The final report of the commission on the assault on the Capitol presents the basis for prosecuting Donald Trump


The Congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol has released its final report, setting out its argument that former US President Donald Trump faces criminal charges for inciting a riot, which resulted in casualties.

The House Select Committee also released transcripts of several of its interviews and witness testimony on Thursday and Wednesday.

The more than 800-page report is based on nearly 1,200 interviews conducted over 18 months and hundreds of thousands of documents, as well as rulings from more than 60 federal and state courts.

The document lists 17 specific findings, discusses the legal implications of the actions of Trump and some of his associates, and includes criminal referrals to Trump’s Justice Department and others, according to an executive summary released earlier this week. The report also lists legislative recommendations to help prevent another such assault.

On Monday, the committee asked federal prosecutors to charge the former Republican president on four counts, including obstruction and insurrection, saying Trump’s actions were intended to overturn the November 2020 election results and trigger the attack on the seat of government.

“Instead of honoring his constitutional obligation to ‘see that the laws are faithfully executed,’ President Trump instead conspired to overturn the election result,” the House committee said earlier in a 160-page summary of its relationship.

In comments posted on his social network Truth after the release of the final report, Trump called it “highly partisan” and a “witch hunt”. He said the document didn’t “study the reason for the protest (January 6), electoral fraud.”

The Democrat-led panel’s request to the Justice Department does not compel federal prosecutors to act, but it marks the first time in history that Congress has recommended that a former president be tried in a criminal case. Trump announced in November that he would run again for president.

Among the transcripts released Wednesday and Thursday was one that showed a former attorney for former White House adviser Cassidy Hutchinson told her to “play down” her knowledge of the events leading up to the Capitol riot, telling her “at least remember, better”.

Attorney Stefan Passantino advised Hutchinson to prepare a February statement to the jury saying he could not recall some events, Hutchinson told the jury in September, according to a transcript of his testimony.

Trump delivered a fiery speech to supporters near the White House on the morning of Jan. 6, publicly chastising his vice president, Mike Pence, for not going along with his plan to withhold ballots in favor of Democrat Joe Biden.

The former president then waited hours to make a public statement as thousands of his supporters stormed the Capitol, assaulting police and threatening to lynch Pence.

The 2020 election results were ratified by Pence and other lawmakers as the Capitol came under fire after weeks of false claims by Trump that he had won the election.

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