House Jan. 6 Panel Releases Final Report

It's 'a final act for House Democrats'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 23, 2022 12:07 AM CST
Jan. 6 Panel Releases Final Report
A video of former President Donald Trump is shown on a screen, as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its final meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The House Jan. 6 committee’s final report asserts that Donald Trump criminally engaged in a “multi-part conspiracy” to overturn the lawful results of the 2020 presidential election and failed to act to stop his supporters from attacking the Capitol, concluding an extraordinary 18-month investigation into the former president and the violent insurrection two years ago. The 814-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 AP reports.

The central cause of what happened on on Jan. 6, 2021, was “one man,” the report says: Trump. The insurrection gravely threatened democracy and “put the lives of American lawmakers at risk,” the nine-member panel concluded. In a foreword to the report, outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the findings should be a “clarion call to all Americans: to vigilantly guard our Democracy and to give our vote only to those dutiful in their defense of our Constitution."

The report’s eight chapters of findings tell the story largely as the panel’s hearings did this summer—describing the many facets of the remarkable plan that Trump and his advisers devised to try and void President Biden’s victory. The lawmakers describe his pressure on states, federal officials, lawmakers and Vice President Pence to game the system or break the law. Posting on his social media site, Trump called the report “highly partisan” and falsely claimed it didn’t include his statement on Jan. 6 that his supporters should protest “peacefully and patriotically.” The committee noted he followed that comment with election falsehoods and charged language exhorting the crowd to “fight like hell.”

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The investigation's release is a final act for House Democrats who are ceding power to Republicans in less than two weeks and have spent much of their four years in power investigating Trump. On Monday, the panel of seven Democrats and two Republicans officially passed their investigation to the Justice Department, recommending the department investigate the former president on four crimes, including aiding an insurrection. (The committee has also begun to release hundreds of transcripts of its interviews, including an unprecedented view into the Trump team's attempts to overturn election results in Nevada.)

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