September 24, 2022
President Joe Biden said Thursday that the events surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol riot were a violation of the Constitution.

President Joe Biden said Thursday that the events surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol riot were a violation of the Constitution.

The comments were made in California ahead of a meeting Biden had with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and hours before the House Jan. 6 committee holds its first prime-time hearing.

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“I think it was a clear, flagrant violation of the Constitution,” Biden said.

“I think these guys and women broke the law, tried to turn around the result of an election. And there’s a lot of questions — who’s responsible, who’s involved. I’m not going to make a judgment on that, but I just want to know that … a lot of Americans are going to be seeing for the first time some of the detail that occurred,” he added.

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Former President Donald Trump has castigated the inquiry as a political witch hunt, and his allies are ready to argue he had instructed his supporters to march “peacefully” to the Capitol on Jan. 6. They have also raised questions about whether Democratic leadership did enough to prepare security for that day.

Members of the Jan. 6 panel have signaled they intend to draw a line connecting Trump’s efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election to the Capitol riot. The violence briefly disrupted the process of lawmakers certifying Biden’s victory.

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