The January 6 committee is expected to ask the Department of Justice to prosecute Trump today.
The committee will hold a last public meeting today and is expected to call on the Justice Department to charge Trump and potentially his allies over his attempt to overturn the 2020 election in one of the worst periods in U.S. politics and American life.
The charges for his role in the US Capitol insurrection will make history, whether or not charges are ever brought. Among those are;
- 18 U.S.C. 2383, insurrection
- 18 U.S.C. 1512(c), obstruction of an official proceeding
- 18 U.S.C. 371, conspiracy to defraud the United States government
The troves of evidence collected in hundreds of interviews and a summer of dramatic televised hearings, referrals represent a moment of accountability for January 6.
The committee has no power to initiate legal proceedings itself DOJ has its own federal investigation into January 6, 2021, now overseen by a special counsel.
The panel will be wiped out next month by an incoming Republican House majority featuring scores of lawmakers who voted not to certify the last presidential election.
Lingering doubts and questions about the committee and the effect of these referrals remain, chiefly do they play into the hands of those who say Trump is being hounded two years after he left office. Will they help rally Republicans to support his already failing ’24 campaign?
Do most Americans REALLY care about events of two years ago, given the state of the economy and the ongoing pandemic? The view seems to be either support for Trump, exhaustion or cynicism that he
always gets away with everything…”
The panel is expected to release its final report Wednesday.
The House Jan. 6 committee is wrapping up its investigation into the 2021 U.S. Capitol insurrection. At a final meeting Monday, the panel is poised to recommend that the Justice Department consider criminal charges against former President Donald Trump. https://t.co/mUwcuWBQn6— The Associated Press (@AP) December 19, 2022
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