The Capitol storming was “the culmination of a coup attempt,” Bennie Thompson, head of the House inquiry into the Capitol storming, said Thursday, June 9. first conclusions on the role of Donald Trump in the attack of January 6, 2021. American democracy, which trembled during the attack on Congress by supporters of Donald Trump, is still “in danger”, alerted the elected Democrat from Mississippi.

That day, protesters stormed the seat of the US Congress after “encouragement” from the former president, Bennie Thompson said. “Our democracy is still in danger. The conspiracy to counter the will of the people is not over,” the chosen one said. After almost a year of investigation, the so-called “January 6th Commission” reveals how the chaos of that day “was the result of a coordinated campaign to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election and prevent the transfer of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden”.

The role of Donald Trump under the magnifying glass

For nearly a year, this group of elected officials, seven Democrats and two Republicans, has heard more than 1,000 witnesses, including two children of the former president, and gone through 140,000 documents to shed light on the actions of Donald. Trump before, during and after this event that rocked American democracy. Text messages, draft decrees and tweets from the former president in support, a series of lawyers and witnesses present the different scenarios envisaged by the former president and his entourage to change the course of the 2020 presidential election, until the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Bennie Thomspon is categorical: “Donald Trump was at the center of this plot”. On this cold winter day, thousands of his supporters gathered in Washington to denounce the result of the 2020 election which had seen the ex-real estate magnate lose. A crowd had stormed the headquarters of the US Congress, sending shock waves around the world. Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards, “the first member of law enforcement to be injured by rioters” on January 6, as well as documentary writer Nick Quested, whose team was following the far-right Proud Boys militia during the assault, are the first witnesses to this hearing.

Many Americans will find out “for the first time” what really happened on January 6, President Joe Biden said Thursday, June 9. The commission’s revelations are broadcast live on many news channels continuously, but shunned by the most conservative media such as Fox News, a new illustration of the deep political fault line that has divided the United States since this attack.

A commission of inquiry launched by the Republicans

Because a year and a half after the assault on the Capitol, millions of supporters of Donald Trump remain firmly convinced that the 2020 election was marred by fraud. And this, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The principal concerned, Donald Trump, once again praised the day Thursday, assuring that the storming of the Capitol was the “greatest movement in history to make America great”. Supporters of the House Committee say its work is essential to ensuring that one of the darkest episodes in American history is never repeated.

But the majority of Republicans reject its work, with House Conservative Leader Kevin McCarthy denouncing the commission as “the most political and least legitimate in the history of the United States”. His party has already promised to bury the work of this commission if it were to take control of the Chamber during the mid-term legislative elections in November.