Matt Gaetz leads Republican resolution declaring that Donald Trump did not participate in the insurrection

Washington – Republicans led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (Republican from Florida) wants Congress to declare former President Donald Trump Innocent of involvement in the rebellion.

Gaetz and 62 House Republicans introduced a symbolic resolution that simply stated that Trump “did not engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States.”

It is the latest attempt by Republicans to whitewash Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, which included sending a mob of his supporters to the US Capitol while Congress certified the result of the vote. More than 1,200 people have been charged with crimes related to attacking police and looting the building.

The House of Representatives impeached Trump shortly after the attack on charges of incitement of rebellion. He was acquitted by the Senate.

The House decision comes as the Supreme Court considers whether state officials can keep Trump off the ballot because of his participation in an insurrection. The Fourteenth Amendment, adopted after the Civil War, bars a person from serving in the federal government if they take the oath and then participate in rebellion.

The insurrection case is separate from Trump’s various criminal cases, which include charges related to the riot, such as obstruction of official proceedings.

Republicans said Tuesday that since Trump has not actually been charged with insurrection, he cannot be prevented from appearing on state ballots. Experts believe the court will likely side with the Trump campaign.

Republicans also downplayed the riot, saying Trump urged his supporters to be peaceful while ignoring Trump’s comments that people should “fight like hell.”

“President Trump and his supporters have been vilified for doing nothing more than exercising their First Amendment rights,” said Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-Tenn.).

“We used to call what happened that day ‘Wednesday’ at the Missouri State Capitol,” said Rep. Eric Burleson (R-Mo.).

Gaetz and several other lawmakers have suggested that informants or FBI agents manipulated the crowd. On Tuesday, Gaetz again pointed to the possibility of the FBI influencing the events, but did not explicitly say so.

“There were violent people in those riots, and they shouldn’t have been, but that’s a very different thing than declaring President Trump’s involvement in the insurrection,” he said.

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