Former President Donald Trump has canceled a news conference planned for the first anniversary of the violent protests on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6. Instead, he will speak at an Arizona rally.
The cancellation came hours after some Republicans in Congress had expressed reservations about the forthcoming news conference.
“In light of the total bias and dishonesty of the January 6th Unselect Committee of Democrats, two failed Republicans, and the Fake News Media, I am canceling the January 6th Press Conference at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday, and instead will discuss many of those important topics at my rally on Saturday, January 15th, in Arizona—It will be a big crowd!” Trump stated on Tuesday night, Jan. 4.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Va.) said. “I guess it depends on what he’s going to say. But early assumptions are that it’s going to be an aggressive statement. I just don’t think it’s a good idea.”
According to Politico, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said she wanted to “stay focused on congressional activities.”
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said the event wasn’t a “terribly good idea,” but added, “What am I going to do about it?”. Toomey voted to convict Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 attack.
Representative Jim Banks of Indiana encouraged Trump to have the press conference.
Banks said on Monday night, Jan. 3, 2022, “I welcome it,” then, “President Trump has important things to say, I’m looking forward to hearing what President Trump has to say.”
When asked about Trump’s news conference, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated Tuesday, Jan. 4, “It’ll be interesting to see what he has to say.”
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo. ), the No. 4 Republican leader, admitted he had not thought much of the press conference.
According to Fox News, in the summer of 2022, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots will submit an initial conclusion on its investigations.
It “plans to begin holding public hearings in the new year to tell the story of the insurrection from start to finish while crafting an ample interim report on its findings by summer”, as the committee reported.