An 800-page report, due to be released by House investigators on Wednesday, will conclude that the then-President donald trump criminally plotted to overthrow his election defeat in 2020 and “provoked his supporters to violence” in the Capitol with false allegations of widespread voter fraud.
The result January 6, 2021, Uprising of Trump supporters threatened democracy with “terrific” law enforcement brutality and “endangered the lives of American lawmakers,” according to the report’s summary.
“The central reason for January 6th was a man, former President donald trump, followed by many others,” said the Jan. 6 House Committee report. “None of the events of January 6th would have happened without him.”
The eight chapters of the Committee’s findings are broadly reflected nine hearings this year, which presented evidence from more than 1,000 private interviews and millions of pages of documents. They tell the story of Trump’s unprecedented campaign to reverse his defeat and his campaign of pressure on state officials, the Justice Department, members of Congress and his own vice president to change the vote.
A 154-page summary of the report published Monday detailing how Trump, a Republican, reinforced this false claims on social media and in public appearances, encouraging his supporters to travel to Washington and protest against the Democrat Joe Bidens win presidential election. And like he told them “Fight Like Hell” at a large rally outside the White House that morning and then did little to stop the violence as they beat the police, broke into the Capitol and lawmakers ran for their lives.
It was a “multiple conspiracy,” the committee concludes.
The massive, damning report is the culmination of four years of a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives that has spent much of its time and energy investigating Trump, and that is cede power to Republicans in two weeks.
democrats two impeachments against Trump – both times he was acquitted by the Senate — and examined his finances, his businesses, his foreign connections, and his family. But the 18-month investigation on Jan. 6 was the most personal for lawmakers, most of whom were in the Capitol when Trump’s supporters stormed the building, disrupting confirmation of Biden’s victory and attempting to take them down.
While the lasting impact of the investigations remains to be seen — most Republicans have remained loyal to the former president — the committee’s hearings were watched by tens of millions over the summer. And 44% of voters in November’s midterm election said the future of democracy was their top election concern, according to AP VoteCast, a comprehensive national poll of voters.
“This committee is nearing the end of its work, but as a country we remain in strange and uncharted waters,” said the panel’s chair, the Democratic Representative. Benny Thompson of Mississippi, at a meeting Monday to approve the report and recommend criminal charges against Trump. “We have never had a President of the United States incite a violent attempt to block the transfer of power. I believe almost two years later this is still a time for reflection and arithmetic.”
The billing” committee members hope for criminal charges against Trump and key allies. But only the Justice Department has the power to prosecute, so the panel sent official referrals recommending the department investigate the former president for four crimes, including aiding and abetting a riot.
While the main points are known, the Jan. 6 report will provide new details from the hundreds of interviews and thousands of documents the committee has gathered. Transcripts and some videos are also expected to be released in the coming two weeks before Democrats relinquish House control. Republicans will take over the House of Representatives on January 3 when the body is dissolved.
“I guarantee there will be some very interesting new information in the report, and even more so in the transcripts,” Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, told CBS’ CBS Mornings on Wednesday.
The report’s executive summary describes how Trump refused to accept the legitimate outcome of the 2020 election and planned to overturn his defeat. Trump pressured state legislatures to hold votes that would invalidate Biden’s voters, attempted to “corrupt the U.S. Department of Justice by attempting to trick Department of Justice officials into deliberately making false statements,” and repeatedly attempted to personally convince the Vice President Mike Pence turning democracy on its head with unprecedented objections at the joint session of Congress, they say.
The report also includes some additional evidence to support some of the most explosive statements made at the hearings. Many of these statements came from former White House advisers Cassidy Hutchinson, who opened up about Trump’s disregard for armed supporters when he delivered his fiery speech to the White House this morning and his desire to go to the Capitol afterwards. Security officials would not let him go, several witnesses told the panel, leading to an angry exchange of blows in the president’s SUV after the speech. Trump was angry, the witnesses said.
“The main concern of the committee was that the President did in fact plan to personally participate in the Jan. 6 effort in the Capitol and lead the attempt to win the election either from within the House of Representatives chamber, from a stage outside the Capitol, or otherwise tilt,” the report says.
Trump has labeled members of the committee as “thugs and villains” as he continues to falsely deny his defeat in 2020.
The report, as well as one of the panel’s hearings every minute, will detail what Trump did — and didn’t do — for about three hours His followers beat the police and broke into the Capitol. Trump angered the crowd at this morning’s rally and then did little to stop his supporters for several hours as he watched the White House violence on television.
Lawmakers point to the evidence of Trump’s actions they don’t have from that time, including call logs, entries in the official diary, or calls to security officials.
“President Trump has not contacted a single senior national security official during the day. Not at the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, the FBI, the Capitol Police Department, or the DC Mayor’s Office,” the report reads.
There is also a lack of official photos of the President during these hours.
“President Trump appears to have instructed the White House photographer not to take photographs,” the committee wrote in its summary, citing an interview with the White House chief photographer Shealah Craighead.
The report is expected to detail the committee’s interviews with several of the former president’s advisers and aides – including some of his closest confidants, most of whom said he would not listen to anyone who told him he had lost the election and he declined for hours on January 6 to try to stop the violence.
The panel also asked questions about whether some aides were pressured by Trump or his remaining allies into not being ready during their interviews with the committee.
Republished with permission from The Associated Press.
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