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Jan. 6 Panel Maps Path From ‘Wild’ Trump Tweet to Capitol Attack

  • House panel investigating Jan. 6 insurrection cites extremists
  • Former White House counsel testimony is aired for first time
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Jan. 6 Could Have Started Civil War, Says Ex-Oath Keeper

Donald Trump’s mid-December tweet calling for a “wild” rally to protest the Jan. 6 electoral vote count rapidly reverberated through extremist circles, bringing calls within hours for violence from online influencers, according to testimony revealed Tuesday by the House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection.

“It felt as if a mob was being organized and they were gathering together their weaponry and their logic,” a person described as a former Twitter employee whose voice was obscured and name withheld said in recorded testimony the panel played Tuesday. Graphic video and messages the committee showed included one YouTube influencer calling for a “Red Wedding,” a pop-culture reference to mass killing.