(TheRedWire.com) – In a newly released audio, former President Donald Trump is claiming that the Secret Service had blocked him from going to the Capitol in January 2021 to stop the rioters. However, he had been blocked by the Secret Service from doing so.
In August, Special Counsel Jack Smith had brought forward four federal charges against Trump over his involvement in the riot, including a count of conspiring to defraud the United States. The Department of Justice had launched a probe into Trump’s alleged attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election by having pro-Trump fake electors submit false slates in some of the swing states that he had lost to President Biden.
In the charges, there are also references to Trump’s activities during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. In his 45-page indictment, Smith argued that Trump had attempted to remain in office despite having lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden. As a result of these attempts, Trump’s supporters ended up storming into the U.S. Capitol building and occupying it while Congress was in session to certify the Electoral College win of President Biden.
In an interview with ABC News’s Jonathan Karl in March 2021, Trump argued that he wanted to go to the Capitol building to “stop the problem,” but he had been advised against doing so by the Secret Service.
Karl recently released the interview audio to CNN ahead of the release of his new book. In it, Trump said he wanted to return to the Capitol to stop the unfolding problem, but the Secret Service had stopped him. He had proceeded to argue that his supporters in the capitol would have received him well.
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