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See the full Jan. 6 Commission report and key new details


  • The January 6 Commission published its final report after a nearly 18-month investigation into the attack.
  • The nine-member panel, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, held a final public hearing on Monday.
  • Read the committee’s report in full, and find out about the coolest new details here.

The House Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol released its final 845-page report Thursday night after an 18-month investigation into the insurrection.


Read it all here:

The release of the report comes three days after the committee held its last public hearing on Monday, when it referred Trump to the Justice Department on four criminal counts, including obstructing and inciting an insurrection.

Rep. Benny Thompson, who chairs the committee, said earlier this week that the committee will continue to release insensitive witness interviews through the end of the year before dissolving the committee before the new Congress convenes.

Here’s a list of the coolest, cool new details:

  • Big fundraisers after losing an election: The committee found that Trump raised “a quarter of a billion dollars” between the election and the events of January 6. As the report notes, fundraising requests during this period repeatedly pointed to unproven, non-existent examples of election fraud. In total, Trump and the FNC sent out millions of emails in this time period spreading the word that the election was “rigged.” (page 53)
  • New texts: As the riots broke out, senior Trump officials began venting privately about the president’s speech and their role in shaping it. According to the committee’s report, Trump’s speechwriter Gabrielle Robert texted someone at 2:49 p.m., “POTOS sure likes this.” The next day, Patrick McDonnell, another member of the speech writing team, acknowledged Trump’s speech “might have done better”. (page 624)
  • Four Seasons Total Landscape mentioned: The bizarre press conference that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani gave on November 7, 2020, at a landscaping firm in Philadelphia gets a brief mention in the report. “The next day, November 7th, Giuliani held a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel Total Landscape in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He immediately began making outlandish claims, arguing that the Democrats had conspired to steal the election,” the committee wrote. A Getty Image photo of Giuliani addressing reporters at the company located across the street from a cremation center and next to an adult bookstore was also included in the report’s executive summary. (Pages 234-235)

Rudy Giuliani speaks at a lectern in an unpaved parking lot at a landscaping company in Pennsylvania with some people behind him

The House Select Committee included in this photo of Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, giving a press conference in the back parking lot of the Four Seasons Hotel Total Landscaping on November 7, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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  • The Trump team has learned that the claim that 10,000 dead people voted in Georgia is untrue – Some messages joking about. “My son found 12 obituaries and 6 other possible ones depending on the accuracy of the voter list [sic]Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sent a text message about the allegation. White House senior adviser Eric Hirschman replied, “It sounds more like that. Maybe he can help Rudy find another 10k?? “Reply from Meadows?” lol” (page 230)
  • “Rudy Walks Malpractice”: Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah sent a text message to Robert O’Brien, the national security adviser, late on the night of Jan. 6 saying he had just received an audio message from Giuliani. In the text, he wrote to me: “You can’t make this up.” “I just received this voice message [from] Rudy Giuliani, who apparently thought he was calling Senator Tuberville, said, “You have to listen to that message. Rudy walks with bad practices.”

  • The Secret Service agent worried that “I don’t know how they’re going to get the Capitol back” as Trump supporters flooded the building: At 2:38 p.m. on Jan. 6, Trump sent out a tweet urging his supporters — who stormed the Capitol and were outside the House chamber — to “support the Capitol Police and Law Enforcement.” The committee noted that in the minutes before Trump posted the tweet, Fox News reported that the Capitol was locked down, that police officers were injured, and that rioters were in the building “within feet of the House chamber.” At 2:39 p.m., one minute after Trump sent the tweet, Secret Service agents said, “[m]entered or. “
  • A senior FBI official directed the Baltimore team to the Capitol after learning that “nearly the entire Senate” was sheltering in one room: FBI Deputy Director David Bowditch told the committee that he received a phone call from Virginia Sen. Mark Warner as the riot was unfolding, in which Warner said, “This is a mess, and we now have the vast majority of the Senate in one chamber.” Which was about 87 senators, and that he directed the FBI’s Baltimore team to protect that room, admitting you have almost the entire Senate in one room.”
  • The Trump 2020 campaign manager locked Giuliani out of his office: Bill Stepien testified that he was so uncomfortable with Giuliani’s post-election antics that he told his aide not to let the former mayor into his office. “I told her, don’t let anyone in,” Stepien testified. “You know, I’ll be around when I need to be around. You know, tell me what I need to know. Tell me what’s going on here, but, you know, you’ll see a little bit of me. You know, sure, you know, Mayor Giuliani tried, You know, walking into my office and telling her to open the door, and she didn’t, you know, she’s smart about it.”
  • The lobbying campaign on state lawmakers was in full force: The Select Committee estimates that in the past two months between the November election and the January 6 uprising, President Trump or his inner circle engaged in at least 200 apparent acts of public or private outreach, pressure, or condemnation targeting state legislators or state. or local election officials to overturn the results of a state election.” (pg. 271)
  • Ivanka Trump ‘visibly upset’ After several attempts to convince her father to condemn the violence. After a particularly grueling effort, she told the panel she had to visit her husband, Jared Kushner, to “regroup.” According to the report: “Once, Ivanka Trump reportedly left her father with a look on her face ‘as if she had just had a difficult conversation. ‘” Her chief of staff said she looked “visibly upset” after each visit. (page 625)
  • Trump wanted to attend the counting of electoral votes: As one witness suggested, the commission revealed that Trump wanted to participate in the electoral vote count from the House floor, “standing with Republican members of Congress, possibly in an effort to put more pressure on Vice President Mike Pence and others.” (page 153)
  • Jenny Thomas Salma: Despite sitting with the panel for nearly four hours in September, Jenny Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was not mentioned in the panel’s final report. “The information was typical of a lot of the information we received from other people involved in this effort around Jan. 6,” committee chair Benny Thomas told reporters at the time, per Politico.
  • Shredded documents: In a footnote, the report notes that the selection committee received some documents from the National Archives that were “in a form consistent with documents that were shredded and re-recorded together.” A former White House aide told the committee earlier that he personally witnessed Trump “shred” documents, which is a violation of the Presidential Records Act. (page 502)
  • Drama RNC Email Fundraiser: Ethan Katz, a young staffer in his 20s who wrote copy for the fundraising emails, is said to have felt uncomfortable with the language used by the Trump fundraising team and asked why the campaign was asking to stop counting votes in some states and continue counting. in others. The report notes that Katz put his foot down, refusing to write a fundraising email saying Trump won Pennsylvania before calling the state. The report noted that the RNC simply found another copywriter to do the job, and fired Katz three weeks after the election concluded. (pp. 798-782)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional details since it was published.