Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) says Donald Trump spoke volumes when he declined to say whether or not he referred to as any army or legislation enforcement authorities to quell the Jan. 6, 2021, assault because it was underway.
“I believed that was one in every of most telling exchanges of the interview, as a result of he received’t say who he referred to as, as a result of he referred to as nobody to place an finish to this,” Schiff instructed CNN’s Jim Acosta on Sunday.
“He sat there for hours watching the Capitol be attacked. He sat there within the consolation and safety of the White Home eating room and watched that mayhem unfold,” he added. “Individuals got here in to induce him to do one thing, to say one thing, and he rebuffed them. No surprise he doesn’t wish to reply the query.”
Schiff was discussing Trump’s interview with “Meet the Press” anchor Kristen Welker, which aired Sunday.
Throughout one significantly outrageous change, Trump sought accountable Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for the Capitol riot, claiming the then-Home speaker was “answerable for safety” and will have prevented the violence if she’d accepted Trump’s provide days earlier to herald the Nationwide Guard.
That is false on many ranges and has been comprehensively debunked. The Home speaker isn’t answerable for Capitol safety, for starters, and there’s no proof Trump ever issued such a directive.
Trump supporters hunted for Pelosi after breaching the Capitol, broke into her workplaces and left threatening messages.
Trump made the Pelosi declare as Welker repeatedly pressed him to say whether or not he referred to as army or legislation enforcement to subdue the violence because the Capitol was underneath assault.
“I’m not going to let you know something,” Trump mentioned.
Schiff mentioned the Pelosi blame was “additionally typical” of the previous president.
“He does nothing however challenge on to others his personal lack of motion, lack of morality, nevertheless it doesn’t idiot anybody,” he mentioned.
In her personal response to Trump’s feedback, Pelosi mentioned one thing related.
“He is aware of he’s accountable for that, so he tasks it onto others,” she instructed MSNBC on Sunday.
Watch Schiff’s interview under.