Former President Donald Trump has called for the committee investigating the January 6, 2021, unrest at the Capitol to be “tried for fraud and treason.”
Trump made the statement on his Truth Social platform, claiming that the committee had portrayed the riot as a “violent insurrection” while omitting crucial video footage that told a different story.
“The Unselect Committee of political hacks and thugs has been totally discredited,” Trump said. “They knowingly refused to show the videos that mattered.”
Recently-released security footage shared by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy with Fox News host Tucker Carlson showed Capitol Police escorting some Trump supporters through the Capitol building.
Carlson’s coverage also claimed that a man named Ray Epps, whom some Trump supporters allege was a federal agent tasked with inciting violence against police officers, had lied about leaving the Capitol before violence broke out.
Meanwhile, the committee’s final report has called the Jan 6 events a “violent insurrection” aimed at “overthrowing our democracy” and recommended in December that Trump be charged with inciting an insurrection attempt, obstructing Congress, and conspiring to defraud the United States.
In response to the footage shown by Carlson, Trump claimed that it “sheds an entirely different light on what actually happened” on January 6, 2021.
Carlson echoed the sentiment, stating that while there were some “hooligans” in the crowd that day, the majority of so-called “insurrectionists” were “sightseers.”