fact check interview with Donald Trump January 6, 2020 | ET REALITY



Former President Donald Trump, in an interview with NBC’s Kristen Welker that aired Sunday on “Meet the Press,” continued to make false claims about a variety of topics, including the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Trump appeared to blame then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the violence on January 6, 2021, when his own supporters stormed the US Capitol, claiming she “was in charge of security.” She rejected 10,000 soldiers. “If she had not rejected the soldiers, there would have been no January 6.”

Facts first: This is false. The Speaker of the House is not in charge of Capitol security. That is the responsibility of the Capitol Police Board, which oversees the U.S. Capitol Police and approves requests for National Guard assistance.

Trump’s former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller also told lawmakers that Trump never gave him a formal order to have 10,000 troops ready to be sent to the Capitol on January 6. “There was no direct order, there was no order from the president. ”Miller said.

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sent an email saying the National Guard would be present to “protect pro-Trump people” in the lead-up to the US Capitol insurrection, according to the report published by the January 6 committee.

Trump referred to the two federal indictments against him as “Biden indictments,” alleging that President Joe Biden directed the Justice Department to charge the former president in the cases brought by special counsel Jack Smith in Washington, DC.

Facts first: This claim is not supported by any evidence. There are no signs that Biden was involved in the decision to criminally investigate or prosecute Trump; Ordinary citizens of a Florida grand jury voted to indict Trump in June, and the prosecution is led by a special prosecutor, Jack Smith. Smith was appointed in November 2022 by Attorney General Merrick Garland, a Biden appointee, but that is not proof that Biden was involved in the prosecution effort.

Biden said in June that he had not spoken to Garland about the issue and was “not going to talk to him.”

Trump repeatedly argued that the 2020 election was “rigged” against him and stated that “there is no question about it.”
Facts first: This statement is false. The election was not rigged and there is no evidence of any fraud large enough to have changed the outcome. Trump administration Department of Homeland Security officials, along with state election officials, said in a statement after the 2020 election: “The November 3 election was the most secure in American history.”

This story will be updated with additional fact checks.

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