Republican congressmen encouraged the assault on Capitol Hill and challenged Biden
At least 11 Republican congressmen from the ultra wing appear involved in the acts and conspiracy plans deployed to annul the 2020 presidential elections and prevent Joe Biden from replacing Donald Trump. Numerous messages between those involved and key testimonies before the Attorney General’s Office and the Commission investigating the events in Congress show that the legislators in question encouraged the march to the Capitol that led to their assault, despite the police warning of a high risk of violence, and they also participated in the attempt to reverse the result of the presidential elections through direct manipulation of the elections.
Among the key testimonies against the alleged pro-Trump conspirators is that of Cassidy Hutchinson, a former adviser to the former president’s last chief of staff, Mark Meadows. In an exhaustive statement before the investigative committee of the House of Representatives, Hutchinson outlined the plans of a group of Republican legislators to falsify or nullify the elections by substituting some “electors”: the figure that, representing the parties and by way of as a mediator, here he exercises the definitive vote for the presidential candidates based on the popular vote. The plan was to name voters pro Trump in states won by Biden.
Meadows’s former adviser said those involved appeared to have adopted a plan promoted by conservative lawyer John Eastman that members of both parties would later see as the closest thing to a roadmap for a coup.
Hutchinson revealed that the conspiring congressmen heard very direct warnings from White House lawyers that their plan to use voters alternative it was not “legally sound”. Despite which they tried to move on.
Ultras legislators planned alterations to the electoral process that White House lawyers refuted
The witness cited the names and surnames of the Republican congressmen who participated in the meetings to plan the suspension of the elections. A suspension that, above all, they tried to force through pressure on the number two in the Government and Senate President, Mike Pence, so that, on January 6, 2021, he would block or delay the certification of the election results.
Among those involved that Hutchinson pointed to are Scott Perry (Pennsylvania); Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Paul Gosar (Arizona), and Mo Brooks (Alabama).
At one of the conspiratorial meetings, Scott Perry, leader of the far-right group House Freedom, backed without opposition from the rest the idea of encouraging Trump supporters to go to Capitol Hill to prevent Biden’s proclamation, which they effectively attempted by occupation of the building and a pitched battle that resulted in 9 deaths.
At least five of the ultra congressmen agreed to participate in rallies next to the building to encourage the interruption of the peaceful transition in power. But the violence erupted before they could speak. Mo Brooks did, but at Trump’s rally outside the White House. And he did it to, alluding to those who opposed stopping the certification of results, to warn: “Today is the day that American patriots start writing down names and kicking ass.”
The Republican leader in the Lower House feared that Trumpist lawmakers would endanger critics
Days after the assault, extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene said in a message to Meadow, according to CNN: “In our private chat of (Republican) members, several say the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for martial law.” ”.
As he revealed New York Times House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy expressed his fear that the ultra sector could endanger the security of Republicans opposed to his plans. McCarthy also stated that he would suggest the former president resign; a suggestion that he now tries to deny in what is interpreted as an attempt to maintain the favor of who remains the strong man of the Republican Party, Donald Trump.