The House Jan. 6 committee’s final report says that former President Donald Trump criminally engaged in a “multi-part conspiracy” to overturn the lawful results of the 2020 presidential election and failed to act to stop his supporters from attacking the Capitol.
Trump “lit that fire,” the committee’s chairman, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, wrote in the report.
The 814-page report released late Thursday comes after the panel interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses, held 10 hearings, and obtained more than a million pages of documents.
Following the release of that report, former President Trump fired back on his social media platform, Truth Social.
“The FBI has just confirmed that it has paid MILLIONS OF DOLLARS to Twitter, and also that large amounts of money has been paid by them to other Social Media Companies, which has all, when put together, shown massive campaign fraud in the 2020 Election. The FBI said they were working with private companies, but what they didn’t say was that it was for the purpose of changing the Election results, pushing Biden over “Trump.” Wow!” said Trump On Truth Social.
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“The highly partisan Unselect Committee 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!” Trump said.
“The FBI used Twitter and Facebook to bludgeon the 2020 Election to Biden. Nothing Negative could be said about him, especially as it related to Hunter’s Laptop From Hell, and ONLY Negative could be said about me. They were illegally after “Trump” at a level of ferocity, hate and yes, desperation, that has never been seen in our Country before. Other Media companies were involved also. The change in the Election was Complete & Total, with Millions of votes switched, at least 17%. TRUMP WON, BIG!” Trump said.
“SO, WE CAUGHT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THROUGH THE USE OF THE FBI & OTHER AGENCIES, CONCLUSIVELY & IRREFUTABLY CHEATING ON THE 2020 Presidential Election, AND COMPLETELY & ILLEGALLY CHANGING ITS RESULT. THIS WAS ONLY ONE OF MANY FORMS OF CHEATING, BUT FRANKLY, IT WAS A BEAUT! THE FBI HAS NO EXCUSE, THEY WERE CAUGHT COLD, BUT THIS MUST NOT BECOME A COLD CASE. NOW WHAT? HONEST & BRAVE PROSECUTORS & JUDGES MUST STEP UP & CLEAN OUT THIS CANCER WHICH IS DESTROYING OUR ONCE GREAT COUNTRY!” said Trump.
“The Government of the United States changed our Election Result, and it just doesn’t get any worse than that. Just look at the damage that’s been done to our Country, and the World, in the last two years — It’s incalculable. TRUMP WON!!!” said Trump.
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According to Fox News, an official from the FBI said, “the information was provided so that Twitter employees can make a determination on whether to take action.”
“We are providing it so that they can take whatever action they deem appropriate under their terms of service to protect their platform and protect their customers, but we never direct or ask them to take action,” the FBI officials said to Fox News on Wednesday.
In part of the Twitter file disclosures, an email with the subject line “Run the business – we made money!” an employee, whose name was redacted, reports to then-Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker, that the FBI paid Twitter nearly $3.5 million dollars between October 2019 and February 2021, Shellenberger reported.
Baker, a former FBI agent, was the agency’s general counsel during Operation Crossfire Hurricane and approved the surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page via improper use of the Steele dossier, according to a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general.
According to Fox News, the FBI official didn’t deny the multi-million dollar payment to Twitter, but said “it was a “reimbursement” for the reasonable costs and expenses associated with their response to a legal process…for complying with legal requests, and a standard procedure.”
According to disclosures from journalist Matt Taibbi, the FBI and Twitter seemingly had a working relationship in the run-up to the 2020 elections, with the FBI promising “no impediments to information sharing” between the two groups in a Sept. 16, 2020, meeting between social media executives and intelligence community staff.
In a previous installment of the “Twitter Files,” journalist Matt Taibbi said he had not found evidence that the FBI or intelligence community was involved in Twitter’s decision to suppress access to a New York Post story about a laptop owned by Hunter Biden, but new documents from Shellenberger indicated that the FBI was involved.
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The Post’s original October 14, 2020, story was based on a laptop, apparently belonging to Biden, containing a 2015 email linking then-Vice President Joe Biden to his son Hunter’s business dealings with the Ukrainian gas company Burisma.
Prior to the story’s release, the FBI issued warnings to social media platforms that there was likely to be a Russian “hack-and-leak” operation prior to the election — Twitter’s then-head of trust and safety Yoel Roth testified that he had been explicitly warned of a leak targeting Hunter Biden — despite not having any evidence of such an operation being underway, Shellenberger reported, citing the testimony of FBI Special Agent Elvis Chan.