Former President Donald Trump claimed Friday evening that he has “nothing to hide” from the January 6 House Select Committee, yet he continues to appeal court rulings all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in response to subpoenas from Congress.

Phoning in to Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, Trump also asserted that his speech to supporters on Jan. 6 was “extremely calming.”

“Honestly, I have nothing to hide. I wasn’t involved in that and if you look at my words and what I said in the speech, they were extremely calming, actually.”

And yet Trump’s own words on that fateful day in January undercut his claims of innocence. He told his supporters:

“You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” 

The insurrection at the Capitol, the ex-president added, was nothing more than a “protest” and shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing:

“The insurrection took place on Nov. 3, which was Election Day. This was a protest, and a lot of innocent people are being hurt. A lot of innocent people are being injured.

“This was a absolute protest and people are being treated very, very unfairly. Their rights are being taken away from them, and the other side is not. You take a look at what’s going on with BLM and Antifa, what they did in Portland and Minneapolis and Seattle, and nothing happens, and by the way people were killed. Nobody was killed here other than Ashli Babbitt, who was shot violently by a man who should not have ever been allowed to pull that trigger.”

Nothing to hide. A protest, not an insurrection. Donald Trump is still lying. He lies as often as he breathes. And if he truly has “nothing to hide,” why doesn’t he cooperate with the Jan. 6 committee and hand over the documents and other information they’ve requested? Probably because he knows that information will prove his criminal actions and guilt.

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