Callers challenge Rep. Biggs on C-SPAN, exposing inaccuracies in his Capitol attack remarks
On Friday, U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) was slammed on CSPAN's popular “Washington Journal” show by several callers criticizing his involvement in the events of January 6, 2021, the day of the U.S. Capitol riot. Host Greta Brawner corrected Biggs when he incorrectly claimed that no one had been convicted for seditious conspiracy in relation to the attack.
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The first caller, Jim from Cloverdale, Oregon, on CSPAN's Democratic line, brought up former President Donald Trump's campaign promise to pardon some people convicted of Jan. 6-related crimes. He asked Biggs, “Do you realize that Trump lied under oath when he was being sworn in? He promised to protect the United States of America and everything foreign and domestic. Donald Trump wants to pardon the … traitors that were convicted of seditious conspiracy? Come on, what the hell is wrong with you Republicans?”
Biggs replied by saying he was not sure what the caller was referring to, but assumed it was about what might happen if Trump is elected again with regard to those already found guilty of their actions on Jan. 6. Before Brawner corrected him, Biggs incorrectly claimed that “none [of the Jan 6 insurrectionists] were convicted of seditious treason.” In actuality, Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes was found guilty of seditious conspiracy, with four members of his group receiving the same verdict that month.
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During the show, David from Ashland, Mississippi, on the Independents line asked Biggs about those who conspired in the White House for the Jan. 6 attack. David wanted to know what consequences Biggs would impose on ex-Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark who faces disciplinary charges for misstating the nature of the 2020 election.
Biggs denied asking for a pardon from Mark Meadows, Trump's former chief of staff. He also added that Clark's claims of attempting a government overthrow had “been completely debunked,” and that Clark was being “perpetuating a false narrative of the left.”
The third caller, Michelle, a Republican in New York, asked about the video footage Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired earlier this month. The footage showed that some of the Capitol rioters were allowed inside the building by Capitol police who seemed to facilitate their entry. Biggs agreed with Carlson's portrayal of the insurrection as “mostly peaceful chaos.”
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Michelle also asked if the so-called QAnon Shaman, Jake Angeli of Phoenix, would be granted “exculpatory evidence.” Biggs responded by verifying the accuracy of Carlson's portrayal, and added that Angeli's case should be “dismissed completely” if the FBI “infiltrated” his legal representation."