Shocking new revelations have emerged painting former US president Donald Trump in an even worse light for his actions the day he allegedly incited the deadly riot on Capitol Hill.
Alabama's Tommy Tuberville told reporters he shared a phone call with the former president just after 2pm on the day of the riot in which he told Trump vice president Mike Pence had just been evacuated from the chamber.
“I said, 'Mr President, they just took the vice president out, I've got to go,” Mr Tuberville told Politico.
The time stamp revealed by Mr Tuberville suggested Trump was aware Mr Pence was in danger before he sent a tweet attacking him at 2.24pm.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!,” Trump’s tweet read.
By 2.30pm the whole senate had been cleared as hundreds of angry Trump supporters wreaked havoc.
‘Trump knew what he was doing’, Senate told
On the trial's third day, House of Representatives lawmakers serving as prosecutors have provided several examples of Trump's actions before the rampage that could suggest he knew exactly what he was doing.
This included when he told supporters to go to the Capitol and “fight like hell” as Congress convened to formally certify President Joe Biden's November 3 election victory over him.
“January 6 was not some unexpected radical break from his normal law-abiding and peaceful disposition ... This was his essential MO,” lead Democratic impeachment manager Jamie Raskin said.
“He knew that egged on by his tweets, his lies and his promise of a 'wild' time in Washington to guarantee his grip on power, his most extreme followers would show up bright and early, ready to attack, ready to engage in violence, ready to 'fight like hell' for their hero.”
Democratic congresswoman Diana DeGette told the Senate that when they were criminally charged, multiple rioters said they believed they were following Trump's orders on January 6.
"The president told them to be there, so they actually believed they would face no punishment," DeGette said, showing a video of one rioter telling another as they entered a congressional office: "He'll be happy - what do you mean, we're fighting for Trump."
The Democratic-led House on January 13 charged the Republican former president with inciting an insurrection. Trump's term ended on January 20.
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