A “crisis cell” led by Donald Trump’s advisers from a luxury hotel in Washington is now at the center of the parliamentary inquiry into the deadly attack on the Capitol on January 6.
Lawyers Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman, as well as Steve Bannon, a close ally of the former president, met at the Willard Intercontinental, very close to the White House, before and after the attack on Capitol Hill by thousands of supporters of Mr. Trump who wanted to prevent elected officials from establishing the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election.
With other Republican officials, they are suspected of having made a connection between the White House and the groups that took part in the large “Stop Theft” (“stop election runaway”) demonstration on January 6, according to the report, the House of Representatives special investigation committee that wants to prosecute Mr Bannon for refusing to testify By his testimony.
Explanations of the 67-year-old former adviser, one of the architects of Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, are essential to understanding what the White House host was doing on the day of the attack.
Parliamentarians suspect that Mr. Bannon played a role “in the communication process for the Stop theft + campaign that motivated the attack” on the Capitol, and that he was “involved in the events that day. He was a crisis management staffer at the Willard Hotel.”
Since 1847, the elegant hotel has welcomed wealthy clients, politicians and dignitaries visiting the American capital or the White House.
The term “lobby” also appears to have been popularized in Washington to designate those who frequent the lobby of the Willard Hotel, hoping to get close to President Ulysses Grant, a regular here.
In the lead-up to Jan. 6, dozens of Donald Trump’s relatives involved in an attempt to overturn Biden’s electoral victory visited the facility, according to independent journalist Seth Abramson.
On his Proof, Abramson quotes, among others, Conservative political advisor Roger Stone, former spokesperson Jason Miller, campaign advisor Boris Epstein, and former New York Police Chief Bernard Kerik.
The investigation committee wants to determine their responsibilities and those of the former president himself in the attack.
The Willard Hotel was also cited in “Danger” by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which chronicles the final weeks of Trump’s presidency.
According to them, attorney John Eastman had developed an unprecedented legal argument allowing Vice President Mike Pence to block Congress’ ratification of the presidential election results through controversy over fraud — accusations that the Trump camp has come up with but do not. It was never proven.
On January 5, Donald Trump announced to his supporters that Mr. Pence had agreed to block the vote.
But according to Beryl’s authors, the vice president rejected that option during a meeting that same night.
After the interview, Mr. Trump at least once called on “crisis staff” at the Willard Hotel to “coordinate this attempt to speak on behalf” of his deputy, Robert Costa explained on MSNBC on Monday.
To whom do you speak? What did they say to each other? The Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry would like to obtain telephone records of the exchanges related to the events of January 6, and to question the other persons present at the hotel.
According to “Peril,” Steve Bannon encouraged Mr. Trump in December to use so-called electoral fraud to prevent the January 6 elections.
On January 5, he predicted a “victory” for this strategy the next day. “Everything is converging and it’s time to attack,” he said.
However, Willard’s operations were not a secret.
In May, John Eastman mentioned on Radio Denver “The Willard Hotel Crisis Staff.” [qui] Coordination of all communications.
Bob Woodward estimated on MSNBC Monday that exchanges between the White House and residents of the Willard Hotel would in any case be crucial to the attack the next day.
“They realized this was the time to blow things up, and that’s exactly what they did,” said Steve Bannon and Donald Trump.
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