Donald Trump plans to hold a news conference on Jan. 6, the anniversary of the deadly riot by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol, a move that will contrast with more somber memorials scheduled by lawmakers to mark the day.
In a statement released Tuesday, Trump said the news conference at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida would highlight his unfounded claim that the November 2020 presidential election was rigged and that the House panel looking into the attack is not addressing the real cause.
“Remember, the insurrection took place on November 3rd, it was the completely unarmed protest of the rigged election that took place on January 6th,” he said.
He also continued to rail against Republicans who do not support his debunked claims of widespread election fraud as “worse than a Radical Left Democrat.”
The House committee, comprised of seven Democrats and two Republicans, has been seeking testimony from Trump aides in recent weeks, including former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who initially cooperated but is now refusing to do so.
The Jan. 6 attack injured dozens of law enforcement officers and left five people dead. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she is planning to observe the attacks at the Capitol although the chamber will not be in session.
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