Late on Thursday night, the congressional panel investigating the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, released its final report, outlining its case that former President Donald Trump should be held accountable for criminal charges of inciting the deadly riot.
Earlier on Thursday and Wednesday, the House of Representatives Select Committee made available to the public the transcripts of a number of the interviews it had conducted and the witness testimony it had received. The findings of this research, which is longer than 800 pages and contains hundreds of thousands of documents, as well as the decisions of more than 60 federal and state courts, are based on approximately 1,200 interviews conducted over 18 months.
An executive summary of the report was published earlier this week. According to the summary, the information includes a list of 17 specific findings, discusses the legal implications of actions taken by Trump and some of his associates, and includes criminal referrals to the Justice Department of Trump and other individuals. All of these topics are covered in the report. The study also includes a set of legislative proposals to prevent future attacks of this nature.
On Monday, the committee asked federal prosecutors to charge the Republican former president with four crimes, including obstruction and insurrection, for what they said were efforts to overturn the election results in November 2020 and sparked the attack on the seat of government. In addition, the committee claimed that the former president was responsible for provoking the attack on the seat of government.
“Rather than honor his constitutional duties to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed,’ President Trump instead plotted to overturn the election outcome,” the House panel stated earlier in a summary of its report that was 160 pages long. “Take care that the laws be faithfully implemented.” After the final report’s release, President Trump criticized the investigation as “very biased” and a “witch hunt” in comments he posted on his Truth Social network. He claimed it did not “examine the reason for the protest that took place on January 6, electoral fraud.”
Although the referral sent to the Justice Department by the panel chaired by Democrats does not require federal prosecutors to take action, it did represent the first time in history that Congress had referred a former president for criminal prosecution. In November, Trump made public his intention to make another run for the presidency.
One of the transcripts that were made public on Wednesday and Thursday included one that showed a former lawyer for the ex-White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson advised her to “downplay” her knowledge of the events that led up to the riot at the Capitol, telling her that “the less you remember, the better it is.”
According to what Hutchinson told the committee back in September, the transcript of her testimony shows that Attorney Stefan Passantino encouraged her to state that she could not recollect some events when she was preparing for a deposition that would take place in February before the panel.
In an angry speech that he delivered to his supporters the morning of January 6, 2018, near the White House, Trump publicly reprimanded his vice president, Mike Pence, for not going through with his proposal to reject ballots cast for Democrat Joe Biden. Pence did not back Trump in this plan.
After that, the former president waited several hours before making a public remark while thousands of his followers rampaged through the Capitol building, beating police officers and threatening to hang Pence. After weeks of false claims by Trump that he had won that election, Congress and Vice President Mike Pence were in the process of certifying the results of the 2020 election when the attack on the Capitol occurred.
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