Rep. Jamie Raskin teased Donald Trump for failing to take responsibility for January 6 and said there is “no evidence” that Antifa was behind it.
The Maryland Democrat, 60, said the January 6 riot was not an “Agatha Christie novel,” and instead there was no mystery as to who caused the Capitol riots.
“This is not an Agatha Christie novel. We know exactly who did it,” the politician said on MSNBC’s 11th Hour. “And if anyone has a theory as to why Antifa really did this, then bring the evidence forward, but our bipartisan committee has found no evidence of Antifa involvement.”
The committee also said it believes the former president could be charged with three felonies, including insurrection, but Trump has denied any responsibility for the riot that has begun to upend election results.
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Congressman Jamie Raskin, 60, a Democrat from Maryland, (pictured) compared Donald Trump’s January 6 denial of responsibility to an Agatha Christie crime novel, saying, ‘We know exactly whodunit’
Trump, 76, said if DC Mayor and Nancy Pelosi had “listened to” him, Americans “wouldn’t have heard of January 6”
“If they had listened to me, none of this would have happened and you wouldn’t have heard of January 6,” Trump. 76. ranted in a five-minute video he posted on his platform Truth Social, where he called the 845-page report a “monstrous lie.”
Raskin had other thoughts, telling MSNBC, “I think there has to be a serious calculus of individual responsibility for the people who set all of these events in motion.”
“Is there anyone in the count who believes all of this would have happened without Donald Trump’s will?”
The father-of-three went on to say why he thought Trump was responsible for the riot, including changing the protest date from Jan. 21 to Jan. 6 and for trying to force lawmakers to find him fake votes, which a Georgia grand jury is currently probing.
The father-of-three went on to say why he thought Trump was responsible for the riot, including changing the date of the protest (pictured) from Jan. 21 to Jan. 6 and for trying to force lawmakers to find him fake votes
“He was the one who spread the big lie,” Raskin said on the show. “It was he who galvanized the country’s far right to focus on the peaceful transfer of power as a target of their wrath and violence.
“He was the one who tried to stage a mini coup in the Justice Department and get the DOJ to declare the elections corrupt and leave the rest to his Republican friends in the House.
‘And ultimately, he was the one who decided to focus everyone’s attention on Mike Pence, and then finally say in the midst of the riot, he didn’t have the courage to do what needed to be done, further prodding and urging the crowd already chanting, “Hang Mike Pence.”
He stated that Trump was the “central instigator of the whole thing”.
“It’s just impossible to think of this happening without Donald Trump being the central instigator,” she told MSNBC.
Agatha Christie (pictured) is known for her detective novels
Trump called 845-page document a ‘monstrous lie’ and deflected responsibility for riot away from himself
He also said he hasn’t heard from all of his fellow Republicans since the report came out, but for those he had spoken to, he said he told them they had to “vote to convict.”
“The facts and the law dictated it, because the Constitution required it and because the country needed it,” he said he told Republican lawmakers.
‘But if nothing else they have to do it to save their own party, because Donald Trump would come and destroy the party. And we’re seeing it unfold right now, because Donald Trump has been exposed to the world as the person who orchestrated all of these events to try to overthrow our constitutional order and seize the presidency.”
However, Trump took a different approach on Friday, saying the committee’s January 6 report was fabricated by “sick people,” including Pelosi.
“The unselected committee has not produced a single shred of evidence that I, in any case, intended or wanted violence in our capital,” Trump said. “The evidence doesn’t exist because the claim is baseless and a monstrous lie.
“There was no insurrection and there was not going to be an insurrection. It was made up by these sick people,” Trump said, adding how the Speaker of the House and the mayor of Washington DC refused to honor Trump’s request to send up to 20,000 National Guard troops on the streets around the Capitol.
Trump has continued to downplay the events of that day and has addressed some of the conspiracy theories that have emerged since, including how the Capitol doors were “thrown open to let people in” and that “federal whistleblowers” they played a role in the violence.
“The events of January 6 were not an insurrection,” Trump insisted. “They were a protest that tragically spiraled out of control and which the left has weaponized ever since.
“The committee cut the part of my speech where I encouraged protesters to speak up peacefully and patriotically, but no one ever says that,” Trump complained.
During the video, Trump defended his actions on January 6, 2021, arguing against the select committee’s finding that he had not responded to the riot for 187 minutes.
‘I think there has to be a serious calculus of individual responsibility for the people who set all of these events in motion. Is there anyone in the count who believes all of this would have happened without Donald Trump’s will?’ Raskin said of the uprising (pictured)
Trump said he posted two tweets urging “peace and respect” within 25 minutes of violating the Capitol along with a follow-up statement half an hour later.
“I told the protesters to go home with peace and respect,” Trump insisted.
But the report details how “none of these tweets had any appreciable impact on the violent rioters.”
“Neither the 2:38pm nor the 3:13pm tweets made any difference,” the report found.
Trump also reiterated his claim that he “urged for the deployment of 10,000 to 20,000 National Guard troops” prior to the riot “to keep the event safe.”
This claim was directly refuted by the committee in the executive report.