Washington: The House Committee’s final Jan. 6 report on the Capitol riots states that Donald Trump was criminally involved in a “multipart conspiracy” to overturn the lawful results of the 2020 presidential election and failed to act to convince his supporters of it to stop attacking the building. an extraordinary 18-month investigation into the former president and the violent uprising two years ago.
The 845-page report released late Thursday (US time) 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 officials to some of the rioters themselves — described in detail Trump’s actions in the weeks leading up to the uprising and how his extensive pressure campaign to reverse his defeat directly affected those who ruthlessly pushed past the rebellion. police and smashed windows and doors in January. 6, 2021.
“The central cause of January 6 was one man, former President Donald Trump, whom many others followed,” the report reads. “None of the events of January 6 would have happened without him.”
The uprising posed a serious threat to democracy and “endangered the lives of American lawmakers,” the nine-member panel concluded.
The report’s eight chapters of findings tell the story much as the panel’s hearings did this northern summer — describing the many facets of the remarkable plan Trump and his advisers devised to try to nullify President Joe Biden’s victory. . The panelists describe his pressure on states, federal officials, congressmen and then Vice President Mike Pence to play the system or break the law.
Trump’s repeated, false claims of widespread voter fraud resonated with his supporters, the committee said, and were reinforced on social media, building on the mistrust of the government he had harbored throughout his four years in office. And he did little to stop them as they resorted to violence and stormed the Capitol.
The massive, damning report comes as Trump runs for president again and also faces multiple federal investigations, including investigations into his role in the uprising and the presence of classified documents at his Florida estate. This week is particularly fraught for him, as a House committee is expected to release his tax returns after years of fighting to keep them private. And Trump has been accused by Republicans of a worse-than-expected showing in the midterm elections, leaving him in his most politically vulnerable state since winning the 2016 election.
It’s also a last act for the House Democrats who are handing power to the Republicans in less than two weeks and have spent much of their four years in power investigating Trump. Democrats have impeached Trump twice, the second time a week after the uprising. He was acquitted by the Senate both times. Other Democratic-led probes examined his finances, his businesses, his foreign ties and his family.
On Monday, the panel of seven Democrats and two Republicans officially turned over their investigation to the Justice Department, recommending that the former president be investigated on four crimes, including aiding an insurrection. While the criminal references have no legal status, they are a final statement by the commission following its extensive, year-and-a-half investigation.