Life just got a whole hell of a lot worse for scandal-ridden ex-President Donald Trump.
A bombshell report from Politico has revealed that the January 6th House Select that’s currently investigating the infamous, deadly Capitol attack, and the former president’s specific role in inciting violence on that fateful day, has now obtained photographic evidence straight from the Trump White House on January 6th, 2020.
Politico writes, “Congressional investigators have obtained a batch of official White House photographs, including images taken on Jan. 6, 2021, according to two sources familiar with the evidence. At least some of the photos were taken by official White House photographer Shealah Craighead, the sources indicated. Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson confirmed that the panel had obtained some of Craighead’s photos, though he declined to describe their content.”
Recent reports have indicated that Donald Trump approached Craighead about wanting a cut of the proceeds from her book of photographs from her time during his administration, and eventually went on to essentially screw her out of the traditional White House photographer opportunity when he published his own picture book, using many of Craighead’s images.
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“The panel has been amassing evidence of Trump’s movements and actions that day, attempting to reconstruct a minute-by-minute account of what the former president was doing while rioters smashed through police lines and disrupted the counting of electoral votes — the last step in finalizing Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory before his inauguration,” Politico goes on to report. “In addition to material from the Archives, committee investigators have interviewed nearly all attendees of Trump’s 11:10 a.m. Oval Office meeting including Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Kimberly Guilfoyle.”
Reports have indicated that then-President Trump went on to speak to his vice president, Mike Pence, at 11:20 a.m. on January 6th.
At 2:24 p.m. on January 6th, 2021, Donald Trump tweeted, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.”
The report goes on to read, “The select committee increasingly views that tweet as a catalyst of the day’s worst violence. Multiple defendants charged with breaching the Capitol pointed to that tweet as a driver of the mob’s fury. Video footage captured by news media and taken by rioters themselves shows the crowd reacting to the tweet, which posted 10 minutes after the first wave of people entered the Capitol through a window shattered by a rioter wielding a stolen police shield.”
You can read the full, bombshell report from Politico here.
Featured image via Flickr/Trump White House Archives