Jan. 6 committee makes criminal referrals against Trump
The committee investigating the January 6th riot at the U.S. capitol made multiple criminal referrals to the Justice Department against former President Donald Trump. The committee said Trump is criminally liable for his role in the riot and the attempt to stop the peaceful transfer of power to President Biden.
The committee said Trump should be charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to make a false statement, and US criminal code title 18 section 2383 – incite, assist or aide or comfort an insurrection, and finally obstructing an official proceeding. The maximum combined sentence for the crimes would be 25 years in prison.
REP. JAMIE RASKIN | (D-MD): “The President has an affirmative and primary constitutional duty to act to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. Nothing could be a greater betrayal of this duty than to assist in insurrection against the constitutional order.”
It all revolves around a legal theory created by attorney John Eastman. He wanted former Vice President Mike Pence to reject electors or send them back to state legislatures during the electoral certification. Donald Trump pressured Pence to do it.
The committee also said Trump summoned the angry mob and was therefore responsible for the violence that day.
REP. BENNIE THOMPSON: “Donald Trump broke that faith, lost the 2020 election and knew it, but he chose to try to stay in office through a multi part scheme to overturn the results and blocked the transfer of power.”
Chairman Thompson says the committee will lay out recommendations on how to prevent another January 6th in its final report which is expected to be released Wednesday. The committee also referred four members of Congress to the House ethics committee to be sanctioned for failing to comply with a subpoena. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.