On January 6, the Committee closes the session on criminal reprimands


The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot concluded its session on Sunday, where members discussed criminal referrals, multiple sources told CNN.

The subcommittee charged with investigating criminal referrals presented its recommendations to the full panel at a virtual meeting at 1:00 p.m. ET, but it’s unclear if those recommendations were formally adopted. A source described the meeting as “successful” but didn’t elaborate.

“We, as a subcommittee, several of us who have been tasked with making recommendations on referrals will be bringing that recommendation to the full committee today,” panel member Rep. Adam Schiff said before the meeting on CBS’ Face the Nation. Members of the committee would then have to approve the recommendations.

The panel is considering criminal referrals for former President Donald Trump and a number of others, sources say, including former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, right-wing attorney John Eastman, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark and Trump’s former Lawyer Rudy Giuliani. as CNN previously reported.

While the remittances would be largely symbolic – given that the Justice Department has already conducted a full investigation into the attack on the US Capitol and efforts to overthrow the 2020 election – committee members have stressed that the move is to express their views for the 2020 election document record.

The committee was badly affected by the decision. Panel members largely agreed that Trump and some of his closest allies committed a crime in promoting a conspiracy to prevent the peaceful transfer of power, as they detailed at their hearings. But they have long disagreed on exactly what to do about it.

“We agree on what our approach should be. I’m not willing or authorized at this time to tell you what that is,” said Schiff, a California Democrat. “I think we can all agree that there is evidence of crime here. And we want to make sure the Justice Department is aware of that.

Committee chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, told reporters Friday he expects to make a decision on criminal referrals at Sunday’s virtual meeting. However, Schiff reiterated Sunday that the committee would wait until December 21 to announce its decision, when it will present the rest of its report.

Schiff emphasized on Sunday his view that the committee’s criminal references “make an important statement, not a political one, but a statement about the evidence of an attack on the institutions of our democracy and the peaceful transfer of power that Congress is investigating — an attack on itself.” – is willing to report crime.”

“So I think it’s an important decision in its own right whether we go ahead with that,” he said. “And one that the Ministry should give due consideration to.”

This story has been updated with additional developments.

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