The committee chairman of House January 6  says the panel is “close to putting pens down” on the final report

The panel is “close to putting pens down,” according to the chairman of the House select committee looking into the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. The report is expected to be made public by the end of this Congress.

Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, told reporters, “There is general agreement that the body of the report is complete.

He stated that the final report would have eight chapters.

The congressman said the final report will “focus on some other issues,” including material the committee has not yet presented, in addition to the former president Donald Trump’s actions around January 6. The panel has largely finished its interviews, he told reporters, but added, “We are reviewing material on a daily basis.”

Thompson stated on Tuesday that the committee could release “hundreds” of transcripts by the conclusion of its investigation, adding that “the goal is to release as many of the transcripts where we didn’t have prior agreement with the people because of the sensitivity where they are employed.”

The chairman said he doubts the panel will release its final report by December 16 – the last day Congress is scheduled to be in session before the year’s end – but there is a “good possibility” the report is released by Christmas.

Whether the panel will issue criminal referrals is “still under consideration,” Thompson said, though any such referrals would be “done separately” from the final report. The panel would not need to hold a business meeting to issue criminal referral, he said.