Former US President Donald Trump on Monday decried a congressional investigation into last year’s riots at the US Capitol by his supporters as a “mockery of justice.”
In a rambling 12-page letter, Trump said that rather than focus on the country’s larger problems, the Democratic-led panel was “the Kangaroo Court, hoping to distract the American people from the great pain they are experiencing.”
The former US president also repeated the same conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election that a congressional inquiry earlier in the day said was a major motivating factor for his supporters to riot.
“The Democrats created the January 6th narrative to detract from the larger and more important fact that the 2020 election was fraudulent and stolen,” Trump, who turns 76 on Tuesday, said in the statement.
Trump, angry that the commission was biased in its approach, said the commission was “a mockery of justice.”
As part of Monday’s televised hearing, the Congressional committee — made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans — showed videos in which former Trump aides testified that they had repeatedly told the president that his assertions of widespread election fraud were false.
Former US Attorney Bill Barr said in his testimony revealed Monday, likening Trump’s address to the collapse of false allegations he played a “whack-a-mole” game.
The committee ended Monday’s hearing with a video of Trump supporters on January 6, 2021, reiterating his theories of election fraud, shortly before a mob arrived at the Capitol.
But Trump doubled down on his fake election lie in his statement.
“The reality is that Americans turned up in Washington, D.C. in huge numbers… on January 6, 2021, to hold elected officials accountable for clear signs of criminal activity during the election,” Trump said.
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