Donald Trump Goes on the Offensive Ahead of Capitol Riot Hearing

Bracing for the January 6 House committee's public hearing on Thursday, former President Donald Trump attacked the panel's probe in a series of statements on his Truth Social account, arguing the real investigation should have been on the "rigged and stolen" election and not on the riot at the Capitol.

"The Unselect Committee didn't spend one minute studying the reason that people went to Washington, D.C., in massive numbers, far greater than the Fake News Media is willing to report, or that the Unselects are willing to even mention, because January 6th was simply not a protest," Trump wrote on Thursday morning. "It represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again."

"It was about an Election that was Rigged and Stolen, and a country that was about to go to HELL...& look at our Country now!" the former president said.

The House select committee is set to begin laying out findings from its nearly yearlong investigation on Thursday night, and lawmakers are expected to make the argument that political officials—including Trump—incited the mob that breached the Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

The mob that stormed the Capitol that day was attempting to block Congress' certification of the Electoral College votes affirming President Joe Biden's White House victory.

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On Thursday, former President Donald Trump said the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol "represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again." Above, Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center on May 14 in Austin, Texas. Brandon Bell/Getty

On Thursday, Trump claimed that he was willing to deploy the nation's strongest law enforcement resources that day but that the offer of additional troops was declined by Democrat leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

"The Unselect Committee has now learned that I, as President, suggested & offered up to 20,000 National Guard, or troops, be deployed in D.C. because it was felt that the crowd was going to be very large," Trump said on Truth Social.

"Crazy Nancy Pelosi turned down the offer, she didn't like the way it looked. Likewise, the Mayor of D.C. Had they taken up the offer, there would have been no January 6th," he said.

It has been widely debunked that Trump requested National Guard members to secure the Capitol, with Pentagon spokesman John Kirby saying that the Defense Department had "no record of such an order being given," The Washington Post reported.

While protesters breached the building shortly after 2 p.m. that day, it wasn't until 4:17 p.m. that Trump tweeted a video addressing his supporters inside the Capitol, telling them: "We love you. You're very special. You've seen what happens. You've seen the way others are treated... I know how you feel, but go home, and go home in peace."

Ahead of Thursday's hearing, the former president also undermined the investigation by linking it to the Robert Mueller probe—which did not find collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia—and suggesting that Democrats were using the January 6 investigation to distract Americans from other key issues the nation is facing.

"The Unselect Committee of political Thugs, essentially the same group who brought you the now fully debunked and discredited RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA HOAX (and many others!), refused to study and report on the massive amounts of irrefutable evidence, much of it recently produced, that shows the 2020 Presidential Election was Rigged and Stolen," Trump wrote.

Multiple recounts and Trump's failed lawsuits seeking to challenge the results of the 2020 election have all reaffirmed Biden's win.

"They want NOTHING to do with that topic because they cannot win on the facts. CANCEL & DENY, call it 'THE BIG LIE,' is all they can do. Corrupt Politicians!" Trump said.

"The Unselects have ruled Pelosi 'off limits, no questions.' The hearing is another political HOAX to counter inflation etc.," he wrote in another post.