President Donald Trump resisted pleas from senior aides to call off the mob attacking the Capitol in his name on Jan. 6, 2021, even as members of the security detail for Vice President Pence feared for their lives, the House select committee investigating the insurrection showed in its prime-time hearing Thursday.
“The mob was accomplishing President Trump’s purpose, so of course he didn’t intervene,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said. “President Trump did not fail to act... He chose not to act.”
Kinzinger and Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) — two military veterans — led the hearing and the questioning of two in-person witnesses: Sarah Matthews, Trump’s deputy White House press secretary, and Matthew Pottinger, a former National Security Council official. Both gave an inside look at Trump’s refusals to call off the mob, despite reported pleas to do so from numerous advisers, including his own daughter.