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President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael van der Veen again incorrectly claimed that the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol involved not only Trump’s supporters but those on the other side of the political spectrum.

“It was pre-planned and pre-mediated by fringe left- and right-wing groups,” he told senators as part of his closing arguments defending the former president as someone who did nothing to incite a protest that was already being organized well before his speech that day.

But the claim that left-wing groups, namely Antifa-inspired protestors, were involved has been widely debunked despite the president’s and his lawyers’ continued claims to the contrary.

According to Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Trump was pushing the antifa conspiracy to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., during a phone call as the riot was unfolding and lawmakers were scurrying to safety.

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