Trump cancels press conference scheduled for January 6


Former US President Donald Trump attends his first post-presidential campaign rally at Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, United States on June 26, 2021. REUTERS / Shannon Stapleton / File Photo

WASHINGTON, Jan.4 (Reuters) – Former US President Donald Trump on Tuesday called off a press conference he had scheduled for Jan.6, the first anniversary of his supporters’ deadly attack on the US Capitol.

Trump said in a statement he would instead discuss many of the same topics he allegedly addressed at the press conference at a rally in Arizona on January 15.

Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in the worst assault on Congress since the War of 1812. Fueled by Trump’s false claims that his November 2020 election defeat was the result of a fraud, the rioters tried to prevent Congress from attesting to the victory of President Joe Biden.

A police officer who attended the scene died the day after the attack, while four others who guarded the Capitol later died by suicide. Around 140 police officers were injured in the attack, which lasted for hours. Four rioters also died. More than 700 people have been accused of participating in the assault. Read more

The violence led to Trump’s second impeachment and numerous inquiries. One of them, in the House of Representatives, seeks to interview influential Fox News television personality Sean Hannity about texting with Trump, his aides and his lawyers during this time.

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Reporting by Eric Beech and Makini Brice; Editing by Scott Malone, Leslie Adler and Grant McCool

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