January 6th committee releases its report just before Christmas, Trump responds

The January 6th committee has released an 850-page report summarizing the results of its politically charged investigation of the Capitol “insurrection,” days after recommending criminal charges against President Trump.

The report contains precious little new information that wasn’t already showcased in the committee’s sensational, made-for-TV hearings.

January 6th report released

Much like the bombastic, lengthy, and much-mythologized Mueller report, the January 6th report’s significance lies not in the report itself, few of whom will bother reading, but the message the report sends.

The committee made its aims very clear by calling for Trump to be barred from public office for “insurrection.”

On Monday, the committee asked the Biden Justice Department to bring criminal charges against Trump, Biden’s chief political rival.

Like the committee has long done, their ponderous report draws broad connections between the January 6th riot and Trump’s “Big Lie” about the 2020 election, but it never gets around to providing direct evidence that Trump caused the violence.

Instead, the committee spends hundreds of pages arguing that Trump incited an “insurrection” by energizing his supporters with passionate rhetoric about a stolen election. It also accuses Trump of failing to act promptly to stop the riot once it started.

Report leaves big gaps

The report also leaves significant questions unanswered. The report does not acknowledge the presence of federal informants in militia groups that went to the Capitol, nor does it mention the mysterious Ray Epps, the man who was seen egging on protesters to “go into the Capitol” the day before the riot.

Trump dismissed the “highly partisan” committee’s work as misleading and incomplete in a post on Truth Social.

“The highly partisan Unselect Committee Report purposefully fails to mention the failure of Pelosi to heed my recommendation for troops to be used in D.C., show the “Peacefully and Patrioticly [sic]” words I used, or study the reason for the protest, Election Fraud. WITCH HUNT!” he wrote.

 

“Witch hunt” goes on

The report also downplays Trump’s urging for supporters to remain “peaceful” before and during the riot, and does not consider, as even some liberals have conceded, that Trump’s fiery language leading up to the riot was protected political speech.

House Republicans released their own report Wednesday blaming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) for security failures. Pelosi had rejected the Republicans’ picks to serve on the January 6th committee, leaving only two vocally anti-Trump partisans to serve as token opposition.

While the committee may have finished, it’s passing the baton to the Biden Justice Department to continue investigating Trump, who is now a presidential candidate.