WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – A congressional panel investigating the Jan. 22. The Feb. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol released its final report late Thursday outlining the case in which former U.S. President Donald Trump should face criminal charges for inciting a deadly riot.
The House Select Committee also released transcripts of some interviews and witness testimony on Thursday and early Wednesday.
The more than 800-page report is based on nearly 1,200 interviews and hundreds of thousands of documents over an 18-month period, as well as rulings from more than 60 federal and state courts.
According to an executive summary released earlier this week, the report lays out 17 specific findings, discusses the legal implications of the actions of Trump and some of his associates, and includes Trump’s referral of criminal cases to the Justice Department. Pu and other individuals. The report also lays out legislative recommendations to help prevent such attacks from happening again.
On Monday, the committee asked federal prosecutors to charge the Republican former president with four counts, including obstruction and insurrection, for what they say was an effort to overturn the results of the November 2020 election and spark attacks on the seat of government.
“President Trump failed in his constitutional duty to ‘ensure that the laws are faithfully enforced,’ and conspired to overturn the election results,” the House panel said earlier in a 160-page summary of the report.
Trump called it “highly partisan” and a “witch hunt” in comments posted on his Truth Social network after the final report was released. He said it had failed to “study the causes of the (January 6) protests, election fraud”.
The request to the Justice Department by the Democratic-led panel did not compel federal prosecutors to take action, but marked the first time in history that Congress brought a former president to criminal charges. Trump announced in November that he would run for president again.
In transcripts released Wednesday and Thursday, a former lawyer for former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson told her to “downplay” what she knew about the events leading up to the Capitol riot, telling her “The less you remember, the better.”
Attorney Stefan Passantino told the committee in September that she advised Hutchinson to prepare to testify before the panel in February that she did not recall certain events, according to a transcript of her testimony.
On the morning of Jan. 1, Trump delivered a fiery speech to his supporters near the White House. 6, and publicly rebuked his Vice President Mike Pence for not following through on his plan to refuse to vote for Democrat Joe Biden.
The former president waited hours to make a public statement as thousands of his supporters rampaged through the Capitol, attacking police and threatening to hang Pence.
As the 2020 election results are being proved by Pence and lawmakers, the Capitol was attacked weeks after Trump lied about winning the election.
Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell
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