• Trump spoke at a rally in Arizona the day after the latest public January 6 committee hearing. 
  • The former president falsely said the investigation was a means to "persecute" him. 
  • "They're coming after me because I'm standing up for you," Trump said

Former President Donald Trump slammed the House January 6 committee, claiming that its investigation into the Capitol riot is a way to attack him. 

"If I announced that I was not going to run any longer for political office, the persecution of Donald Trump would immediately stop," Trump said during a speech in Arizona on Friday. "They're coming after me because I'm standing up for you."

Trump's remarks comes after the most recent House January 6 committee public hearing in which more details about how those in the former president's orbit criticized his actions that day.  The former president has continuously pushed back against the testimonies and accounts of ex-aides during the hearings.

Trump allegedly that testimony was previously given by former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows aide, Cassidy Hutchinson was "total fiction," and slammed against former deputy press secretary Sarah Matthew's Thursday testimony. 

"I watched this hoax last night where this young lady said, 'Oh, I'm so heartbroken,'" Trump said.  "But, three weeks after January 6th, she wrote us a letter saying, 'Oh, I loved working for the President. He's so great.'"

Trump claimed the "corrupt establishment" was just trying to preserve their power.

"Where does it stop? Where does it end? Never forget: Everything this corrupt establishment is doing to me is all about preserving their power and control over the American people, for whatever reason. They want to damage me in any form so I can no longer represent you," he said. 


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