The Jan. 6th committee released its 845-page final report late Thursday, prompting an immediate clapback from former President Donald Trump.
“The highly partisan Unselect Committee Report purposely fails to mention the failure of Pelosi to heed my recommendation for troops to be used in D.C., show the ‘Peacefully and Patrioticly’ words I used, or study the reason for the protest, Election Fraud. WITCH HUNT!” he wrote on Truth Social.
The report recommends prohibiting Trump from ever holding office again on account of his and his allies’ alleged efforts “to obtain and transmit false electoral certificates to Congress and the National Archives” after the 2020 presidential election.
“[The] evidence has led to an overriding and straight forward conclusion: the central cause of January 6th was one man, former President Donald Trump, whom many others followed. None of the events of January 6th would have happened without him,” the report reads.
“The Select Committee estimates that in the two months between the November election and the January 6th insurrection, President Trump or his inner circle engaged in at least 200 apparent acts of public or private outreach, pressure, or condemnation, targeting either State legislators or State or local election administrators, to overturn State election results,” the report continues.
One attempted outreach occurred on Jan. 2nd, when the then-president called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
“During the call, President Trump went through his litany of false election-fraud claims and then asked Raffensperger to deliver him a second term by ‘finding’ just enough votes to ensure victory,” the Jan. 6th committee’s report reads.
“The President said, ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the State.’ He reiterated it several different ways: ‘fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break. You know, we have that in spades already. Or we can keep going, but that’s not fair to the voters of Georgia because they’re going to see what happened,'” the report continues.
Trump and his allies reportedly also contacted or attempted to contact “nearly 200 State legislators from battleground States … to solicit backing for possible Statehouse resolutions to overturn the election.”
And at one point, they even invited nearly 300 state legislators to participate in a private briefing with the then-president, in addition to attorneys Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman.
During the meeting, the president “urged them to exercise what he called ‘the real power’ to choose electoral votes before January 6th, because, as President Trump said on the call, ‘I don’t think the country is going to take it,'” according to the report.
None of this is necessarily new information. What is new is the apparent bombshell discovery that the original architect of the fake electors’ plan was attorney Kenneth Chesebro, not Eastman.
“Although John Eastman would have a more prominent role in advising President Trump in the days immediately before January 6th, Chesebro—an attorney based in Boston and New York recruited to assist the Trump Campaign as a volunteer legal advisor—was central to the creation of the plan,” the report states.
News: In its final report, the 1/6 committee identifies Kenneth Chesebro, NOT John Eastman, as the architect of the legally dubious fake electors plot.
Eastman had a more prominent role in advising Trump but Chesebro “was central to the creation of the plan,” per the report. pic.twitter.com/cpBq9wMwFk
— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) December 23, 2022
The report concludes with a series of recommendations, including that the former president never is allowed to hold office again.
“Under Section 3 of the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment, an individual who previously took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, but who has ‘engaged in an insurrection’ against the same, or given ‘aid or comfort to the enemies of the Constitution’ can be dis-qualified from holding future federal or state office,” the report reads.
This recommendation comes only days after the committee referred Trump to the Department of Justice for several criminal charges, including “assisting and providing aid and comfort to an insurrection.”
The report also recommends that the lawyers who worked with Trump be scrutinized as well.
“Attorneys should not have the discretion to use their law licenses to undermine the constitutional and statutory process for peace-fully transferring power in our government. The Department of Justice should also take appropriate action to prevent its attorneys from participating in campaign-related activities, or (as described in this report) activities aimed at subverting the rule of law and overturning a lawful election,” it reads.
Dovetailing back to the former president’s Truth Social post, he had a point about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ignoring his and all other Republican recommendations.
Nancy Pelosi directly implicated in House GOP report addressing J6 security failures https://t.co/QXwsNVsqur
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) December 22, 2022
As previously reported, according to a counter-report produced by a shadow committee of House Republicans, she’d been heavily involved in crafting the U.S. Capitol Police’s official Jan. 6th security response.
Indeed, documents and texts reviewed by congressional Republicans demonstrate how then-House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving had “carried out his duties in clear deference to the Speaker, her staff, and other Democratic staff.”
If anything, it was Republicans who had “no power” over the Capitol Police.
“Irving — who served on the Capitol Police Board by virtue of his position — succumbed to political pressures from the Office of Speaker Pelosi and House Democrat leadership leading up to January 6, 2021. He coordinated closely with the Speaker and her staff and left Republicans out of important discussions related to security,” the report notes.
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