Donald Trump Jr. has accused himself of cynicism for initially believing the Jan. 6 riots were not Trump supporters

Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a rally for The Ellipse in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021.

Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a rally for The Ellipse in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021.Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

  • Donald Trump Jr. gave little new information to the committee on Jan. 6, but spoke of his own thoughts.

  • He said he was not shaken by Attorney General Bill Barr’s declaration that there was no widespread fraud in 2020.

  • He said he would be “quite a cynic” about “these processes and these institutions.”

When Donald Trump Jr. spoke with the Commission on Jan. 6, 2022, he offered few new details of the events following the 2020 election that led to the attack on the Capitol. I did.

but, transcript of his interview The document, released by the committee on Thursday, provided a sort of window into Trump Jr.’s thinking at the time he was representing his father’s campaign.

Investigators asked Trump about an assessment made by Attorney General Bill Barr in late 2020. publicly When Personallyif there was no widespread fraud in the election, and those evaluations determined him to “confirm that those in the campaign are confirming the facts of these allegations of voter fraud.”

“No, it wasn’t,” Trump told commission investigators. “I have become quite cynical about many of these processes and institutions. So, unfortunately, this is just a learned reaction.”

He appeared to talk about “Russia, Russia, Russia stuff in the last few years,” referring to an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia during the 2016 election.Donald Trump Jr. during the campaign After meeting with Russian agents, the final report issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found insufficient evidence of a broader criminal conspiracy.

The committee also asked him about the text messages he exchanged with then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on January 6, during the riots at the Capitol.

as he told the meadows His father needed to “condemn this shit ASAP,” and Trump texted Meadows, referring to the mob, saying, “I wasn’t sure these were Trump supporters either.”

Explaining that point of view, Mr Trump referred to other violent protests in 2020, many in support of racial justice.

“I have seen violence across the country over the last 18 months, and all this has been done by the other side,” he said. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were.”

“Again, when I go through what I’ve been through, I can be cynical about some of these things,” he added.

Claims that left-wing agitators infiltrated the mob of presidential supporters surfaced shortly after the riots, especially by the president himself and Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gates.

“It’s MAGA, not Antifa. I know. I was there.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Reportedly, Trump In a phone call a few days after the attack.

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