Six New Jan. 6 Hearing Revelations on Donald Trump, Capitol Riot

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack presented its eighth day of evidence on Thursday, detailing Donald Trump's lack of action for more than three hours as the riot raged.

The key takeaways from the proceedings included testimony that the then president was aware his supporters were storming the Capitol around 15 minutes after he finished his "Fight like hell" speech at the Ellipse in Washington, D.C.

Despite this, Trump spent most of the 187 minutes after the speech watching the violence unfold on TV in the White House dining room, refusing to listen to his advisers as they urged him to tell his supporters to stop.

The panel heard live testimony from Matt Pottinger, Trump's former deputy national security adviser, and Sarah Matthews, who was then deputy press secretary. The panel also played recorded testimony from key witnesses including Pat Cipollone, Trump's top White House lawyer.

Below, Newsweek outlines six revelations about the former president and his allies that emerged on Thursday.

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January 6th attack on the US Capitol hearing. In this combination image, Donald Trump speaks to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021, Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri fleeing from rioters, Mark Meadows speaks to reporters and Former National Security Council member Matthew Pottinger (L) and former Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Matthews arrive following a break in a hearing by the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the US Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC, on July 21, 2022 Getty

Trump Made No Calls to Law Enforcement

One of the most damning revelations in the hearing was testimony from several witnesses that as Trump was watching the violence unfold on live television, he failed to make any calls to any government agency or law enforcement department for assistance in ending the riot.

Cipollone, who was with Trump in the White House, testified that the former president made no attempt to call the homeland security secretary, defense secretary, attorney general or the National Guard—all of whom could have helped stop the attack.

In recorded testimony, Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, criticized the former president for his inaction.

"You're the commander-in-chief, you've got an assault going on in the Capitol of the United States of America, and there's nothing? No call? Nothing? Zero?" Milley said.

Discussing Trump's lack of "immediate action in a time of crisis" on January 6, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who led Thursday's proceedings with Rep. Elaine Luria, said: "The mob was accomplishing President Trump's purpose, so of course he didn't intervene.

Mark Meadows Said: 'Get Ivanka Down Here'

Cipollone testified that White House officials were trying to convince Trump to condemn the violence or call off his supporters, rather than simply watching the riot unfold.

The lawyer said Mark Meadows, Trump's chief of staff, suggested asking the president's elder daughter Ivanka Trump to persuade her father to act.

"I remember him getting Ivanka involved, said, 'Get Ivanka down here.' He felt that would be important," Cipollone said.

The panel revealed how Ivanka Trump had tried to get her father to call for an end to the violence. Last month, she testified to the committee that she had "accepted" there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election.

Mike Pence's Secret Service Agents Feared For Their Lives

One of Thursday's witnesses, whose recorded testimony was played anonymously, described how members of Vice President Mike Pence's Secret Service detail began to fear for their lives during the attack.

The witness, a White House security official who had access to agents' radio communications that day, said Pence's security detail were saying goodbye to family members on their radios as the violence unfolded.

"The members of the VP detail at this time were starting to fear for their own lives. There was a lot of yelling, a lot of very personal calls over the radio, so it was disturbing," the official said.

"I don't like talking about it, but there were calls to say goodbye to family members, so on and so forth."

Pence had to be escorted from the Senate floor on January 6 at around 2:14 p.m. During the rioting, the mob could be heard chanting "Hang Mike Pence" in the building's corridors.

Matt Pottinger Quit After Trump Sent Pence Tweet

During his live testimony, Pottinger described how he decided to resign as deputy national security adviser when Trump posted a tweet about Pence just 10 minutes after the vice president was taken to safety.

As the riot was taking place, Trump continued to falsely suggest to his supporters that Pence could have stopped the 2020 election results being certified—even though the vice president's role as presiding officer of the Senate is ceremonial.

At 2:24 p.m. Trump tweeted that Pence "didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our constitution" and rejected the "fraudulent or inaccurate" Electoral College votes.

Pottinger told the panel that he was "disturbed and worried" to see Trump attacking Pence for carrying out his constitutional duty, which he said was "the opposite of what we needed at that moment."

"That was the moment I decided I was going to resign," Pottinger said.

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Former deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger testifies before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on July 21, 2022 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Trump Refused To Say 'Election Was Over' on Jan. 7

At Thursday's hearing, a previously unseen video was played showing Trump recording a message that was released the day after the attack—and objecting to some of the pre-written remarks.

During the outtakes clip, Trump stops reading and states that he does not want to say "the election is now over," despite it being two months since Joe Biden was rightfully declared the winner.

Trump said: "But this election is now over. Congress has certified the results… I don't want to say the election is over. I just want to say Congress has certified the results without saying the election is over, OK?"

Josh Hawley Running From Rioters

Another previously unseen clip was of Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri fleeing from the mob after they had breached the Capitol.

The clip, which was repeated in slow motion, was played after the panel showed the infamous photo of the Republican senator raising his fist in solidarity with the protesters who were gathering outside the building earlier on January 6.

The footage prompted laughter from those watching the hearings at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. as well as ridicule on social media.

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An image of Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) raising his fist to protesters outside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, is displayed on a screen during a hearing of the House select committee investigating the events of that day, on July 21. Oliver Contreras / AFP/Getty Images