The House Jan. 6 committee’s final report urges Congress to consider banning Donald Trump from ever holding public office again, as it accused him of a criminal conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
The panel released its 845-page report on Thursday evening, detailing 200 ways in which Trump and his allies tried to pressure officials into overturning state results.
The former president quickly dismissed the findings – the result of interviews with more than 1000 witnesses – as a ‘witch hunt’.
He tried to shift blame, claiming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had ignored his recommendation for troops to be in used in Washington, D.C. — a claim repeatedly rejected by fact checkers.
‘The highly partisan Unselect Committee Report purposely fails to mention the failure of Pelosi to heed my recommendation for troops to be used in D.C., show the ‘Peacefully and Patrioticly’ words I used, or study the reason for the protest, Election Fraud,’ he wrote on Truth Social with a characteristic display of capital letters and misspellings. ‘WITCH HUNT!’
The committee’s final report lays the blame on Trump and says Congress should consider setting up a mechanism to ensure he can never hold power again.
‘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 Committee believes that those who took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and then, on January 6th, engaged ininsurrection can appropriately be disqualified and barred from holding government office—whether federal or state, civilian or military …’ it concludes.