Executive Summary Summary
The Select Committee released its 150 page Executive Summary after it adjourned yesterday which highlights what is covered in the 1,000 page final report that comes out tomorrow.
From the summary: “House Resolution 503 instructed the Select Committee to ‘investigate and report upon the facts, circumstances, and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex’ and to ‘issue a final report’ containing ‘findings, conclusions, and recommendations for corrective measures.’ The Select Committee has conducted nine public hearings, presenting testimony from more than 70 witnesses. In structuring our investigation and hearings, we began with President Trump’s contentions that the election was stolen and took testimony from nearly all of the President’s principal advisors on this topic. We focused on the rulings of more than 60 Federal and State courts rejecting President Trump’s and his supporters’ efforts to reverse the electoral outcome.”
The committee recommended 2 more possible charges against Trump that they didn’t mention in the public meeting yesterday: seditious conspiracy and conspiring to prevent law enforcement from doing their duties.
Trump obstructed justice by contacting witnesses personally before they testified to threaten them with retaliation or bribe them with promises of jobs and financial comfort. He paid for some of them to hire attorneys so they’d be indebted to him. Witness tampering and intimidation weren’t among the 6 recommendations the Select Committee made to the DOJ.
Witnesses were listed by name. 59 Republicans and 1 Democrat. More than 30 people pleaded the fifth. Others “didn’t recall” an awful lot, and some were outright combative. Those who were cooperative were acknowledged by name. Detailed transcripts will be released with the final report tomorrow.
The committee recognizes that a lot of arrests and convictions have been made so far but with the exception of the recent Oath Keepers convictions they have all been lower level crimes. The committee believes that it is imperative that those at the top who planned and incited the violence and coup be prosecuted. If Trump isn’t prosecuted then it will be a green light for the next Trump to give it another try and succeed.
Traitors who were called out by name in the summary are (in order): Trump, John Eastman, Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon, Jenna Ellis, Phil Waldron, Michael Flynn, Senator Ron Johnson, Senator Mike Kelly, Jeffrey Clark, Sidney Powell, Proud Boys Enrique Tarrio, Joseph Biggs, and Ethan Nordean, Oath Keepers Stewart Rhodes, Kelly Meggs, Joshua James, and Brian Ulrich, Mike Lindell, Tony Ornato, House members Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan, Scott Perry, Andy Biggs, and Matt Gaetz.
Trump pressured the vice president of the United States and both state and federal elected officials to break the law. Those who refused to comply were targeted by the president of the United States who publicized their personal contact information so his followers would show up at their houses and threaten them, or text, call and email to harass them.
Trump tried to use the Department of Justice to help him stay in power. On a phone call with Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Deputy AG Richard Donoghue on December 27, he told them, “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican Congressmen.”
The attack on the Capitol was Trump’s last attempt to stay in power. Everything else failed — claims of faulty voting machines, frivolous lawsuits, fake electors scam, coercing Mike Pence to declare Trump the winner, and asking officials to “find” more votes. None of that worked so he orchestrated a violent attack thinking he could just walk in and take over like Mussolini did.