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US Senator Graham told police to use guns on Jan 6 rioters

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US Senator Lindsey Graham speaks on southern border security during a news conference at the US Capitol on July 30, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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'What are you doing? Take back the Senate! You’ve got guns. Use them,' Graham said

US Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican legislator representing South Carolina, called on authorities to use their weapons to repel the rioters storming the US Capitol on January 6, a report published on Sunday detailed.

Graham implored then-Senate sergeant-at-arms Michael C. Stenger to take action against the demonstrators using their provided firearms.

“What are you doing? Take back the Senate! You’ve got guns. Use them,” the lawmaker was quoted by The Washington Post (WaPo).

“We give you guns for a reason,” he exclaimed.

Graham also called Ivanka Trump, daughter of former US president Donald Trump, in an effort to stop the riot.

“You need to get these people out of here. This thing is going south,” Graham urged on the phone, WaPo reported.

“This is not good. You’re going to have to tell these people to stand down. Stand down.”

A total of five people died during the attack on the Capitol, including a police officer.

Trump’s role in the incident is under investigation by a congressional probe, and the former president is attempting to halt the release of several communications documents for investigators.

He is trying to exert executive privilege, a right promising confidentiality for certain executive branch communications, over the information to prevent its disclosure.

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Trump’s claim will be examined by a court hearing, scheduled for November 4.

The National Archives and Records Administration explained it will release documents from the Trump-era starting November 12, unless a court stops the process.