WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol is returning to its duties after completing its 18-month investigation and submitting its findings to the Justice Department with a recommendation to impeach former President Donald Trump. Completing it. Trump.
The commission’s term officially ends on Tuesday when the new Republican-majority House of Representatives is inaugurated. Many of the commission staffers have already left, and those who remain have published much of the panel’s material over the past two weeks, including an 814-page final report, nearly 200 witness interview transcripts and documents to support their claims. Contains the documents used for.
Lawmakers have said they want their work made public to emphasize the seriousness of the attack and to try to overturn Trump’s election result on multiple fronts.
“Accountability now is critical to preventing any future plans to nullify the election,” the committee’s Democratic chair, Bennie Thompson, and its Republican vice chair, Liz Cheney, said in a farewell message Monday. “We have made many criminal recommendations and our justice system is to blame.”
Some of the commission’s work – such as the videotaping of hundreds of witness interviews – will not be made public at this time. The commission will send those videos and other records to the National Archives, which by law will make them available to the public for 50 years. Commission members said they did not release the video now because it would have been too difficult to edit and censor sensitive information.
However, the incoming Republican leader could attempt to obtain such material much sooner. A clause in a package of proposed House rules released Sunday calls for the National Archives to transfer “any records relating to the commission” back to the House by January 17.
It is unknown whether the Republican-led House of Representatives could enact the clause or what it would do with those materials.
The commission reached its conclusions after one of the most aggressive and comprehensive legislative investigations in recent memory. The panel formally or informally interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses, collected more than 1 million documents, and held 10 high-profile hearings. The panel’s two Republicans and seven Democrats managed to get through the investigation with little interference after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy refused to nominate members of the Republican minority, upset that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had included one of them. Two were recommended. ,
In the end, the panel unanimously concluded that Trump coordinated a “conspiracy” on multiple levels, lobbying states, federal officials and lawmakers to try to reverse his defeat, and to attack the Capitol and disrupt certification. inspired a violent mob of supporters to do so. President Joe Biden’s victory. The panel recommended that the Justice Department prosecute Trump on four counts, including aiding an insurgency.