Donald Trump Was 'Mastermind' of January 6 Attack, Brian Sicknick's Partner Says

The partner of Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer who died following the January 6 riots, has accused Donald Trump of being the "mastermind of that horrible attack."

In an opinion piece for CNN, Sandra Garza also condemned the GOP lawmakers who have downplayed the storming of the Capitol, as well as the Senate Republicans who voted against a bill to set up an independent inquiry into January 6.

The Senate vote in May was 54-35, short of the 60 votes needed to proceed despite the backing of six Republicans.

Garza wrote: "Only a handful of Republican senators showed that they possessed the moral compass to do the right thing by voting yes, putting America first, and showing warmth and compassion for the officers (as well as their families) who protect them daily.

"For those lawmakers who voted no, I will continue to speak out to remind them and those Americans who support them, of the horrors of that day and the trauma that continues in the minds of those that suffered in the battle in the very seat of American democracy."

Garza also revealed that she and Sicknick had previously been Trump supporters—before accusing the former president of inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol building.

"Brian was a proud American and loved his country. He continued his service long after his time in the military by becoming a US Capitol Police Officer, serving the American people and members of Congress—and protecting democracy," she wrote.

"To know that some members of Congress—along with former President Donald Trump, who Brian and I once supported but who can only now be viewed as the mastermind of that horrible attack—are not acknowledging Brian's heroism that day is unforgivable and un-American."

Trump became the first president in history to be impeached twice after he was accused of inciting the riot that led to the deaths of five people, including Sicknick. He was acquitted by the Senate in both impeachment trials.

A violent pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on January 6 after weeks of him spreading false claims that he had lost a "rigged" election because of widespread voter fraud. Earlier that day, Trump gave a speech to a rally of his supporters, saying: "If you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore."

He also told the crowd: "I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard," and that the protests in the nation's capital were vital to "save our democracy."

Elsewhere, Garza described how her grief and heartbreak over her loss turned to "outright rage" as she watched Republican members of Congress "lie on TV" about the events of January 6.

Garza added that she and other police officers who were injured in the Capitol attack had been "re-traumatized" by GOP lawmakers downplaying the violence.

"Over and over they denied the monstrous acts committed by violent protesters," she said.

"By denying or downplaying the viciousness and trauma that occurred on January 6, members of Congress and the people who continue echoing their false narrative are engaging in a specific kind of psychological harm that is familiar to people who work in mental health."

Garza, a clinical social worker, pointed to a condition known as "secondary wounding," described by psychologist Aphrodite Matsakis as when people "minimize or discount the magnitude of the event, its meaning to the victim, [or] its impact" on the victim's life.

"Make no mistake: All of the officers and people who were physically harmed, terrified, psychologically destabilized or lost loved ones due to that day are literally being re-traumatized every time someone speaks untrue words to describe what happened on January 6."

Newsweek has contacted the office of former President Donald Trump for comment.

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Capitol Police officers and lawmakers prepare for the arrival of the urn at a memorial for Brian D. Sicknick at the U.S. Capitol on February 2. Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images