Capitol riot testimony: Trump 'detached from reality'

A US Congressional panel investigating the 2021 Capitol riot on Monday presented more video testimony by close aides to former President Donald Trump. The aides said Trump ignored their repeated advice that his claims of election fraud were unfounded.

The House select committee held its second public hearing on Monday following one last week. The panel is investigating the January 6 Capitol assault by Trump supporters dissatisfied with his defeat in the 2020 presidential election. Five people died as a result of the unrest.

William Barr, formerly attorney general under Trump, was among those whose testimony was shown at the session. He said that Trump's claims about election fraud were "nonsense" and "idiotic."

Barr said he thought that Trump had become "detached from reality." He said, "There was never an indication of interest in what the actual facts were."

The panel reported that Trump raised some 250 million dollars from supporters to advance the fraud claims in court. It said almost none was spent on legal fees, and that the money instead ended up as contributions to pro-Trump organizations.

Trump issued a 12-page rebuttal. He called the Congressional inquiry "a Kangaroo Court, hoping to distract the American people from the great pain they are experiencing."