Mr Trump dismissed repeated warnings from leading aides from falsely declaring the November 2020 election was stolen, according to testimony unveiled by the panel.
“We will notify the tale of how Donald Trump misplaced the election – and understood he misplaced the election – and as a end result of his reduction, determined to wage an attack on our democracy,” the committee’s Democratic chairman Bennie Thompson stated in his opening remarks.
Mr Trump released his first extended response to the probe on Monday night, with a rambling 12-web page statement in which he identified as the panel a “mockery of justice” and a “Kangaroo Court docket hoping to distract the American people today from the great discomfort they are suffering from”.
The second of six planned hearings was shown videotaped accounts from the previous president’s advisors, like Mr Barr and campaign manager Invoice Stepien, declaring they continuously counselled him not to declare victory on election night time since he hadn’t won – but that Mr Trump went forward in any case.
“He believed I was completely wrong, he told me so, and that they were going to go in a different route,” Mr Stepien mentioned.
Mr Thompson’s deputy on the panel, Republican lawmaker Liz Cheney, claimed Mr Trump chose to pay attention to the advice of “evidently inebriated” previous New York mayor Rudy Giuliani “to just claim he gained, and insist that the vote counting quit – to falsely assert everything was fraudulent”.