Biden describes the committee hearing testimony from January 6 as “devastating.”

President Joe Biden stated on Saturday that he thought the testimony presented at the House Jan. 6 committee hearing last week was “devastating” and that the panel has presented a “overwhelming” case.

During a stop at a Baskin-Robbins in Portland, Oregon, Biden was asked by reporters about his opinions on the committee’s ninth public hearing. He responded: “I think the testimony in the film are actually heartbreaking.

“And I’ve made it a point not to remark as I wait for the outcome. However, I believe it has been catastrophic,’ he remarked. The evidence has been presented, in my opinion, in a fairly overwhelming manner.

But if I talk about it any more, you’re going to question me whether I’m attempting to sway the attorney general, which is fair. I’m not. I haven’t had any conversations with him.

The committee’s hearing on Thursday, the penultimate before the midterm elections, focused on the thoughts of former President Donald Trump on the day of the Jan. 6, 2021 violence at the Capitol.

Never-before-seen video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, and other legislative leaders pleading for assistance during the disturbance as Trump failed to disperse his supporters was shown during the session.

Despite making false accusations of widespread electoral fraud, former Trump White House advisers stated that the president-elect understood in private that he had lost the 2020 election.

The committee unanimously decided to summon Trump for papers and testimony after the session.

Previously, in June, Biden discussed the significance of the Jan. 6 congressional hearings, stating that “the same factors that led to Jan. 6 remain at work today” and that “the American people should know what transpired.”

At the beginning of remarks on inflation at the Port of Los Angeles in June, Biden said, “The insurrection on Jan. 6 was one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history — a brutal assault on our democracy, a brutal attack on law enforcement, with some losing their lives, and we heard about it last night again.”

Biden emphasized that it is crucial that the public comprehends “what genuinely happened,” despite the fact that he claimed he was unable to witness the committee’s first open session in June.

The “spirit of America has been far from won,” he stated, adding, “We have to safeguard our democracy.”
NBC News’ Summer Concepcion covers politics.

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