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Maxine Waters: Trump, campaign should be investigated for any Jan. 6 role

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)
Greg Nash

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is demanding former President Trump and his 2020 campaign be investigated for any role in the Jan. 6 rioting by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol. 

“Logged on to Twitter only to see that my haters have me trending again!” Waters wrote in a Twitter post on Sunday evening. “Does the truth make you that mad? I’ll say it again: Trump and his campaign must be investigated for the January 6th insurrection. Follow the money!” 
 
In a subsequent tweet, the progressive lawmaker urged her followers to “take a look at all of the people listed on the National Park Service permit for the January 6 rally that led to the attack on the Capitol.”
 
“It should be concerning that FEC reports show the Trump Campaign, at some point, paid over $2.7 MILLION to people who helped organize Jan. 6,” she said. “We need to investigate who funded the January 6 rally, who helped pay to bus people into Washington, D.C., the role of shell companies, and so much more.” 
 

 
Democrats like Waters and other critics have blamed Trump for inciting the rioting that took place at the Capitol on Jan. 6. He was impeached in the House for a second time over the incident and acquitted by the Senate. Dozens of people have been charged with crimes stemming from the rioting. 
 
The Trump campaign has denied any involvement in the Jan. 6 attack.  
 
“The Trump campaign had no role on Jan. 6, and did not organize, operate, or finance the rally, where President Trump urged supporters to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” Liz Harrington, a spokesperson for Trump, told the Hill on Monday. “Maxine Waters has a long history of inciting radical left-wing mobs to riot and attack members of the Trump administration.”
During an appearance on CNN on Saturday, Waters blasted Republicans for blocking an investigation into the rioting. 
 
“I want you to know that these are real domestic terrorists, and we are talking about the Proud Boys, we are talking about the Oathkeepers, we are talking about the KKK, we are talking about QAnon,” she said, calling a decision to not investigate the incident “unconscionable.”  
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