WASHINGTON – The House committee released its formal report on Thursday, Jan. 6, the final product of a landmark 18-month investigation. The deadly attack on the Capitol and former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
,[A]After nearly a year and a half of investigation, I fear that our democracy is under threat. Specifically, what I think the mob should do: stop the peaceful transition of power from one president to another based on lies that are tainted by widespread misconduct and fraud,” he wrote on Jan. 6. Penny Thompson, D.—In the preface to the report, Mrs.
“The rioters were inside the halls of Congress because the head of the executive branch of our government, the then President of the United States, told them to attack,” Thompson continued. “Donald Trump invited that mob to Washington DC. Then he sent them to the Capitol to try to prevent me and my colleagues from performing our constitutional duty to certify the election.
“They put our democracy to the test,” he said.
Published by Group 845 Pages Report Days after the committee’s last meeting, its nine members, seven Democrats and two Republicans, voted to recommend the Justice Department file criminal charges against Trump, who is making another bid for the White House in 2024. .
It is the first time in history that a congressional committee has made criminal recommendations against the President of the United States. The Jan. 6 panel, led by Thompson and Vice President Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, believes the Justice Department has enough evidence to prosecute Trump on four specific charges, including obstruction of official business: Congress Certification of electoral votes by part of. – and inciting or assisting others in rebellion.
Among the group’s nearly dozen recommendations listed at the end of the report: Urge Congress to create a way to assess whether Trump and others involved in 2020 election collusion should be barred from future charges.
This coincided with the committee’s summer hearings and their subsequent executive summary, the full report, divided into eight chapters, heavily blames the January 6 attack at the 45th president’s feet and downplays security and intelligence failures. Is.
Chapter 1, titled “The Big Lie”, acknowledges Trump’s widespread effort to illegitimate the 2020 election and falsely claims it was stolen, while Chapter 2 focuses on Trump’s lobbying effort, Titled “I Want to Find 11,780 Votes”. State and election officials in Georgia and elsewhere must reverse the election results.
Nearly all Republican witnesses testified that Trump and his inner circle worked hard to cast doubt on Joe Biden’s legitimate election victory; A multi-pitch lobbying campaign by state officials, senior Justice Department officials, and then-Vice President Mike Pence helped sway the election; led a crowd of thousands of his supporters to march on Capitol Hill to disrupt the number of lawmakers certifying electoral votes; And he refused to call his followers. They brutally attacked police officers and surrounded the Capitol.
“Most shameful of this committee’s findings is that President Trump was in the dining room outside the Oval Office watching violent riots on Capitol Hill on television … Anyone behaving in such a manner at that time could not hold any position of power.” I can’t serve. In our country. again,” Monday’s meeting said. Cheney repeated a line in his preface. “He is not fit for any office.”
Trump responded overnight with a series of inflammatory posts on his Truth social network, repeating the same false claims about stolen elections and attacking the committee, the FBI and others.
“The United States government changed our election results and it was up to no good,” he wrote on Friday, falsely claiming he was the true winner of the 2020 election. “Look at the damage done to our country and the world in the last two years is immeasurable. Trump wins!”
The committee’s report alleges that Trump and his inner circle conducted at least 200 public or private “extortions, pressures, or reprisals” against state and local election officials and state legislators. January 6.
68 meetings, phone calls or speeches directed at state or local officials took place; 18 general remarks addressed to him; and 125 social media posts, the group says.
The report also revealed more details about the fake voter scheme, with the group accusing state officials in Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania and other key battleground states of embezzling Trump when it became clear they were trying to fake the results in their states. Will not reverse and turn Biden voters to Trump. Voter.
When the panel named conservative attorney John Eastman to the Justice Department on Monday for his role in a plan to pressure Pence to disallow states’ electoral votes on Jan. 6, the report identified a Trump-friendly attorney. Kenneth Chesbrough central to the plot’s conception.
Some of the findings of the Committee can be found in the Appendix to the Report. For example, an earlier report and hearing on January 6 revealed that Pentagon bureaucrats, including Lieutenant General Walter Piatt and General Charles Flynn, delayed sending National Guard troops when police were overwhelmed by rioters.
But the committee found that there was no deliberate effort to stall the troops: “While the delay may seem unnecessary and unacceptable, it is a byproduct of military procedures, organizational vigilance and a revised deployment approval process,” he writes. Appendix. 2.
“We have no evidence that the delay was intentional.”
Tasked with doing so, the committee made several recommendations to Congress and federal agencies. The group urged congressional committees to consider creating a “formal mechanism” to determine whether Trump and others named in the report should be barred from future federal or state office. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment targets “those who rebelled or rebelled against it, or who aided or abetted its enemies.”
The January 6 Committee called for reform of the Electoral Counting Act of 1887 to clarify that the Vice President does not have the power to unilaterally reject electoral votes already in process. As part of that, Congress will pass that recommendation this week. Bus cost package.
Additionally, the January 6 committee recommended that federal agencies adopt a “whole-of-government approach” to rooting out and combating violent extremism, including white nationalists. He urged law enforcement to designate future presidential election certificates as a “National Special Protection Program”. Future certification events on January 6 at the Capitol will require more planning, coordination and security.
“Driven by our intelligence findings, these recommendations will help strengthen the security of our democracy,” Thompson wrote.
The report marks the culmination of an extensive congressional investigation that included 11 public hearings, more than 100 subpoenas, interviews with more than 1,200 witnesses, and the collection of hundreds of thousands of text messages, emails and other documents.
The committee has already begun releasing dozens of witness transcripts. He invoked his Fifth Amendment rights on Trump aides, including Eastman, Roger Stone, Michael Flynn and Jeffrey Clark.
On Thursday, Jan. 6, the panel released tapes of testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who testified that Trump knew the crowd was armed when he drove it to the Capitol and tried to join his supporters there.
In the coming days, the team plans to release other transcripts of interviews and statements, as well as video and other documents and records.
The committee expires at the end of the year after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made it a “select” committee. Republicans, who will control the House in January, have no plans to renew it.
At her closing press conference on Thursday, Pelosi praised Thompson, Cheney and other January 6 members for “continuing to provide patriotic leadership.”
“The 117th Congress began with a violent attack on our democracy, and now we are hearing the results,” he said. “We have an important roadmap that will ensure that justice is served … and that this will never happen again.”