The bipartisan House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot finally released its full report on Thursday after a sweeping investigation that spanned 18 months, and included more than 1,000 interviews, 11 public hearings, and six criminal referrals.
Read the committee’s full report here.
In releasing their executive summary on Monday, the committee already announced what was expected to be the report’s biggest bombshell: a recommendation that the Department of Justice charge Donald Trump for inciting or assisting an insurrection, obstructing an official proceeding, and committing conspiracy to defraud the federal government. The panel also urged the DOJ to charge Trump lawyer John Eastman.
Many of the investigation’s most jaw-dropping revelations came out during public hearings, including evidence that Trump knew the crowd at the Capitol was armed, his unprecedented push to install mid-level DOJ attorney Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general to help keep him in power, and White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s stunning claim that Trump tried to strangle a Secret Service agent while demanding he be driven to the Capitol mid-riot.
In the past 18 months, Congress referred four more Trump loyalists to the DOJ for contempt of Congress charges after they ignored subpoenas from the committee: former White House strategist Steve Bannon, former economics advisor Peter Navarro, former social media guru Dan Scavino and former chief of staff Mark Meadows. The feds ended up charging Bannon, who was found guilty, and Navarro, whose prosecution is ongoing.
This breaking story will be updated.