US House committee holds hearing on Jan. 6 Capitol riot

A US Congressional panel investigating the 2021 Capitol insurrection has presented video testimony by close aides and family members of former President Donald Trump.

In the riot on January 6 last year, Trump supporters dissatisfied with his defeat in the 2020 presidential election stormed the Capitol building, leaving five people dead.

The House committee led by the Democratic Party began the hearing at 8 p.m. on Thursday by focusing on events that led to the incident and whether Trump was involved in it.

The hearing was broadcast live in prime time by major US networks.
Former attorney general and close Trump aide William Barr said in videotaped testimony that he repeatedly told Trump in no uncertain terms that he saw no evidence of election fraud.

Trump's daughter Ivanka said that as she respected Barr, she accepted what he said.

The committee apparently stressed that even close aides and family members of the former president didn't accept his claim that the election was stolen through widespread voter fraud.

The committee's chair, Bennie Thompson of the Democratic Party, said that the January 6 incident represents Trump's last stand, the most desperate attempt to disrupt the transfer of power.

The committee plans to hold five more hearings from next week and compile a final report around September.
In a social media post, Trump accused the House committee of refusing "to play any of the many positive witnesses and statements" or "talk of the election fraud and irregularities that took place on a massive scale."

He added, "Our country is in such trouble!"