Sund’s letter clarifies a number of issues related to the Capitol riot. Two main items are of relevance to the impeachment trial:
- Sund’s timeline shows that the crowd that stormed the capitol could not have been incited by Trump’s speech that day.
- According to Sund, there was no intelligence indicating the potential for an insurrection-style attack on Congress prior to the events that unfolded.
In other words, Trump could not have caused the riot on the day it occurred, and could not have anticipated the riot before it occurred.
Sund nevertheless makes a decisive statement: “This was a well-planned, coordinated, armed insurrection at the United States Capitol.” Instead of blaming Trump, we should be asking who is actually responsible.