Capitol storming committee completes its work and hopes to issue final report before Christmas

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Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson. – ROD LAMKEY / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTOE

The parliamentary committee investigating the assault on the U.S. Capitol has announced that it has completed its work and hopes to make all transcripts and findings public in a final report before the Christmas vacations, according to its chairman, Bennie Thompson.

Along with the final report «we plan to make available transcripts and other materials» through «a digital version that the public will be able to access,» Thompson said, although some of these statements will not reveal the name of the person appearing due to «pre-established agreements».

This special committee of the House of Representatives has put an end this week to the appearances of witnesses, the last to appear being two people close to former President Donald Trump, as his former adviser Kellyanne Conway, or the former chief of staff, Tony Ornato.

In recent weeks, inquiries have intensified about the involvement that Trump may have had on January 6, 2021, when a large mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington to stop the transfer of presidential power after the triumph of Joe Biden in the elections.

According to sources within the commission accessed by NBC News, the final report due before the Christmas vacation would focus primarily on Trump’s role in that rather than on the failures of the FBI and other government agencies in security prior to the attack.

The committee’s intention is to release its final report before the January inauguration of the new Congress, in which Republicans will have control of the House of Representatives, where its expected new speaker, Kevin McCarthy, has asked Thompson to keep all the accumulated documentation.

Democrats fear that with the change of power there will be an attempt to rewrite what happened and Thompson has already made it clear that McCarthy is free to continue with the process but as far as the committee he chairs is concerned, his role ends on December 31.

Since it was formed in 2021, the committee, made up mostly of Democrats and two Republican mavericks, has conducted more than a thousand interviews and received hundreds of thousands of documents, including reports, transcripts and records, in addition to holding dozens of public hearings and subpoenaing a hundred witnesses.

Among those who did appear to testify are Trump’s children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka; his son-in-law Jared Kushner; his former lawyer and one of the main defenders of the theory of electoral fraud, Rudy Giuliani; and some senior officials of his administration, such as former Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Clark, or former Vice President Mike Pence.