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WATCH: Jan. 6 violence was ‘no accident,’ but part of Trump’s ‘last stand,’ Rep. Thompson says


The chairman of the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising and Donald Trump’s efforts to nullify the 2020 election opened Thursday’s prime-time hearing, saying the he attack was an “attempted coup” endangering “two and a half centuries of constitutional democracy”.

Watch Thompson’s remarks in the player above.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said the “world is watching” the United States’ response to the panel’s year-long investigation into the Capitol riot and the defeated president’s extraordinary efforts to prevent the Congress to certify Joe Biden’s election victory.

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He called it a “brazen attempt” to nullify the election.

“Democracy remains in jeopardy,” Thompson said. “We must face the truth with frankness, resolution and determination.”

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The committee was presenting never-before-seen video and a mass of other evidence, aiming to show the ‘heartbreaking story’ of the deadly violence that day and also a chilling story as Trump, the defeated president, tried to overturn the election victory of Biden.


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