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Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol

The Final Report on the Capitol Insurrection That Shook America

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The January 6th Report by the Select Committee investigates the attack on the U.S. Capitol and provides insight into the events leading up to the insurrection. The report sheds light on how white supremacy, misinformation, and political rhetoric fueled the violence.

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    January 6, 2021, was a uniquely shameful day in US history which warranted a comprehensive congressional investigation.

    To get the full picture, we need to go back a couple months.

    On November 3, 2020, millions of Americans went to the polls and cast their vote in one of the most consequential presidential elections in the country’s history.

    Millions more – and this is important to remember – had already voted in advance, through absentee and early voting.

    As it turned out, the Democratic challenger candidate, Joe Biden, defeated Donald Trump, the Republican who’d won in 2016. Biden won the popular vote by some seven million, and the electoral vote – the one that decides the winner – by a healthy margin of 74.

    But Trump refused to accept the result.

    The US had always prided itself on the peaceful transfer of power. But suddenly – unprecedentedly – the sitting president was refusing to concede the election.

    And he encouraged others to do the same.

    Specifically, he encouraged them to come to Washington on January 6 – the day Vice President Mike Pence would certify the election result – and make their feelings known.

    So they did. Thousands of Trump supporters, many of them armed, descended on the Capitol. They entered the building, clashed violently with police, and chanted “Hang Mike Pence.”

    Trump, meanwhile, sat in the White House and watched events unfold on TV – refusing to call the attack off for several hours. Many members of Congress, not to mention law enforcement, were in direct danger.

    The series of events was serious enough to merit a careful, detailed examination by some of the country’s top politicians – so the Special Committee was established.

    The committee itself didn’t have the legal power to arrest or charge Trump – that was never on the table. But it did make a series of detailed criminal referrals to the Department of Justice, outlining the crimes it alleged he’d committed.

    In the remaining sections, we’ll lead you through the report’s narrative, from the election itself up to the aftermath of the attack – before outlining what the committee recommended should happen next.

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    What is The January 6th Report about?

    The January 6th Report (2022) is the official Congressional report into the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. The report confirms that Donald Trump, the outgoing president, was the root cause of the attack on the Capitol, and the committee recommended that he broke numerous laws in the process and should be brought to justice.

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    The January 6th Report (2022) is a comprehensive investigation into the attack on the United States Capitol. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Packed with detailed findings and analysis, it provides a comprehensive account of the events leading up to and during the attack.
    • Backed by extensive research and testimonies from witnesses, the book offers a factual and objective overview of this historic event.
    • The report's insights and recommendations contribute to a deeper understanding of the incident and its implications for American democracy.

    Who should read The January 6th Report?

    • News addicts who were gripped by the events of January 6
    • Politics enthusiasts
    • Anyone with an interest in democracy – and its limits

    About the Author

    The Select Committee was made up of nine members of the US House of Representatives, chaired by Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, with Liz Cheney of Wyoming as vice chair.

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    What is the main message of The January 6th Report?

    The main message of The January 6th Report is to provide insight into the events and aftermath of the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol.

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    Is The January 6th Report a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The January 6th Report is a significant read for anyone interested in understanding the events of January 6th. It offers a comprehensive analysis and sheds light on the implications of the attack.

    Who is the author of The January 6th Report?

    The The January 6th Report was produced by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

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