According to US politicians, Donald Trump was involved in a “multiple-part conspiracy” that sought to reverse the lawful results for the 2020 presidential election.
The January 6th House of Representatives committee issued its final report. It was based on interviews with more than 1000 witnesses, 10 hearings, and millions of documents.
The 18-month-long investigation by seven Democrats and two Republicans into the insurrection at US Capitol on January 6, 2021, amounted to over 814 pages.
The evidence led them to a clear conclusion: January 6th was caused by one man, ex-President Donald Trump, who many others followed.
“None the events of January 6th would’ve happened without him.”
The investigation revealed the actions of Mr Trump in the weeks preceding the insurrection, as well as how his campaign to reverse his election loss influenced those involved.
It stated that between Joe Biden’s election win and the certification of that victory, Mr Trump or his close circle “engaged at least 200 apparent acts in public or private outreach pressure or condemnation, targeting either state legislatures or state or local elections administrators to overturn state electoral results.”
The report stated that Donald Trump refused to accept lawful results of the 2020 election, despite knowing that he and his supporters had lost dozens upon dozens of election lawsuits.
Trump plotted to reverse the election result, rather than honoring his constitutional obligation to “take care of the laws being faithfully executed”.
In an attempt to get his desired results, Trump had reportedly pressured federal officials, states and politicians, as well as Mike Pence (his vice-president).
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They claimed that his claims of voter fraud were spread widely on social media. This was in addition to the distrust of government that he fostered over his four years as president.
He did not stop his followers from violently taking matters into their own hands.
According to the report, it took 187 minutes for Mr Trump to finish his speech encouraging his supporters to march to the Capitol and to make his first attempt to get the rioters dispersed. He did this while reassuring them that “We love, you’re very unique.”
Many of his staff pleaded with the president to speak up, but he refused.
Although the report did mention some shortcomings in law enforcement and intelligence agencies, it stated that these were not responsible for the insurrection.
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Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the committee, stated in a preface to the report that “The president of America inciting a mob march on the Capitol to impede the workof Congress is not something our intelligence and law enforcement community envisioned for this nation.”
The report suggests that Congress establish a mechanism to evaluate whether to ban individuals mentioned in the report from any future state or federal office.
The panel also recommended that the Justice Department investigate the former president for four crimes, including aiding insurrection. However, these referrals do not have legal standing.
Trump described the report as “highly partisan” & “witch hunting”.
He wrote on his Truth Social platform: “The highly-partisan Unselect Committee Report deliberately fails to mention the failure by Pelosi for troops to be used to protect DC. Show the “Peacefully, Patrioticly” words that I used or study the cause of the protest, Election Fraud. WITCH HUNT!