The chair of the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol says the body of the final report is almost ready and should be released before Christmas.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters that the committee’s report won’t be ready before Congress is scheduled to leave for the month of December 16, but that there is a “good chance” that it will be ready before Christmas will come out.
Interviews for the more than year-long investigation concluded this week after the panel heard from Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos; Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to then-President Trump; and Tony Ornato, the former Secret Service agent who served as the White House deputy chief of staff.
It has not yet been decided whether the committee will hold another full hearing with witnesses and video presentations, but the committee must meet publicly to approve the report, which could serve as a vehicle for a discussion of the findings.
The committee will disband later this year and is unlikely to be re-formed when Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) declined to attend after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) rejected his recommendations for Republican committee members.
The report will be eight chapters long and the panel could release hundreds of testimonies — namely those for which the committee has promised no privacy — along with other raw information, Thompson said. The committee collected more than 1,000 statements and hundreds of thousands of other documents, including emails, text messages and cell phone recordings.
In an interview with Politico, Thompson said he expects a large body of evidence all at once, not a slow introduction.
The committee has not indicated whether text or video of the statements will be made available, or whether it will release the vast amounts of footage collected during the investigation and used during the hearings.
The statements and video could provide a wealth of information for the FBI’s investigation into the actions of Trump and those around him on Jan. 6, 2021, as well as the more than 1,000 additional rioters the agency has predicted will be there will be charged. Despite requests for access, the committee refused to share information with the Justice Department while conducting its investigation.
Citizen detectives, who help identify people who have illegally entered the Capitol, and journalists, who try to provide context for the attack, are also busy combing through the raw materials.
Thompson said the final report will include topics beyond Trump’s role in the Capitol attack, including information not previously released. Thompson’s comments appear to contradict a Washington Post article about staff frustration that the final report would largely focus on Trump.
“The body of the report is complete and there is general agreement on that,” Thompson said.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) told CNN’s Dana Bash Sunday that committee members are deliberating on the content of the report and “what is beyond the scope of our investigation.”
“I want our report to be as broad and comprehensive as possible,” he said.
A subcommittee of attorneys serving on the panel is expected to decide this week whether to recommend criminal charges to the Justice Department, including witness tampering, contempt of Congress and perjury for those accused of lying to the committee. Any referrals will be separate from the release of the final report, Thompson said.
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