This week, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack released its much-anticipated final report on its findings — and voted to refer former President Trump to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution.
Many of the committee’s conclusions had already been previewed during the months of public hearings. This included its finding that Trump had corruptly pressured state officials, the Justice Department, and Vice President Pence to abet his effort to overturn his election loss — despite being told by several top advisers that his claims of widespread fraud were false.
A major focus of the committee’s investigation was the scheme — which the committee said Trump “oversaw” — to submit fake electoral slates to prevent the congressional certification of Biden’s electoral win.
The committee also highlighted Trump’s failure to call for an end to the violence on the afternoon of Jan. 6, refusing repeated requests that he tell his supporters to peacefully leave the Capitol, as well as his failure to direct deployment of the National Guard.
In the days before the full report’s publication on Thursday night, new facts came to light when the committee released more than three dozen witness transcripts.
Trump’s attempt to overturn democracy wasn’t the only glaring spotlight on him this week. The House Ways and Means Committee voted to publicly release the former president’s long-obscured tax returns.