House Jane. 6 Committee votes to transfer criminal charges against former President Trump and attorney John Eastman to Justice Department.
“The entire purpose and apparent effect of Trump’s plan is to thwart, influence and impede this official process, a moment at the heart of America’s legitimate transition of power,” said committee member Rep. Frank, a member of the House of Representatives. Jamie Ruskin said.
The committee filed four criminal charges against Trump: obstruction of formal process; conspiracy to defraud the United States; conspiracy to make false statements and “incite,” “aid” or “aid and comfort” an insurrection.
But congressional recommendations are merely recommendations, and the Justice Department is under no obligation to prosecute those recommended for prosecution. Still, the committee’s referral could increase political pressure on the department to act, with lawmakers likely to unveil new evidence that federal prosecutors have not yet obtained in their final report.
The Justice Department had no comment on Monday.
The committee also recommended four Republican members of Congress to the House Ethics Committee for penalties for failing to comply with the committee’s subpoena. Those four were: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Andy Biggs, Jim Jordan and Scott Perry. With the new Republican House majority, McCarthy is running for the next speaker, and Biggs plans to challenge him.
Committee Chairman Benny Thompson emphasized the importance of “accountability” to Trump and his allies.
“Accountability can only be found in the criminal justice system,” Thompson said. “We have every confidence that the work of this Commission will help provide a road map to justice, and that the agencies and institutions responsible for ensuring that justice is served under the law will use the information we provide to aid in their work. To those of you” Whoever has followed the work of this committee, I hope we have helped to articulate a broader system of accountability. To all of you: the American people. “
The proceedings mark the culmination of the panel’s nearly 18-month investigation, which included testimony from dozens of witnesses and a series of high-profile hearings that examined the attack and Trump’s role in inciting his supporters to storm the building. The committee reviewed findings from previous hearings, including testimony, in-person testimony from witnesses and video of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Trump has always maintained that he did nothing wrong on Jan. 1. 6. His so-called “Political Hacking Unselected Committee” investigation is a “witch hunt”. In a post on his social media platform Truth Social on Monday morning, he said Republicans must “resolutely oppose” the committee and that it was a “dark period” in American history.