Trump warns that impeachment over rioting within the Capitol poses an “huge risk” to the US
President Donald Trump doubled up on Tuesday over the incendiary rhetoric that sparked the Capitol riot, giving dire warnings that it would be dangerous for the United States to be charged for his conduct.
Trump also claimed that his inflammatory comments at a rally shortly before thousands of his supporters marched into the convention halls on Wednesday were not harmful.
“People thought what I said was perfectly appropriate,” Trump told reporters when asked what his personal responsibility was for the violence.
The uprising came after he and his family members rallied to urge supporters to fight him to undo the victory of Joe Biden’s electoral college.
In his comments before leaving for Texas on Tuesday, Trump re-used the language that critics said was fueling the mob, describing the proposed impeachment by the Democrat-run house as “truly a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in politics.”
“It’s ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous,” Trump said in his first comments to the media since the uprising that killed a Capitol policeman and killed at least four other people.
“This impeachment is causing tremendous anger, and you are doing it, and it is really a terrible thing that you are doing,” Trump said, apparently blaming reporters for his impeachment.
“To the [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and [Senate Democratic leader] Chuck Schumer, to continue down this path, I think this poses a tremendous danger to our country and causes tremendous anger, “he said.
The president added: “I don’t want violence.”
“In that regard, we don’t want violence, we absolutely don’t want violence,” Trump said.
However, he did not expressly condemn the actions of his supporters in the Capitol, who were motivated to protest against the confirmation of Biden’s election as the next president by Congress and to prevent it.
Schumer later said: “Donald Trump should not stay in office one day, and what we saw in his statement today is evidence of that.”
Trump, who has been banned from a number of social media platforms for his comments since last week, also said in his comments, “I think Big Tech made a terrible mistake.”
In an obvious reference to his ban on Twitter and elsewhere, Trump said it was “very, very bad for our country and that is causing others to do the same”.
“And it creates a lot of problems and a lot of dangers. Big mistake. You shouldn’t do it,” said the president.
“But there is always a backlash when they do that. I’ve never seen as much trouble as I see now, and that’s a terrible thing.”
When asked if he would step down before his term expires next week, Trump did not respond.
Trump’s impending impeachment, like his first, stems directly from his actions to prevent the Biden from becoming president.
The House Democrats first indicted Trump in late 2019 for pressuring the President of Ukraine this summer to announce that the country was investigating Biden and his son Hunter for alleged wrongdoing. While relying on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Trump presented military aid to Ukraine, which was fighting pro-Russian forces, even though the aid had already been approved by Congress.
Three members of Trump’s cabinet resigned after Wednesday’s unrest: Minister of Transportation Elaine Chao, Minister of Education Betsy DeVos and Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
The hours of chaos at the Capitol interrupted that certification with a joint congressional session, but Biden’s election was confirmed early Thursday in a process overseen by Vice President Mike Pence.
The District of Columbia attorney general said Monday he would investigate whether Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., the President’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, and Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., Were charged with inciting insurrection with theirs Statements under criminal charges to be indicted At the rally in the White House shortly before Trump, the supporters invaded the Capitol.
Kevin McCarthy, Chairman of the Minority House, R-Calif., Reportedly told GOP caucus members that Trump had some responsibility for the insurrection on the same day.