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House Judiciary panel releases report on Trump impeachment effort

House Judiciary panel releases report on Trump impeachment effort
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The House Judiciary Committee has issued its report in support of the single article of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE on charges of inciting insurrection.

The report details the president’s rhetoric leading up to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, including his repeated claims of widespread voter fraud and his false assertions that Vice President Pence had the power to unilaterally reject election results.

“As President Trump ramped up his rhetoric and false claims, his supporters were led to believe that the democratic process posed a threat to the country and required intervention,” the report states.

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It goes on to specifically cite his speech to supporters before the riot in which the president urged them to proceed to the Capitol, stating that “[a]lthough at one point he suggested that those marching to the Capitol should do so ‘peacefully,’ the overall tenor of his speech was menacing—and, as subsequent events showed, was understood by his supporters as such.”

The report goes on to describe the impact of the Capitol breach itself, including the fatal beating of a Capitol police officer, bullet marks left in the walls of the building and the theft of electronics. More than 50 police officers were injured in the riot, according to the report.

“The full impact of hundreds of violent rioters with smartphones rampaging unsupervised in the Capitol, with direct access to electronics, computers, and networks, is not yet known,” it states.

The report states that members of the mobs breached the Capitol “because they believed the President had directed them to,” citing for example former West Virginia Delegate Derrick Evans (R), who had posted in the early hours of Wednesday that he was traveling to Washington, D.C., in response to a tweet by the president.

“The House must reject this outrageous attempt to overturn the election and this incitement of violence by a sitting president against his own government. President Trump committed a high Crime and Misdemeanor against the Nation by inciting an insurrection at the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential Election,” the report concludes. “The facts establish that he is unfit to remain in office a single day longer, and warrant the immediate impeachment of President Trump.”

House leadership has said the chamber will vote on the article this week. As of Tuesday evening, three Republicans, Reps. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Liz Cheney gets 2022 primary challenger after voting to impeach Trump The Hill's Morning Report - President Biden, Vice President Harris begin work today MORE (R-Wyo.), Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Upton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? MORE (R-Ill.) and John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoRep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment NY Republican says cybersecurity will be a high priority for Homeland Security panel Upton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents MORE (R-N.Y.), have said they will vote for impeachment.