After the final report of the Jan. 6 committee was released, former President Donald Trump attacked the panel Friday night. He refuted its findings that he was the one responsible for the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

Trump said of the report in a video that was posted on Truth Social that the panel did not produce a "single shred of evidence that I in any way intended or wanted violence at our Capitol." He noted that the "evidence does not exist because the claim is baseless and a monstrous lie," according to ABC News.

In the five-minute video, he repeatedly downplayed the deadly events of Jan. 6, 2021 and spoke about many unproven conspiracy theories surrounding it. It included that the Capitol's doors were "flung open for people to walk in." He said that the events of that day were "not an insurrection," and that they were a "protest that got tragically out of control."

He called the panel members "sick people," and Marxists, and that "they’re very dangerous and very bad people." He dismissed the committee's investigation as a “witch hunt," reported New York Post. As always, he pushed the false claim that the 2020 U.S. Presidential election was stolen from him, and pushed back on the panel's conclusion that he did not respond to the riot for 187 minutes. He said that he issued two tweets "within 25 minutes of the Capitol bridge, and another statement 30 minutes after that." But the Jan. 6 committee's report said that evidence showed that none of his tweets had any "appreciable impact on the violent rioters."

The report, which was released late Thursday, places the blame for the insurrection on Trump, reported the Associated Press. The 814-page document detailed the findings of the committee's 18-month investigation. It was drawn on more than 1,000 witness interviews and over a million pages of source material.

The panel found a “multi-part conspiracy” orchestrated by the former President and his close allies. They all aimed to overturn his 2020 election defeat. By sharing details like his pressure on states, federal officials and Vice President Mike Pence, the panel said that it is trying to prevent anything similar from ever happening again.

The committee is also aiming to prevent Trump, who is running again for the presidency in 2024, from returning to power. The panel suggested many recommendations. They want Congress to consider barring him and others who helped him from federal office for his role in the insurrection. At the time, a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol and interrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s win.

Former US President Donald Trump
Former US President Donald Trump has steadfastly refused to release his tax returns. Photo by: AFP/Brendan Smialowski

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