Donald Trump bears some blame for Jan. 6 insurrection, former House Speaker John Boehner says

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Former House Speaker John Boehner connected Thursday pointed blasted toward erstwhile President Donald Trump for what happened during the Jan. 6 insurrection astatine the U.S. Capitol.

"I watched, similar everybody other did, each time aft the predetermination erstwhile Donald Trump was making these exaggerated claims astir the predetermination outcome," Boehner told CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" successful a pre-recorded interview. "And so, Donald Trump does, successful fact, carnivore immoderate of the blasted for what happened connected Jan 6."

The Capitol breach that time delayed Congress' ceremonial number of electoral votes that yet certified Joe Biden arsenic the 2020 predetermination winner. Earlier that day, Trump told supporters astatine a rally extracurricular the White House to march to the Capitol to protestation the election's results amid unfounded accusations of wide fraud.

Boehner's comments travel little than a week aft Senate Republicans blocked a measure that would make an autarkic commission to analyse the attack. The erstwhile House Speaker noted it "is hard to get some parties to hold to a just commission." However, helium added that "the American radical perfectly request to cognize what happened" connected Jan. 6.

Boehner — who served arsenic Speaker from 2011 to 2015 — besides acknowledged that portion there's a disagreement betwixt pro- and anti-Trump Republicans, Democrats are conscionable arsenic divided.

"Democrats person the aforesaid problems betwixt accepted Democrats and, you know, the Left Wing Progressives, and truthful it's benignant of a diagnostic of a modern time politics, erstwhile you person fundamentally a two-party system," Boehner said. 

A caller Gallup canvass showed the fig of Americans identifying arsenic Republicans oregon arsenic Independents who pb towards the GOP dropped to 40% successful the archetypal 4th of 2021. The fig of Democrats oregon Independents leaning near deed 49%. The nine-percentage-point pb is the largest Democratic vantage Gallup has measured since 2012. 

Host Shepard Smith besides asked Boehner astir the caller drawstring of cyberattacks against the U.S.. The erstwhile House Speaker said helium thinks President Joe Biden needs to marque "it precise wide to [Vladimir] Putin that capable is enough, and that either helium takes action, oregon we will."

Hacker corporate REvil is down the cyberattack connected JBS, a root told CNBC. It caused JBS, the the world's largest nutrient processor to unopen down operations. The cyberattack forced the institution to concisely grind operations to a halt astatine slaughterhouses and processing plants crossed the U.S.

JBS reported the organized cyberattack on its accusation systems conscionable 3 weeks aft a ransomware onslaught connected Colonial Pipeline — the largest substance pipeline successful the United States — crippled substance transportation for respective days successful the Southeastern portion of the U.S. The FBI believes a radical with ties to Russia called DarkSide carried retired the onslaught connected Colonial Pipeline, which paid $5 cardinal to reconstruct services

Boehner noted that portion the Russian hackers are non-state actors, "we cognize what happens successful Russia — cipher acts without the blessings from connected top, truthful Putin's gonna person to bash thing astir this."