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Trump cancels January 6 news conference

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Donald Trump addresses his supporters in Washington on the day of the US Capitol riots. Photo: Getty
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Former US president Donald Trump has cancelled a news conference he had scheduled for January 6, the one-year anniversary of his supporters’ deadly attack on the US Capitol.

Mr Trump said in a statement he would instead discuss many of the topics he would have addressed at the news conference at a rally in Arizona on January 15.

Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in the worst assault on Congress since the War of 1812.

Fuelled by Mr Trump’s false claims that his November 2020 presidential election defeat was the result of widespread fraud, the rioters tried to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory.

One police officer who responded to the scene died the day after the attack, while four others who guarded the Capitol died later by suicide.

About 140 police officers were injured during the hours-long attack and four rioters died. More than 700 people have been charged with joining in the assault.

The violence led to Mr Trump’s second impeachment and numerous investigations.

One of them, in the House of Representatives, is seeking to question influential Fox News television personality Sean Hannity about text messages with Mr Trump, his aides and his lawyers during that time.