PoliticsWednesday 06.12.24

Mike Johnson won't say whether Trump has committed to not attempt another January 6th-style insurrection.

House Speaker Mike Johnson on Wednesday claimed Donald Trump would respect the peaceful transfer of power and not attempt another January 6th-style insurrection.

“Of course he respects that, and we all do and we've all talked about it ad nauseam,” Johnson said when asked by a reporter about Trump and the “American tradition of a peaceful transfer” during the Louisiana Republican’s weekly press conference with House GOP leadership. He didn’t confirm whether he’s actually secured that commitment from the former president, however.

Johnson and other Republicans are set to meet with Trump on Thursday morning — the former president’s first meeting with the party on Capitol Hill since a mob of supporters attacked the building on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to keep Trump in power.

Ahead of the presidential election in November, critics have cited fears that Trump may urge his supporters to launch a similar attack if he loses.

For his part, Johnson downplayed those concerns and hyped up the meeting.

“There's high anticipation here and great excitement,” Johnson said. “There's a real energy in the base right now and a real energy among the American people. They know that change is coming. It can't get here soon enough. November cannot get here soon enough. But we're anxious to talk about that and I guess bounce around ideas with the president tomorrow.”

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