Crime & Justice

Jan. 6 committee publishes final report on Capitol assault

Washington, Dec 22 (EFE).- The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the United States Capitol released its final report Thursday night, after recommending that the Justice Department investigate former President Donald Trump for his role in the incident.

The more than 850-page report details the exhaustive investigation the panel conducted over the past 18 months to try to unravel events that led hundreds of Trump supporters to attack the House of Congress to try to stop President Joe Biden’s confirmation.

As part of this investigation, legislators conducted interviews with more than 1,000 people, some broadcast on prime-time television.

One of the most publicized was the one made to Cassidy Hutchinson, who was an assistant to former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and who said the former president knew many protesters carried weapons and that he even tried to grab the steering wheel of the presidential limousine to go to the Capitol

On Thursday, hours before the publication of the final report, the committee also published new transcripts of its interviews with Hutchinson in which the young woman said her first lawyer, from Trump’s entourage, tried to convince her to hide information from investigators.

She also said several people close to the former president promised him “a great job in the Trump world.”

The committee announced its decision Monday to recommend to the US Department of Justice that it investigate Donald Trump for his role on Jan. 6, 2021, adding that none of what happened that day would have taken place without his involvement.

Legislators said the former president is guilty of four crimes: incitement to insurrection, obstruction of an official procedure of congress, attempted fraud against the US and conspiracy to present false electoral testimony to congress and the National Archives.

His recommendations are non-binding. The committee does not have the power to charge and the Justice Department is already carrying out its own investigation. But the accusation has an important symbolic charge: it is the first time a parliamentary committee has suggested holding a former president criminally responsible. EFE


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