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Wis. congressman unsure Trump to blame for riot

Wisconsin’s newest member of Congress says he doesn't know if President Donald Trump was to blame for inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol and wants a full investigation to find out what motivated the mob. (Jan. 14) October 18, 2006 -//IPTC//DTD NITF 3.4//EN Wisconsin’s newest member of Congress says he doesn't know if President Donald Trump was to blame for inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol and wants a full investigation to find out what motivated the mob. (Jan. 14) RESTRICTION SUMMARY: MUST CREDIT WISPOLITICS.COM WISPOLITICS.COM – MUST CREDIT WISPOLITICS.COM Brookfield, Wisconsin – 14 January 2021 ++EDIT STARTS ON SOUNDBITE++ 1. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, (R) Wisconsin: "There has to be more to this entire episode and it needs to be investigated top to bottom to see who was involved and and exactly what motivated them to to get to where we were, which was a very, very frightening day." ++WHITE FLASH++ 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, (R) Wisconsin: "It's just hard for me to believe right now that that entire crowd was somehow fired up just by the speeches of the day to to take that action. I'm not going to say there wasn't an element of them. And they might be supporters of the president. They might not be. But I think that's why you got to do a full investigation." ++EDIT ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++ Wisconsin's newest member of Congress, Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, said Thursday he didn't know if President Donald Trump was to blame for inciting the riot last week at the U.S. Capitol and wants a full investigation to find out what motivated the mob. "There has to be more to this entire episode and it needs to be investigated top to bottom to see who was involved and exactly what motivated them to get to where we were which was a very, very frightening day," Fitzgerald said when asked at a virtual WisPolitics.com and Milwaukee Press Club event if Trump was to blame. Trump extolled his supporters at a rally to "fight like hell" and head to the U.S. Capitol where Congress was meeting on Jan. 6 to certify Democrat Joe Biden's victory. Fitzgerald said that while Trump did call on people to head to the Capitol, he did not think he wanted or expected them to turn violent. "It's just hard for me to believe right now that the entire crowd was somehow fired up just by the speeches of the day to take that action," he added. "I'm not going to say there wasn't an element of them." More than 100 people across the country have been arrested so far …