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Jan. 6 committee releases final report on Capitol riot

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The House select committee investigating last year’s Jan. 6 Capitol riot released its long-anticipated final report on Thursday night that accused former President Donald Trump of engaging in a criminal “multi-part conspiracy” to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

The 814-page report, nearly 18-months in the making, also contends that the 76-year-old former president failed to act to stop his supporters from attacking the Capitol Building as lawmakers worked to certify Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

“’The central cause of January 6th was one man, former President Donald Trump, who many others followed,” reads the report. “None of the events of January 6th would have happened without him.”

The findings in the report are based on information gleaned from the more than 1,000 interviews conducted by the panel, as well as the emails, text messages, and phone records obtained by investigators over the course of their investigation.

The panel, in another notable conclusion, found that Trump and his allies engaged in some 200 acts targeting state legislators or state and local election officials attempting to overturn the 2020 election results.

The report, nearly 18-months in the making, is based on the information gleaned from the more than 1,000 interviews.
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“The Select Committee estimates that in the two months between the November election and the January 6th insurrection, President Trump or his inner circle engaged in at least 200 apparent acts of public or private outreach, pressure, or condemnation, targeting either State legislators or State or local election administrators, to overturn State election results,” the report notes.

One of those who Trump sought to reach out to was Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The report claims that Trump “badgered Raffensperger to overturn the Georgia results,” attempting to contact him more than a dozen times before the infamous Jan. 2, 2021 phone call in which the then president ordered him to “find” more than 11,000 votes.  

“By January 2nd, the President had tried to speak by phone with Raffensperger at least 18 times,” the report notes.

One of the three forward’s in the final report was penned by outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who thanked committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Vice Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) for their “roadmap for justice.”

The report is divided into eight chapters, with one titled, "The big lie."
The report is divided into eight chapters, with one titled, “The big lie.”
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“We owe a debt of gratitude to Chairman Bennie Thompson, Vice Chair Liz Cheney, the patriotic Members of Congress and dedicated staff—who devoted themselves to this investigation, to uncovering the truth and to writing a report that is a ‘Roadmap for Justice,’” Pelosi writes.

The report is divided into eight chapters, with some titled, “The big lie,” “I just want to find 11,780 votes,” “Be there, will be wild!” and “A coup in search of a legal theory.”

The report notes that several Trump campaign advisers, including Campaign Manager William Stepien, Deputy Campaign Manager and Senior Counsel Justin Clark, and Trump attorney Rudolph Giuliani, told the committee that there was a state-focused “strategy” or “track” to challenge the 2020 election results, and that it was hatched soon after Trump’s election returns started to look grim for the incumbent.

“You know, in the days after election day, later in that first week, bleeding into the second, as our numbers and data looked bleaker, internally we knew that,” Stepien told the Select Committee of when the concept was first being conceived. “As the AP [Associated Press] called the race, I think some surrounding the President were looking for different avenues to pursue.”

One of the three forward’s in the final report was penned by outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
One of the three forward’s in the final report was penned by outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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According to the report, Donald Trump Jr. reached out to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows two days after the election with the suggestion that “State Assemblies can step in and vote to put forward the electoral slate[,] Republicans control Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, etc. we get Trump electors” and so “we either have a vote WE control and WE win OR it gets kicked to Congress 6 January …”

To which Meadows responded: “Working on this for pa, ga and nc already.”

Deputy Assistant to the President for Policy, Strategy and Speechwriting Vince Haley was also exploring this plan in the days after the election, according to the report.

“. . . Imagine if every red state legislature slated zero electors. It would reveal that we are a red country. To do this we would have to jack this to the nth degree as a battle of tribes,” Haley posited in texts in emails.

Haley also told  Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel Johnny McEntee that pushing election fraud claims was extremely important for the plan to work.

“Election fraud was ‘only one rationale for slating Trump electors,’ Haley told McEntee, and ‘[w]e should baldly assert’ that State legislators ‘have the constitutional right to substitute their judgment for a certified majority of their constituents’ if that prevents socialism.”

“Independent of the fraud—or really along with that argument—Harrisburg [Pennsylvania], Madison [Wisconsin], and Lansing [Michigan] do not have to sit idly by and submit themselves to rule by Beijing and Paris,” Haley told McEntee, suggesting that radio hosts “rally the grassroots to apply pressure to the weak kneed legislators in those states . . .”

To which McEntee replied “Yes!” followed by, “Let’s find the contact info for all these people now.”

On Monday the committee released the 154-page-long executive summary of the final report, previewing most of the panel’s findings. On the same day, the committee referred four criminal charges to the Department of Justice, accusing the former commander in chief of insurrection, conspiracy to defraud the US, and obstruction of an act of Congress. 

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