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President Trump tried to immediately withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Somalia,

House committee is investigating January 6 Attack on the US Capitol organized it 9th public hearing on ThursdaySharing new evidence and pre-recorded testimony from several Trump White House insiders.

Representative adam kinzinger said then-President Donald Trump knew he had lost the 2020 election and so rushed to complete “unfinished business” before his term ends – even from Afghanistan and Somalia The American troops were trying to withdraw.

In his opening statement, Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the committee, called Trump new to previous testimony from administration officials, saying he lost the election, even though he had publicly falsified claims. He gave video testimony of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, saying he overheard Trump or then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying, “Yeah, we lost, we should let that issue move on. Boy. Meaning. President Biden.”

Kinzinger then said that “Knowing he lost and had weeks left in office, President Trump rushed to complete the unfinished business.”

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A video is shown of former US President Donald Trump at the US House Select Committee hearing to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on Capitol Hill on October 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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“A prime example is this: President Trump issued an order calling for a massive US military withdrawal,” Kinzinger continued. “They disregarded concerns about the consequences for weak governments on the front lines of the fight against ISIS and al Qaeda terrorists.”

“Knowing that he was stepping down, he acted immediately and signed the order on November 11, which would require the immediate withdrawal of troops from Somalia and Afghanistan before the Biden inauguration on January 20.”

Kizinger played clips of past testimony with administration and military officials familiar with the memo.

John McEnty, the former director of the White House Presidential Personnel Office, said he discussed a possible evacuation with Colonel Douglas McGregor. McGregor said he told the administration that if they wanted to with the withdrawal, the president would have to write an order.

General Keith Kellogg, the national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, said he was familiar with the memo the president signed to withdraw troops.

All three testified that Trump signed an order written by McEnty.

Milley said he thought the order was “strange, not standard and potentially dangerous.”

“I personally thought it was not militarily viable, nor wise,” he said.

Kellogg even said that if he saw the return happen, he would “do something physically” because he “thought it was a huge loss to the nation.”

“By the way, it was a very contentious issue, there were people who did not agree with an exit from Afghanistan. I appreciated their concerns. An immediate departure, which was stated in that memo, would have been disastrous,” Kellogg said. .

“It’s the same thing President Biden went through. There would have been a defeat,” he continued, Referring to Mr Biden’s decision To pull all US military forces From Afghanistan until September 11, 2021. As troops withdrew in August of that year, the country quickly fell into the hands of the Taliban, with chaos as thousands tried to evacuate.

“Remember it [Trump’s] Ordered to withdraw immediately. It would have been devastating. Yet President Trump signed the order,” Kizinger said during the hearing. “These are highly consequential acts of a president who knows his term will soon end.”

Mr Biden reversed Trump’s decision To withdraw troops from Somalia.

After the hearing on Thursday, the committee voted unanimously Summons TrumpHaving said that there is precedent for the former president to appear before the panel.

“The vast load of evidence presented so far has shown us that the central cause of January 6 was one person, Donald Trump, who was followed by many others,” said Representative Liz Cheney, another Republican member and vice chairman of the committee. “None of this would have happened without him. He was personally and largely involved in all of this.”

Eleanor Watson contributed to this report.

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