Jan. 6 report: Read the full executive summary here
The House select committee on Monday released the first part of its sprawling final report stemming from its 18-month investigation into the events surrounding the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
In its 154-page executive summary, the panel concluded that former President Donald Trump purposely disseminated false allegations of fraud related to the 2020 election as part of his plot to overturn it. The former president “corruptly pressured” Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to count electoral votes during the joint session Congress on Jan. 6 “despite knowing that such an action would be illegal” and unlawfully pressured federal, state and local officials to aid him in his efforts to block the peaceful transfer of power.
“Based on false allegations that the election was stolen, Donald Trump summoned tens of thousands of supporters to Washington,” the report states. “Although these supporters were angry and some were armed, Donald Trump instructed them to march to the Capitol on January 6th to ‘take back’ their country.
“Knowing that a violent attack on the Capitol was underway and knowing that his words would incite further violence, Donald Trump purposely sent a social media message publicly condemning Vice President Pence at 2:24 p.m.,” the report continues. “Knowing that violence was underway at the Capitol, and despite his duty to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed, Donald Trump refused repeated requests over a multiple hour period that he instruct his violent supporters to disperse and leave the Capitol, and instead watched the violent attack unfold on television.”
“Each of these actions by Donald Trump was taken in support of a multi-part conspiracy to overturn the lawful results of the 2020 presidential election,” it concludes.
The rest of the report is expected to be published in the coming days.
Its release comes just weeks before Republicans, who have criticized the Jan. 6 committee’s probe, take control of the chamber.