WASHINGTON - Former US President Donald Trump orchestrated last year’s Capitol riot in an “attempted coup”, a congressional inquiry has heard.

Liz Cheney, the Republican vice-chair of the committee, said the former US President had “lit the flame of this attack”.

The committee revealed testimony from Trump White House officials who said the former president angrily resisted his own advisers who were urging him to call off the rioters and thought his own vice-president “deserved” to be hanged.

Donald Trump will testify under oath next month in New York attorney general Letitia James’s investigation into his business practices, according to a new court filing. The former US president had fought to dismiss the investigation, describing it as a “witch hunt”. However, along with his daughter Ivanka Trump and son Donald Trump Jr, he has now agreed to testify.