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The Washington Post refused to publish the full response of former President Donald Trump to its in-depth investigation into the Capitol riots last week. It cited a number of unrelated and inflammatory claims made by him.
The Wall Street Journal was the target of a major backlash last week when it published a letter from Donald Trump to the editor. The newspaper did not challenge the publication.
The Post reported that Trumps spokesperson Taylor Budowich wrote a long response to its investigative stories. This included a series of unrelated, inflammatory statements that The Post is not publishing.
Instead, the newspaper quoted sections of the response.
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The Posts three-part series, which consists of three parts, examined the failure of law enforcement to respond to warnings about violence at the Capitol following a pro-Trump rally. It exposed Trump's inaction on that day, and repeated falsehoods regarding his 2020 election loss as a contributing factor to the violence. This continues to undermine democracy.
It revealed that Trump's close allies plotted to defeat the presidency while they were hiding in a warroom at the Willard Hotel downtown Washington.
John Eastman, a conservative attorney, was one of the plotters. He blamed Mike Pence, then-Vice President, for Jan. 6 violence because he refused the certification of Joe Biden's Electoral College win. Eastman sent an angry email to Pences' aide, incredulously, as Pences and Eastman were hiding from the Capitol mob who were calling for Pences' hanging.
Trump was provided with a list of 37 results by The Post. The Post interviewed 230 people to create its series.
According to the newspaper, Budowich stated that Trump strongly objected.
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The Post also noted that Trump dismissed the stories and cast those who entered the Capitol Jan. 6th as agitators, despite not being associated with Trump.
The statement also repeated Trump's false claim of rigging the 2020 election and called Fake News and leftist journalists the greatest threat to America.
The full Washington Post statement on Trump's response can be found here.
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This article was originally published on HuffPost. It has since been updated.