President Joe Biden said Monday that“he lacked the courage to act” in as Trump supporters in an attempt to stop the .
“For three hours, the defeated former president of the United Stateswhile sitting in the comfort of the private dining room next to the Oval Office,” Biden said. “While he was doing that, the brave law enforcement officers are subjected to medieval hell for three hours.”
Mr. Biden, who is, made the comments in a virtual address to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives on Monday. His statements came immediately after the by the House select committee investigating the attack.
Explosive public hearings have revealed new information about Trump’s actions leading up to January 6 and that day when rioters stormed the Capitol. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican on the committee, said at Thursday’s hearing that “the mob was accomplishing President Trump’s purpose and he didn’t intervene.”
“You saw what happened,” Biden said Monday. “The Capitol Police, the DC Metropolitan Police, other law enforcement agencies, were targeted and assaulted before our very eyes: thrown, sprayed, trampled on, brutalized. And lives were lost.”
Mr. Biden credited the police for their role in ending the riots and hinted that Trump supporters cannot claim to be pro-police, but instead support the Capitol protesters.
“You can’t be for the insurrection and the police,” Biden said. “You cannot be pro-insurrection and pro-democracy. You can’t be pro-insurgency and pro-American.”
Monday’s comments were some of Biden’s most forceful comments on his predecessor and on January 6. Biden has relinquished executive privilege to members of Trump’s inner circle, but has mostly let the House committee’s work speak for itself.
Rep. CNN that the committee has not yet decided whether to make a criminal referral to the Justice Department on Trump. While the House committee has been investigating the attack, only the Justice Department can charge a person with a crime.the vice chairman of the committee, said on Sunday