Attack on the Capitol: A mysterious “crisis cell” in a luxury hotel at the center of the investigation
A “crisis cell” led by Donald Trump’s advisers from a luxury Washington hotel is now at the center of a parliamentary investigation into the deadly January 6 Capitol attack.
Lawyers Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman, as well as Steve Bannon, a close aide of the former president, gathered at the Willard Intercontinental very close to the White House before and after the attack on the congressional seat by thousands of supporters. Mr Trump wanted to prevent elected officials from validating Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
Along with other Republican officials, he is suspected of having links between the White House and groups that participated in the massive demonstration “Stop the Steel” (“stop the flight of elections”) held on January 6, according to the House. Representative Special Investigation Commission, which wants to prosecute Mr. Bannon for refusing to testify.
An explanation from the 67-year-old former adviser, one of the architects of Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, is seen as essential to understanding what the White House host was doing on the day of the attack.
Mr Bannon is suspected by lawmakers of playing a role in the “communications of the Stop Theft+ campaign that prompted the attack”, and “participating in the events of the day” on the Capitol. Crisis staff from Willard Hotel.
– “lobist” –
Since 1847, the elegant hotel has welcomed a slew of wealthy clients, politicians and dignitaries visiting the US capital or the White House.
The term “lobbyist” also appears to have become popular in Washington, which hopes to contact President Ulysses Grant to nominate frequent visitors to the lobby of the Willard Hotel who come here regularly. Huh.
According to independent journalist Seth Abramson, in the lead up to January 6, dozens of Donald Trump relatives involved in an effort to reverse Biden’s election victory also visited the facility.
On his Proof website, Abramson quotes, among other things, Conservative political adviser Roger Stone, former spokesman Jason Miller, campaign adviser Boris Epshtein and former New York police chief Bernard Kerrick.
The commission of inquiry wants to determine his and the former president’s own responsibilities in the attack.
The Willard Hotel is also mentioned in the book “Peril” by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which chronicles the final weeks of Mr. Trump’s term.
According to him, attorney John Eastman would have developed an unprecedented legal argument that would have allowed Vice President Mike Pence to block certification by Congress of the results of the presidential election by arguing fraudulently – charges leveled by the Trump camp but which do not. are’ have never been proven.
– “The moment to attack” –
On January 5, Donald Trump announced to his supporters that Mr. Pence had agreed to block the vote.
But according to the authors of “Peril”, the Vice President had refused this option during a meeting the same evening.
After the interview, Mr Trump at least once called on the Willard Hotel’s “crisis staff” to “coordinate this effort to speak up”, his vice president Robert Costa explained on MSNBC on Monday.
Whom did he talk to? What did they say to each other? The Parliamentary Inquiry Commission wants to obtain telephone records of the exchanges linked to the January 6 events, and interrogate others present at the hotel.
According to “Peril”, Steve Bannon encouraged Mr Trump in December to use so-called electoral fraud to block the January 6 vote.
In a January 5 podcast, he predicted a “win” for this strategy the next day. “Everything converges and it’s time to attack,” he said.
The operation at Willard, however, was no secret.
In May, John Eastman mentioned on Denver radio that “the crisis staff at the Willard Hotel (who) coordinates all communications.”
The exchange between the occupants of the White House and the Willard Hotel would in any case be decisive for the attack the next day, estimated Bob Woodward on MSNBC Monday.
Steve Bannon and Donald Trump “realized that it was time to blow things up, and that’s exactly what they did,” he said.
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