The January 6 Committee will vote on Monday whether to criminally refer Trump to the Justice Department.
Update: The January 6 Committee approved criminal referrals against Trump.
The J-6 panel also approved a criminal referral against Trump’s campaign lawyer John Eastman.
“The January 6 committee plans to issue at least three criminal charges against Trump, including obstructing an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the government, and inciting or assisting an insurrection” NBC News reported.
EXCLUSIVE: The January 6 committee plans to issue at least three criminal charges against Trump, including obstructing an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the government, and inciting or assisting an insurrection W/ @alivitali @haleytalbotnbc https://t.co/nwUoeu3EFt
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It will ultimately be up to US Attorney General Merrick Garland whether or not to charge Trump.
NBC News reported:
The House Jan. 6 committee voted Monday to recommend the Justice Department pursue a batch of criminal charges against former President Donald Trump for his role in an effort to overturn the 2020 election and the fomenting of a deadly mob at the Capitol.
The select committee also took aim at Trump’s top allies — on and off Capitol Hill — who worked with the 45th president to block certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory and illegitimately keep Trump in power.
“We understand the gravity of each and every referral we are making today, just as we understand the magnitude of the crime against democracy that we describe in our report,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., who led the Jan. 6 subcommittee that examined referrals. “But we have gone where the facts and the law lead us, and inescapably they lead us here.”
The Jan. 6 panel also issued a criminal referral to the Department of Justice for conservative attorney John Eastman, who the committee says was the architect of the scheme to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject states’ electoral votes on Jan. 6 and have fake electors submitted to the Congress instead.