The House committee’s final Jan. 6 report alleges that Donald Trump criminally engaged in a “multi-part conspiracy” to overturn the lawful results of the 2020 presidential election and failed to act to prevent it. his supporters attacked the Capitol, concluding an extraordinary 18 months. investigation into the former president and the violent insurrection of two years ago.
The 845-page report released Thursday comes after the panel interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses, held 10 hearings and obtained millions of pages of documents. The witnesses, ranging from many of Trump’s closest aides to law enforcement to some of the rioters themselves, detailed Trump’s actions in the weeks leading up to the uprising and how his extensive campaign of pressure to overturn their defeat directly influenced those who brutally pushed the insurgency further. police and smashed the windows and doors of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“The central cause of January 6 was one man, former President Donald Trump, who was followed by many others,” the report said. “None of the events of January 6 would have happened without him.”
The insurgency gravely threatened democracy and “put the lives of American lawmakers at risk,” the nine-member panel concluded.
The report’s eight concluding chapters tell the story much as panel hearings did this summer, describing the many facets of the remarkable plan Trump and his advisers devised to try to overturn the president’s victory Joe Biden. The lawmakers describe their pressure on states, federal officials, lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence to game the system or break the law.
Trump’s repeated false claims of widespread voter fraud resonated with his supporters, the committee said, and were amplified on social media, building on the mistrust of the government he had fostered during his four years in office . And he did little to stop them when they resorted to violence and stormed the Capitol.
The massive and damning report comes as Trump is running for president again and also faces multiple federal investigations, including probes into his role in the insurgency and the presence of classified documents at his Florida estate. This week is especially difficult for him, as a House committee is expected to release his tax returns after he fought for years to keep them private. And Republicans have accused Trump of a worse-than-expected performance in the midterm elections, leaving him at his most politically vulnerable since winning the 2016 election.
It’s also a final act for House Democrats who are ceding power to Republicans in less than two weeks and have spent much of their four years in power investigating Trump. Democrats impeached Trump twice, the second time a week after the uprising. He was acquitted by the Senate both times. Other probes led by Democrats probed his finances, his businesses, his foreign ties and his family.
On Monday, a panel of seven Democrats and two Republicans officially turned their inquiry over to the Justice Department, recommending that it investigate the former president on four counts, including aiding and abetting an insurgency. Although the criminal referrals have no legal force, they are a final statement by the committee after its extensive year-and-a-half investigation.
Trump has sought to discredit the report, calling committee members “thugs and scoundrels” as he has continued to falsely dispute his 2020 loss.
In response to the panel’s criminal references, Trump said: “These people don’t understand when they come after me; People who love freedom rally around me. It strengthens me.”
The committee has also begun releasing hundreds of transcripts of their interviews. On Thursday, the panel released transcripts of two closed-door interviews with former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who testified in person at one of the televised hearings over the summer and described in vivid detail Trump’s efforts to influence election results and indifference to the violence as it occurred.
In the two interviews, both conducted after her July hearing, she described how many of Trump’s allies, including his lawyer, pressured her not to say too much in her committee interviews.
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