As part of its investigation into the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, a House panel is considering recommending that the Justice Department pursue unprecedented criminal charges of insurrection and two other counts against former President Donald Trump.
A source familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press said the panel is considering recommending prosecutors pursue charges of insurrection, an uprising aiming to overthrow the government, as well as obstructing an official proceeding and conspiracy to defraud the United States. As of late Friday, the committee still hadn’t settled on which specific c.. but their discussions were ongoing.
A public meeting of the panel is scheduled for Monday afternoon, at which time any recommendations will also be made public.
The committee is currently considering three charges, as confirmed by a second source familiar with the matter who, like the first, was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. A member of the panel testified that the lawyers argued that the three criminal statutes in question presented the most compelling cases.
It’s not shocking that referrals were issued. The committee’s vice chair, Republican Representative for Wyoming Liz Cheney, has been dropping hints for months that the nine-person panel will send criminal referrals to the Justice Department based on the extensive evidence it has collected since it was formed in July 2021.
At that point, it would be up to federal prosecutors to decide whether or not to act on the referrals they receive. The committee’s recommendations would increase political pressure on the Justice Department to complete its investigation into Trump’s actions, but it wouldn’t have any legal force on its own.
Raskin, Cheney, and California Democratic Representatives Adam Schiff and Zoe Lofgren comprised the subcommittee that drafted the referral recommendations and presented them for consideration to the full group.
Several members of Trump’s inner circle have been recommended for criminal prosecution for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas, which the committee has issued as part of its investigation. Just one has resulted in a conviction; Steve Bannon’s case.
The committee interviewed more than a thousand people in order to compile its findings, which will be spread across hundreds of pages and cover everything from the attack to Trump’s words and actions during and after the incident.
It’s Possible That Donald Trump Will Be Indicted For Inciting A Riot In The Capitol
The CNN source said the Sunday meeting of the House select committee looking into the January 6 uprising went well.
On Sunday afternoon, members of the committee who have spent the past year investigating the events leading up to the riot in the Capitol that threatened American democracy in 2021 met to discuss possible criminal referrals for a group of people involved in the effort to overturn the result of the presidential election.
At the meeting, recommendations were made by the subcommittee looking into criminal referrals. According to CNN’s reporting, we do not yet know if the full committee adopted or modified these recommendations. The committee expects to release its verdict on December 21.
Since the committee lacks prosecutorial authority, it would have no immediate impact if it referred to a criminal case. Criminal charges may result from the investigation launched by the Department of Justice on January 6 into the attack on January 6.
It is speculated that a select committee in the United States will soon vote on a motion to request that the Department of Justice file criminal charges against Donald Trump for his alleged involvement in the riots that took place in the US Capitol building last year.
According to Politico, a committee that looked into potential criminal referrals has decided that the former president should be prosecuted for insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy to defraud the United States government.
When they heard that President Biden had been elected, supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol to try to stop the certification. It is unclear at this time if the committee’s final report will recommend additional charges for Trump or if it will target others who attempted to challenge the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.