Trump Says Jan. 6 Protesters 'Well Behaved' Before Fourth Committee Hearing

Donald Trump has described the crowd who attended his January 6, 2021 rally prior to the Capitol attack as "well behaved" ahead of another House Committee hearing regarding the insurrection.

Speaking on Newsmax's The Balance on Monday, the former president spoke out against the panel, which is set to begin its fourth day of presentations on Tuesday, while still pushing the false claim he won the 2020 election.

When host Eric Bolling asked Trump if he was worried that the Department of Justice will launch a criminal investigation into his actions around the January 6 attack, the former president replied that he had done "nothing wrong other than complaining about the election, and I've been complaining about it from day one."

Trump then criticized the January 6 panel for not investigating his long dismissed claim of widespread voter fraud in the last election, which there still has not been any evidence of more than 18 months later.

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Donald Trump is seen on a screen as his supporters cheer during a rally on the National Mall on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Getty Images/Samuel Corum

Trump said the election fraud claims were why thousands of people attended the "Stop the Steal" protests in Washington, D.C. on January 6, during which the former president is accused of inciting his supporters to attack the Capitol to try and stop the certification of the election results.

"It was the largest group I think that I've ever seen, or made a speech to. I've never seen anything like it, and they were well behaved," Trump said.

"So many people, nobody ever talks about that."

Hundreds of those who watched Trump's "fight like hell" speech at the Ellipse on January 6 went on to storm the Capitol.

Trump has frequently boasted about the size of the crowd at the January 6 protest and other public events he spoke at, often while exaggerating how many people were actually in attendance.

Recently, Trump made the dubious suggestion that there were more people watching him give a speech at the Mall in Washington, D.C., on July 4, 2020, than there were when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream speech" in 1963.

Elsewhere during his appearance on Newsmax, Trump noted how the Texas GOP recently passed a resolution saying President Joe Biden's 2020 election victory was illegitimate.

Trump also once again blamed Nancy Pelosi for not making use of the National Guard at the Capitol on January 6, despite there being no evidence that the House Speaker was made aware of any request for National Guard assistance, and the fact implementing the building's security is not her responsibility.

The January 6 panel is due to begin its fourth day of hearings on Tuesday, June 21, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

The panel is set to outline how Trump and his legal team asked or pressured officials to overturn the election results prior to the riot at the Capitol.

The witnesses who are due to deliver live testimony on Tuesday are Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his deputy Gabriel Sterling, and Republican state Rep. Rusty Bowers, the Arizona House speaker.