After nine public hearings and interviews with hundreds of witnesses, the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol has released its final report.
Jan. 6 committee Chairman Bennie Thompson had initially said the committee would be releasing the voluminous final report Wednesday, but the panel released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying the report’s release would be delayed until Thursday.
Instead, the committee on Wednesday released the transcripts of interviews of 34 witnesses who were interviewed as part of the sprawling 17-month probe.
Among those witnesses whose testimony was released were former President Donald Trump’s one-time national security adviser Michael Flynn, Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio, Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, Infowars host Alex Jones, onetime Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, and Trump-backed attorneys John Eastman and Jenna Ellis.
Most of the transcripts contained responses from the witnesses invoking their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
The committee on Monday released a 160-page summary with an overview of its findings, which identified former President Donald Trump as the “central cause” of the Jan. 6 attack.
The panel said it would make multiple criminal referrals to the Department of Justice on at least four charges against Trump in connection to his actions surrounding the riot at the Capitol.
The committee said it would also be referring to Eastman, who drafted a plan for Trump to cling to power by falsely claiming then-Vice President Mike Pence could reject legitimate electors during the Jan. 6 certification of the vote, to the DOJ on multiple charges.
The referrals, however, are viewed as largely symbolic. The DOJ is not obligated to act on them, and the department has been conducting its own investigation into the events of Jan. 6.
The committee presented its conclusions as 17 findings, including that Trump knew his actions “would be illegal” when he pressured Pence to “refuse to count electoral votes”; that Trump “unlawfully” pressured state officials and legislatures to overturn the election; that he “oversaw an effort to obtain and transmit false electoral certificates to Congress and the National Archives”; and that he never ordered the deployment of the National Guard once the attack was underway.
The committee also said at least four sitting Republican members of Congress would be referred to the House Ethics Committee for “appropriate sanction,” including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Rep Scott Perry, R-PA, and Rep Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.
Trump has dismissed the work of the committee, mocking it as the “Unselect Committee” and calling it a “political witch hunt.”
Thompson has said that the full Jan. 6 report will be posted online.
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