Jan. 6 probe wraps up with criminal referrals, recommendations

Although the introduction of the crime is symbolic, it will ultimately be the Justice Department’s decision whether to prosecute Trump or others, which is a decisive end to the investigation.

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives’ January 6 committee is concluding its investigation into the 2021 U.S. Capitol violent insurgency, with lawmakers expected to wrap up one of the national investigations. The most comprehensive and active association in history with a special recommendation: The Justice Department should review the criminal charges against former President Donald Trump.

At the panel’s final meeting on Monday, seven Democrats and two Republicans on the panel stood ready to propose criminal charges against Trump and potentially against associates and employees who had helped him launch a multifaceted pressure campaign to try to overturn the 2020 election.

While the criminal transfer is largely symbolic, with the Justice Department ultimately deciding whether to indict Trump or others, it is a decisive end to the investigation that has come to a close. like focusing only on one point in the first place.

“I think the president has broken a lot of criminal laws and I think you should be treated like any other American who breaks the law, and that is you should be prosecuted,” said Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif. , a panelist, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The panel, which will dissolve on January 3 with the new Republican-led House of Representatives, conducted more than 1,000 interviews, held 10 widely watched public hearings, and gathered more than a million document since its launch in July 2021. As has been gathered With the vast body of evidence, members have become bolder in claiming that Trump is responsible for the violent attack on The Capitol of his supporters nearly two years ago.

After overtaking police, injuring many of them, January 6 rioters stormed the Capitol and disrupted President Joe Biden’s confirmation of victory, repeating lies. Trump on election fraud that was rampant and sent lawmakers and others running.

The attack comes after weeks of Trump’s failed attempt to overturn – a campaign that has been detailed by the committee in numerous public hearings. Many former Trump aides have testified about his unprecedented pressure on states, federal officials and Vice President Mike Pence to find ways to prevent the will from being popular.

“This is someone who has tried in many ways to pressure state officials to find votes that do not exist, this is someone who has tried to interfere in a general session, even provoke,” Schiff said. A mob attacked the Capitol. “If that’s not a crime, then I don’t know what is.”

Committee members have said that referrals to other individuals can also include ethics violations, unlawful conduct and campaign finance violations. Lawmakers have specifically suggested that their proposed charges against Trump could include conspiring to defraud the United States, obstructing official congressional progress, and insurrection.

Of the uprising, Schiff said Sunday that “if you look at Donald Trump’s behaviors and you compare them to the statute, it’s a pretty good combination.” He said the committee would focus on those individuals – perhaps Trump – who they believe have the strongest evidence.

While the so-called criminal referral has no real legal merit, it is a powerful statement by the committee and adds to the political pressure on Attorney General Merrick Garland and special counsel Jack Smith, who is conducting an investigation into January 6 and Trump’s actions.

At the hearing, the committee is also expected to preview its final major report, which includes findings, interview transcripts, and legislative recommendations. Lawmakers have said part of that report will be released on Monday.

“It is clear that we want to complete the story for the American people,” said Representative Jamie Raskin, D-Md., another member of the committee. “Everybody has been on a journey with us, and we want to come to a satisfactory conclusion, so that everyone feels that Congress has done its job.”

The panel was formed in the summer of 2021 after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the uprising. That opposition prompted the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives to set up a committee of its own. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California, a Trump ally, decided not to participate after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned down several of his appointments. That opened the door for two anti-Trump Republicans in the House – Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois – to join the seven Democrats serving on the committee.

While the commission’s mission is to comprehensively explain the uprising and educate the public about what happened, they also target their work with one audience: the attorney general. Lawmakers on the panel have publicly pressured Garland to investigate Trump’s actions, and last month he appointed a special counsel, Smith, to oversee a number of investigations related to Trump’s actions. Trump, including those investigations related to the uprising.

In court documents earlier this year, the committee suggested criminal charges against Trump could include conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruct a formal Congressional proceeding.

In a “conspiracy to defraud the United States,” the committee argued that evidence supports the inference that Trump and his allies “signed an agreement to defraud the United States” when they disseminated disinformation. about voter fraud and pressured federal and state officials to assist in that effort. Trump still says he won the election to this day.

The panel also asserted that Trump obstructed a formal proceeding, the joint session of Congress in which the Electoral College vote was certified. The committee said Trump tried or succeeded in obstructing, influencing or obstructing the January 6 ceremony and “wrongfully did so” by pressuring Pence to tried to overturn the outcome when he presided over the session. Pence has refused to do so.

The committee could make ethics recommendations to five Republicans in the House – including McCarthy – who ignored congressional subpoenas from the panel. Those referrals are unlikely to result in penalties because Republicans will have a House majority in January.

Associated Press writers Eric Tucker, Farnoush Amiri and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.

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Edmund DeMarche

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