BREAKING: January 6 House Panel to Recommend Criminal Prosecutions
The question of whether or not the January 6 House panel investigating the insurrection at the Capitol would recommend criminal
The question of whether or not the January 6 House panel investigating the insurrection at the Capitol would recommend criminal prosecutions or not has been resolved.
And the answer: yes.
Jan 6 committee chair Bennie Thompson told reporters on Tuesday that the panel’s probe was still working out details, but that they will recommend charges be brought.
Charges could be brought against multiple people, including former President Donald Trump, on the premise that they committed federal crimes in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol assault will recommend that the Justice Department pursue criminal charges against some of those involved, its chairman said https://t.co/kYXZNXf5yS— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) December 6, 2022
Thompson said, “We have made decisions on criminal referrals.”
Thompson did not tell reporters what charges they would recommend or who they would send the recommendations for. All Thompson clarified was that perjury was considered.
Other charges possibly on the table given the context are criminal contempt of Congress, obstruction of justice, obstruction of an official government proceeding and conspiracy.
The committee has said multiple times throughout the public hearings that they hold former POTUS Donald Trump accountable for inciting the attack on the Capitol in an effort to subvert the victory of now-President Joe Biden.
The Justice Department is not required to follow the committee’s recommendations, despite the months of evidence-gathering by the House panel. They may or may not pursue the recommendations under the guidance of Attorney General Merrick Garland.
This is a developing story.