January 6 Committee Blames One Man for Capitol Storming: Donald Trump
In this file photo from January 6, 2021, supporters of President Donald Trump besiege the United States Capitol in Washington.
In the United States, the House of Representatives committee looking into the Capitol insurgency on January 6, 2021, says in its final report that Donald Trump is criminally engaged in a multi-party conspiracy to overturn the legal results of the 2020 presidential election and failed to act to stop his supporters from attacking the Capitol. This concludes an extraordinary 18-month investigation into the former president and the violent insurgency 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. Witnesses – ranging from many of Mr. Trump's closest aides to law enforcement to some of the rioters themselves – detailed Mr. Trump's actions in the weeks leading up to the insurgency and how his extensive pressure campaign to undo his defeat directly influenced those who smashed the windows and doors of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
The central cause was a man, the report states: Donald Trump.
The insurgency has gravely threatened democracy and put the lives of U.S. lawmakers at risk, the nine-member panel concluded.
Donald Trump supporters outside the Capitol
In a foreword to the report, outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi says the findings should be a `clarion call to all Americans: to vigilantly protect our democracy and cast our vote only; to those who are conscientious in their defense of our Constitution.
The report's eight chapters of findings tell the story much as were the panel hearings this summer – outlining the many facets of the remarkable plan that Mr. Trump and his advisers have devised to try to undo the victory for President Joe Biden. Lawmakers describe his pressure on states, federal officials, legislators and Vice President Mike Pence to outsmart the system or break the law.
Trump's repeated false allegations of widespread voter fraud resonated with his supporters, the committee said, and were amplified on social media, building on distrust of the government. government he had maintained during his four years in office. And he did little to stop them when they resorted to violence and stormed the Capitol.
The massive and damning report comes as Mr. Trump is running for president again and also faces multiple federal investigations, including inquiries into his role in the insurgency and the presence of classified documents at his residence. from Florida. This week is a particularly busy one for him, as a House committee is expected to release his tax returns after he fought for years to keep them private. Additionally, Mr. Trump was blamed by Republicans for a worse-than-expected performance in the midterm elections, leaving him in his most politically vulnerable state since winning the 2016 election. p>
Donald Trump announced in November that he was seeking re-election and officially launched his 2024 presidential campaign.
It's also a final act for Democrats in the House of Representatives, who are handing over power to Republicans in less than two weeks and who have spent much of their four years in office investigating Mr. .Trump. Democrats impeached Trump twice, the second time a week after the insurgency. He was acquitted by the Senate both times. Other Democratic-led investigations have delved into his finances, businesses, foreign ties and family.
On Monday, the panel of seven Democrats and two Republicans formally forwarded its investigation to the Justice Department, recommending that it investigate the former president for four crimes, including aiding an insurrection. Although the criminal referrals have no legal standing, this is a final statement by the committee after its extensive year-and-a-half investigation.
M. Trump attempted to discredit the report, calling the committee members thugs and scoundrels as he continued to falsely challenge his 2020 loss.
“These people don't understand that when they come after me, people who love freedom gather around me. It strengthens me.
—Donald Trump, in response to the panel's criminal dismissals
The committee has also begun releasing hundreds of transcripts of its interviews. On Thursday, the panel released transcripts of two closed-door interviews with former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who testified in person during one of the TV hearings for the panel. been and detailed Mr. Trump's efforts to influence the election results and the indifference to the violence as it occurred.
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