In its final report, released on Thursday (December 22), the January 6 Committee asserted former President Donald Trump had engaged in a “multi-part conspiracy” to overturn the 2020 Presidential election.
The Committee’s Chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), wrote in the foreword that Trump “lit the fire” that led to the catastrophic events of January 6.
The 845-page report is the result of an 18-month investigation that spanned over 1,000 witnesses, more than one million pages of documents, and ten public hearings, to conclude that one man was at fault for the January 6 insurrection: Trump.
The Committee’s efforts enabled it to reveal — in vivid detail — the events that led to the January 6 insurrection and, more importantly, how Trump was central to all these events.
The pool of witnesses, which included law enforcement, rioters, and some of Trump’s closest aides, painted a picture that the former President’s actions were “premeditated.”
The report detailed Trump’s actions in the weeks leading up to the Capitol riot and the extent to which his efforts fueled rioters pushing passed the U.S. Capitol Police, smashing the Capitol’s windows and doors to carry out their efforts to stop Congress from certifying the election results.
In 659 pages, the report mentions Trump 1,569 times.
Although its initial purpose was to ascertain how to avoid another insurrection, the report homed in on Trump’s actions naming him as the “one man” responsible for the incident and suggesting holding him accountable would drastically reduce future attempts.