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Jan. 6 Cmte. refers Trump to DOJ for criminal charges; includes insurrection, conspiracy, obstruction

President Donald J. Trump signs the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in front of the South Portico of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
December 19, 2022

On Monday, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol announced it will issue referrals to the Department of Justice recommending former President Donald Trump be criminally prosecuted for allegedly inciting an insurrection, conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to make a false statement, and obstruction of an official proceeding.

The committee’s referral is only a recommendation, and the decision to pursue charges against the former president will be made by Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice.

One day before what is presumed to be its final meeting, Trump slammed the committee as “highly partisan.”

“The highly partisan Unselect Committee is illegally leaking confidential info to anyone that will listen. Adam “Shifty” Schiff is all over T.V. talking about Criminal Referrals, just like he was on the Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax, which turned out to be the con of the century,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “How much longer are Republicans, and American Patriots in general, going to allow this to happen. These are the Criminals who spied on my campaign, cheated on the Election, lied to FISA Court & Congress. They are SICK!”

Trump has repeatedly criticized the committee, accusing its members of being “political thugs” and “corrupt politicians.”

“The Unselect Committee of political Thugs, essentially the same group who brought you the now fully debunked and discredited RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA HOAX (and many others!), refused to study and report on the massive amount of irrefutable evidence, much of it recently produced, that shows the 2020 Presidential Election was Rigged and Stolen,” Trump wrote on Truth Social in June.

“They want NOTHING to do with that topic because they cannot win on the facts. CANCEL & DENY, call it ‘THE BIG LIE,’ is all they can do. Corrupt Politicians!”

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.