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The January 6 House the select committee released its long-awaited final report Thursday, concluding an 18-month investigation into the 2021 breach US Capitol by a violent mob of supporters of the former president Donald Trump.
The 845-page report was released three days after the bipartisan panel voted unanimously in favor refer Trump to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation and possible prosecution over his efforts to reverse his loss in the 2020 presidential election Joe Biden.
Among the recommendations is that congressional committees with such powers consider creating a “formal mechanism to evaluate whether to bar” Trump from future federal office because of evidence that he violated his constitutional oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution while engaging in rebellion.
The first chapter of the report is titled “The Big Lie,” a reference to Trump’s repeated false claims that he won the election. This chapter notes that Trump made efforts even before the election to “delegitimize the electoral process,” suggesting that it would be marred by ballot fraud.
The second chapter, titled “I Just Want to Find 11,780 Votes,” details Trump’s attempt to undermine the Electoral College, the body that actually chooses the winner of a presidential election based on candidates’ victories in the popular vote in individual states and parts of two states .
The headline refers to what Trump told Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call in which Trump pressed him to take steps that would nullify Biden’s popular victory in that state.
The following chapters outline how Trump and his allies aimed to present Congress with alternative lists of voters instead of the actual ones won by Biden, their efforts to have the Justice Department cast doubt on the integrity of the election, and to persuade then-Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to certified the list of electoral colleges of several states.
The plan to pressure Pence was intended to shift the decision of who would win the election to the House of Representatives. Although Democrats held a majority of seats in that chamber at the time, Republicans were able to hand Trump victory because they held a majority of state delegations, each of which gets one vote under the system.
The last three chapters focus on the build-up to the riot at the Capitol, Trump’s “neglect” of duty by refusing to call the mob, and an analysis of the attack on the Capitol.
In its recommendations, the Jan. 6 committee urged the Senate to pass the Election Counting Act, which the House has already passed. The act would confirm that the vice president does not have the power or discretion to reject an official list of presidential electors submitted by the governors of their states.
The panel also said that courts and bar disciplinary bodies that regulate the conduct of lawyers “should continue to evaluate the conduct of lawyers described in this report”.
“Lawyers should not have the discretion to use their law licenses to undermine the constitutional and statutory process for the peaceful transfer of power in our government,” the report said.
In a recommendation titled “Violent Extremism,” the report said that “Federal agencies with intelligence and security missions, including the Secret Service, should … move forward with the whole-of-government strategy-
to combat the threat of violent activity posed by all extremist groups, including white nationalist groups and violent anti-government groups, while respecting the First Amendment civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens.
The January 6th panel has already started shares his evidence with The DOJ, which last month appointed a special adviser to investigate whether Trump or others illegally interfered with the transition of power to Biden.
Without Trump’s encouragement, the Jan. 6 riot“would never happen,” committee chairman Rep. Benny Thompson, D-Miss., said in an interview earlier Thursday on MSNBC. “It would be the normal handover that we do every four years when there’s a presidential election . “
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but under no circumstances destroy City Hall or the courthouse and, God forbid, the United States Capitol,” Thompson said. “It was just something that I think was beyond imagination for most Americans … And there are still a lot of people who can’t fathom why our people would do that.”
The report comes weeks after that Trump announced that he will run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
Both the Justice Department and the House investigation are focused on, among other things, the events of January 6, 2021, when hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol and forced lawmakers and Pence to flee the chambers of Congress .
The invasion disrupted a joint session of Congress held to confirm Biden’s victory in the Electoral College.
Pence, who presided over that session, resisted pressure from Trump and others to refuse to accept the Electoral College slate of several swing states that had given Biden his victory.
The House committee has interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses, including those of Trump’s White House aides and lawyers, several of his grown children and close allies. The panel also collected hundreds of thousands of documents as part of its investigation.
Trump spread false claims of election fraud before and after the 2020 election and continued numerous attempts to reverse his loss to Biden in the weeks after Election Day. His public campaign to do so culminated in a rally outside the White House on January 6, 2021, where he called on the crowd to march with him to the Capitol to pressure Congress to overturn the election results.
Trump never marched on the Capitol, but instead spent hours at the White House as his supporters attacked police inside and outside the Capitol and stormed the halls of Congress. Trump did not publicly call on the crowd to leave the Capitol until late afternoon that day, despite calls from senior White House officials to do so.
“You are the commander in chief. You have an attack on the Capitol of the United States of America and there is nothing?” Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before a House committee.
“No call? Nothing? Zero?” Milly added.
In its vote on Monday, the committee referred Trump to the DOJ for potential prosecution on four counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and inciting sedition.
Separately, a Georgia state grand jury is gathering evidence for a criminal investigation of Trump by the Fulton County district attorney’s office into his attempt to get election officials in Georgia to overturn Biden’s election victory in that state.
Trump is also the subject of a criminal investigation by the Justice Department into the removal of government documents, some of them top secret, from the White House when he left office.
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