January 27, 2023

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot said in its final report that ex-President Donald Trump should be barred from holding office

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot said in its final report that ex-President Donald Trump should not be allowed to run for new office (Photo: AP)

Former President Donald Trump should never be allowed to stay in office again, the panel investigating the U.S. Capitol uprising concluded in its massive final report.

The 845-page report released by the House Select Committee late Thursday found that Trump inspired his followers to join the violent uprising as he attempted to remain president even though he lost the 2020 election.

It recommends that Congress ban Trump from running for office again. The report cites the 14th Amendment, which does not allow individuals to participate in an “insurgency” or “aid and comfort to the enemies” of the Constitution.

The report also concluded that Trump was the “central cause” of the uprising at the Capitol.

The Jan. 6 commission concluded ex-President Donald Trump was the

The Jan. 6 committee concluded that ex-President Donald Trump was the “central cause” of the U.S. Capitol uprising (Photo: House select committee)

“That evidence has led to a decisive and uncomplicated conclusion: The central cause of January 6 was one man, former President Donald Trump, whom many others followed,” the report states. “None of the events of January 6 would have happened without him.”

Another key finding was that Trump and his inner circle committed “at least 200 clear acts of public or private assistance, pressure or condemnation” against election officials or lawmakers in an attempt to overturn significant state election results.

According to the report, Trump and his allies engaged in 68 meetings, connected or attempted phone calls or text messages, and 125 social media posts in the press campaign.

The ex-president “sharpened outreach to numerous officials in states he lost but had GOP-led legislatures, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona,” the report states.

The committee, which is days away from dissolution, held its last meeting Monday and sent four criminal references against Trump to the Justice Department. The charges it referred were: obstruction of official congressional proceedings, conspiracy to defraud the US, knowingly and intentionally making material false statements to the federal government, and aiding an insurrection.

After 18 months and more than 1,000 interviews and a million papers, the commission has shared its findings with the Justice Department, which recently appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith.

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