WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House Jan. 6 Select Committee today released its final report recommending criminal referrals to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against former U.S. President Donald Trump and others, as well as other recommendations to address the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of Public Citizen and co-chair of the Not Above the Law coalition released the following statement:
“While we continue to review the report, one thing is clear: It will provide a blueprint for accountability in response to the unprecedented attack on our country and our freedoms we saw on January 6, 2021.”
“The committee showed the American people in no uncertain terms how Trump used his position of preeminent power to pressure the vice president, the U.S. Department of Justice, and state officials to overturn an election he knew he lost.
“If Trump’s actions leading up to the attacks on January 6 provide a blueprint for authoritarians to remain in power, the committee’s report provides a guide to lead us out of another potential future constitutional crisis. We must seriously consider its recommendations if we want to stop other attempts to undermine elections by powerful people who lose them.
“This report does not close the book on Jan. 6, however, as MAGA aligned members of Congress and others continue to make false claims about our elections. We must continue to fight to protect our democracy and organize to show our commitment. Many of us will be at the U.S. Capitol to mark two years since the insurrection, to align ourselves with the good work of the bipartisan Select Committee, and to continue to call for reforms to safeguard and improve our democracy.”