Headline RoundupDecember 23rd, 2022

Jan. 6 Panel Releases Final Report on Capitol Riot

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The House's select January 6 committee published its final report on the 2021 Capitol riot Thursday night.

The Details: The 845-page report recommends that former President Donald Trump be barred from holding public office again, frames him as having been unwilling to stop the riot, and details "at least 200 apparent acts of public or private outreach, pressure, or condemnation" by Trump and his associates in efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

For Context: The report is among the final actions of the committee, which formally referred Trump to the Justice Department on four criminal charges earlier this week.

Key Quotes: The evidence "has led to an overriding and straight forward conclusion: the central cause of January 6th was one man, former President Donald Trump, whom many others followed. None of the events of January 6th would have happened without him," the report states. On Truth Social, Trump said the report "purposely fails to mention the failure of Pelosi to heed my recommendation for troops to be used in D.C., show the 'Peacefully and Patrioticly' words I used, or study the reason for the protest, Election Fraud. WITCH HUNT!"

How the Media Covered It: The report was the top story from news sources across the political spectrum on Friday morning. Reports from left-rated sources tended to go into more detail on the report's specifics. Some reports from right-rated outlets highlighted how the criminal referral of Trump is symbolic and holds no official legal weight.

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