Panel on January 6 Unveils Final Report; describes Trump “conspiracy”

The final report of the Jan. 6 House of Representatives committee alleges that Donald Trump was criminally involved in a “multiple conspiracy” to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election and failed to act to dissuade his supporters from attacking the Capitol, which concludes an extraordinary 18-month period investigating the former President and the violent insurgency 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 — from many of Trump’s closest aides to law enforcement and some rioters themselves — detailed Trump’s actions in the weeks leading up to the riot and how his wide-ranging campaign of pressure to reverse his defeat directly impacted those who brutally pushed past him with police and beatings on January 6, 2021 through the windows and doors of the Capitol.

“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 6th would have happened without him.”

The uprising had seriously threatened democracy and “put the lives of American legislators at risk,” the nine-member panel concluded.

The eight chapters of the report’s findings tell the story much like the panel’s hearings this summer — detailing the many facets of the remarkable plan Trump and his advisers devised to try to nullify President Joe Biden’s victory explain. The lawmaker describes his pressure on states, federal officials, lawmakers and 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 was reinforced on social media, building on the mistrust of the government he fostered during his four-year tenure. And he did little to stop them as they resorted to violence and stormed the Capitol.

The powerful, damning report comes as Trump is running again for the presidency and also faces several federal investigations, including investigations into his role in the riot and the presence of classified documents at his Florida estate. This week is particularly tense 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 blamed by Republicans for a worse-than-expected midterm election performance, leaving him in his most politically vulnerable state since his 2016 election victory.

It’s also a final act for House Democrats, who are ceding 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 riot. Both times he was acquitted by the Senate. Other inquiries run by Democrats looked into his finances, business, foreign ties and family.

On Monday, the panel of seven Democrats and two Republicans formally turned its investigation over to the Justice Department, recommending that the department investigate the former president for four crimes, including aiding and abetting a riot. While the criminal references have no legal authority, they are a final statement from the committee following its extensive year-and-a-half investigation.

Trump has attempted to discredit the report by labeling committee members “thugs and scoundrels” while continuing to falsely deny his 2020 loss.

In response to the panel’s criminal reprimands, Trump said, “These people don’t understand when they’re after me; People who love freedom flock to me. That strengthens me.”

The committee has also begun publishing hundreds of transcripts of its interviews. On Thursday, the panel released transcripts of two behind-closed-door interviews with former White House adviser Cassidy Hutchinson, who testified in person at one of the televised summer hearings and detailed Trump’s efforts to defend the election results and his indifference to the election affect violence as it occurred.

In the two interviews, both conducted after her July appearance at the hearing, she described how many of Trump’s allies, including her lawyer, had pressured her not to say too much in her committee interviews.

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