WASHINGTON, D.C. – The ninth U.S. House January 6 Select Committee hearing concluded today, outlining former U.S. President Donald Trump’s premeditated plan and central role in the efforts to overturn the 2020 election. In response, Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of Public Citizen and co-chair of the Not Above the Law Coalition, released the following statement:
“The bipartisan Jan. 6 committee has accomplished a herculean feat. Thousands of pieces of evidence and testimony from Trump’s own staffers and foot soldiers have clearly laid out, fact by fact, what only those closest to him knew to be true: Trump engaged in a criminal conspiracy, knowingly made false claims–including claiming victory in the election–and incited a violent attack on the Capitol in order to overturn the 2020 election.
“Perhaps the most important fact to focus on now is that without accountability for these crimes, these attacks on our country will continue. We learn at a young age that there are consequences for our actions. We cannot let people at the highest levels of power escape consequences for their actions.
“Without this accountability, MAGA politicians in state houses across the country are attempting to pass laws that will make future elections easier to steal, election officials are entering the November elections under the specter of harassment, and more and more proponents of the ‘Big Lie’ are on the ballot nationwide. Even some corporations are supporting politicians who voted against certifying the 2020 election.
“The attack on our country hasn’t been punished: it’s been rewarded, and this has to stop.
“The committee has done an admirable job laying out the facts of the unconstitutional threat posed by Trump and his allies. Now that the facts are in, it’s time for action. That’s why people are joining more than 75 events across the country to amplify the hearing revelations, and fight ongoing threats to our freedoms and our vote. America can’t afford more election interference, lies and sabotage. It’s time to take a stand.”