WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – A Jan. 6 final report from a House committee alleges that Donald Trump criminally participated in a “multipartisan conspiracy” to subvert the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election and his supporters’ attack on the Capitol. failed to prevent. Thus concludes an extraordinary 18-month investigation into the former president and the violent insurrection of two years earlier.
The 814-page report released on Thursday came after the panel interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses, held 10 hearings and obtained millions of pages of documents. Witnesses – from Trump’s closest advisers to some of the rebels themselves – detailed Trump’s actions in the weeks before the uprising and how his lobbying campaign to undo his defeat directly affected those who brutally pushed police officers. Gave and broke windows and doors. Capital on January 6, 2021.
The report said, “The main cause of January 6 was one person: former President Donald Trump, who was followed by many others.” “None of the January 6th events would have happened without him.”
The insurrection seriously endangered democracy and “endangered the lives of US lawmakers,” the nine-member panel concluded.
The report’s eight concluding chapters tell the story much as it did in hearings before the panel this summer, outlining several aspects of the remarkable plan that Trump and his advisers tried to undo the victory of President Joe Biden. The lawmakers described pressure from then-President Mike Pence on states, federal officials, lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence to circumvent the system or break the law.
Trump’s repeated and false claims of widespread voter fraud resonated with his supporters, the commission said, and were amplified on social media, tapping into the distrust in government he had fostered during his four years in office . And he did little to stop them when they turned to violence and stormed the Capitol.
The vast and damning report was released as Trump is running for president again and faces multiple federal investigations, including inquiries into his role in the insurgency and the presence of confidential documents at his Florida property. This week is particularly stressful for him as a House committee is expected to make his tax returns public, after he has fought for years to keep them private. In addition, Republicans have blamed Trump for a worse-than-expected result in the midterm elections, leaving him in his most politically vulnerable state since winning the 2016 election.
The report is also a final act for House Democrats, who handed control of the legislature to Republicans in less than two weeks, and who have spent much of their four years in power investigating Trump. Democrats impeached Trump for the second time a week after the insurrection. On both occasions he was acquitted by the Senate. Other Democratic-led inquiries into his finances, business dealings, foreign relations and family.
On Monday, the panel of seven Democrats and two Republicans officially transferred its investigation to the Justice Department, recommending that it investigate the former president for four crimes, including aiding an insurgency. Although the recommendations of Criminal Justice have no legal force, they are the final statement by the commission after its extensive one-and-a-half-year investigation.
Trump has tried to discredit the report, branding the members of the commission “crooks and scoundrels” and continues to falsely dispute his defeat in 2020.
“These people don’t understand that when they come for me, freedom-loving people have a close relationship with me. It makes me stronger,” Trump said in response to the commission’s recommendations for charges.
Associated Press writers Eric Tucker, Farnoush Amiri, Lisa Mascaro, Jill Colvin, Noman Merchant and Michael Balsamo contributed to this report.