Themacforums – January 6 committee trump criminal charges DOJ. According to a source familiar with the situation, the House select committee looking into the matter is anticipated to announce on January 6, 2021 that it will refer at least three criminal charges against former President Donald Trump to the Justice Department, including insurrection, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy to defraud the federal government.

The insider claims that additional accusations made against Trump may be included in the committee’s final findings. On Monday, the committee will hear the referral recommendations, and the final report will explain why the panel decided to recommend the charges based on its findings.

Because the Department of Justice’s special counsel inquiry is already looking into Trump as part of its lengthy investigation into January 6, it is unclear what effect House referrals may have.

However, committee chairman Bennie Thompson warned reporters that the panel might make five to six additional types of recommendations in addition to criminal ones, including referrals for bar discipline, campaign financing, and ethics to the House Ethics Committee.

The obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiracy to defraud the federal government charges that are being considered by prosecutors align with the accusations made against Trump and his election lawyer John Eastman by the select committee in a previous court case involving the request for Eastman’s emails.

According to that court process, a judge had sided with the House, determining that it could examine Eastman’s emails about his work for Trump’s 2020 campaign since the two were probably attempting to defraud the US and were conspiring to obstruct Congress.

The committee’s assessment of the charges was first reported by The Guardian.

Trump’s spokesperson Steven Cheung called the committee a “Kangaroo court” that conducted “show trials by Never Trump partisans who are a disgrace on this country’s history” in a statement.

The committee, according to Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a member, “has been extremely thorough in developing these recommendations and tying them to the facts that we’ve unearthed,” she told Jake Tapper on Friday.

January 6 committee trump criminal charges DOJ

The California Democrat said on “The Lead” that “we spent a huge amount of time not just on what the code sections are and the overall recommendation, but the facts. I think it’s really important when we discuss whatever it is we are going to do and we’ll have a vote on it, that people understand the facts behind the conclusions we reach.”

When bringing charges against people in connection with the attack on the US Capitol, the Justice Department has mostly focused on criminal statutes relating to the violence, for impeding a legislative proceeding and in certain rare cases, for seditious conspiracy.

According to Thompson, the panel will convene its final open meeting on Monday and disclose the full report on Wednesday. The panel will adopt its final report on Monday and announce any criminal referrals to the Justice Department, according to the Mississippi Democrat, but the public won’t see the final report until two days later.

According to multiple sources, the panel has also considered criminal referrals for some of Trump’s closest allies, including Eastman, the former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, the former employee of the Justice Department Jeffrey Clark, and the former attorney for the president, Rudy Giuliani.

When names were being considered, a different source issued a warning that further discussion was necessary before names were decided upon.