Jan. 6 committee approves criminal referrals against Trump for his role in trying to overturn the 2020 election

  

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By:   Scott Wong and Alex Seitz-Wald (NBC News)

Jan. 6 committee approves criminal referrals against Trump for his role in trying to overturn the 2020 election
The House Jan. 6 committee will vote Monday to adopt its final report and recommend criminal referrals including for former President Donald Trump.

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Link copied Dec. 19, 2022, 1:00 PM UTC / Updated Dec. 19, 2022, 7:59 PM UTC By Scott Wong and Alex Seitz-Wald

WASHINGTON — The House Jan. 6 committee voted Monday to recommend the Justice Department pursue a batch of criminal charges against former President Donald Trump for his role in an effort to overturn the 2020 election and the fomenting of a deadly mob at the Capitol.

Trump was the first president in American history to be impeached twice. Now, he is also the first president ever to be formally referred by Congress for potential criminal prosecution.

The select committee also took aim at Trump's top allies — on and off Capitol Hill — who worked with the 45th president to block certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory and illegitimately keep Trump in power.

"We understand the gravity of each and every referral we are making today, just as we understand the magnitude of the crime against democracy that we describe in our report," said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., who led the Jan. 6 subcommittee that examined referrals. "But we have gone where the facts and the law lead us, and inescapably they lead us here."

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The Jan. 6 panel also issued a criminal referral to the Department of Justice for conservative attorney John Eastman, who the committee says was the architect of the scheme to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject states' electoral votes on Jan. 6 and have fake electors submitted to the Congress instead.

And it referred four Republican members of Congress to the House Ethics Committee for defying subpoenas from the committee earlier this year, including House Minority Leader and potential incoming Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. The others are: Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who is expected to be the next chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., and Scott Perry, R-Pa.

Raskin said there may be others worthy of prosecution and there may be other statutes that Trump violated, noting the Justice Department will be able to form "a far more complete picture" through its own ongoing investigation.

"This committee is nearing the end of its work. But as a country, we remain in strange and uncharted waters. We've never had a President of the United States stir up a violent attempt to block the transfer of power," said the committee's chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. "If we are to survive as a nation of laws and democracy, this can never happen again."

This marks the first time in history that a congressional committee has recommended that DOJ launch a criminal investigation into a former American president.

The Jan. 6 committee is urging DOJ to consider a number of charges against Trump, including conspiracy to defraud the federal government; obstruction of an official proceeding, in this case Congress' certification of electoral votes; conspiracy to make a false statement; and inciting or assisting those in an insurrection.

The criminal referrals do not carry any legal weight but represent a symbolic rebuke of Trump, who remains the most influential Republican in the country and has launched another bid for president in 2024.

Jack Smith, the independent special counsel appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland, is already investigating Trump on numerous fronts, including for his role in the Jan. 6 riot.

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Rep. Cheney calls Trump's refusal to stop riot 'utter moral failure'


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The committee used its final hearing to summarize the key investigatory threads from its nine previous hearings and to stitch them together into a case against Trump.

"At the heart of our republic is the guarantee of the peaceful transfer of power... Every President in our history has accepted this peaceful transfer of power — except one," the committee's co-Chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said of Trump.

Cheney said that "among the most shameful" findings of the committee was that Trump sat in the White House watching the violence unfold on TV on Jan. 6, but did nothing, even as advisors and allies begged him to call off the rioters.

"This was an utter moral failure," Cheney said of Trump's inaction. "No man who would behave that way, at that moment in time can ever serve in any position of authority in our nation again. He is unfit for any office."

Witnesses, most of them Republicans, testified to the Jan. 6 panel that Trump and his inner circle had furiously worked to sow doubt about Joe Biden's legitimate election victory.

They testified that Trump launched a multi-pronged campaign to pressure state officials, senior Justice Department officials and Vice President Mike Pence to help overturn the election.

They said Trump directed a mob of thousands of his supporters to march on the Capitol to disrupt lawmakers from certifying the results of the election.

And the witnesses, which included many former Trump White House aides, said he refused to call off his supporters as they brutally assaulted police officers and stormed the halls of Congress while chanting threats to "hang Mike Pence" and target lawmakers by name.

Trump recently took to his Truth Social platform to slam the Jan. 6 investigators as "corrupt cowards who hate this country." The House impeached him for his role in the attack but he was acquitted by the Senate. He's now running for president again in 2024.

The report represents the culmination of an 18-month congressional investigation that included more than 100 subpoenas, interviews with more than 1,200 witnesses and the collection of hundreds of thousands of documents.Mosttranscripts from those depositions and voluntary interviews, as well as other written and video evidence, will also be shared with the public.

"With painstaking detail, this executive summary documents the sinister plot to subvert the Congress, shred the Constitution and halt the peaceful transfer of power. The Committee has reached important conclusions about the evidence it has developed, and I respect those findings," said outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who was targeted during the attack and who created the Jan. 6 committee.

Like past reports on the John F. Kennedy assassination and the 9/11 terrorist attack, the Jan. 6 report will be zipped off to numerous book publishers and is expected to become an instant best seller.

But Chair Thompson said his report will be different in one significant way: The committee first will release it digitally, which will allow the panel to link to evidence that can provide the public with greater context.

"Whereas other reports have just been a bunch of pages, we think the digital part will add another dimension to it," Thompson told reporters.

During the hearing, Thompson also spoke directly to the American people, saying they will now decide on accountability for Trump's actions as he seeks the White House once again.

"The future of our democracy rests in your hands," the Jan. 6 Committee chairman said during the hearing. "It's up to the people of this country to decide who deserves the public trust. Who will put fidelity to the constitution and democracy above all else. Who will abide by the rule of law, no matter the outcome."

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Scott Wong is a senior congressional reporter for NBC News.

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Alex Seitz-Wald is senior digital politics reporter for NBC News.

Ali Vitali and Haley Talbot contributed.


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JBB
Professor Principal
1  seeder  JBB    2 months ago

A Mad Burn for Trump and the Trumpian goppers!

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
2  Sparty On    2 months ago

Meh, that committee has been a partisan joke since it’s inception.    More or less meaningless.

Any referrals they may lay down will be equally meaningless.

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Sparty On @2    2 months ago

No ex-presidents were ever criminally charged.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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2.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  JBB @2.1    2 months ago

Not even Nixon

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
2.1.2  seeder  JBB  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.1    2 months ago

Nope, Ford pardoned him off the bat...

Butt, all those around him got jail time!

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
2.1.3  Sparty On  replied to  JBB @2.1    one month ago

Meaningless in context when considering the Jan 6th committee Kangaroo Court.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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2.2  Right Down the Center  replied to  Sparty On @2    2 months ago

Meh, that committee has been a partisan joke since it’s inception. 

Yep. Started with a conclusion and spent a year and a half looking for anything that could be spun to support the conclusion.  It was an anti trump commission, not a look into all aspects as to all the shortcomings that allowed Jan 6 to happen.

 
 
 
JBB
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2.2.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.2    2 months ago

West of that river you can see The Pyramids!

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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2.2.2  Right Down the Center  replied to  JBB @2.2.1    2 months ago

So what else did the commission come up with and what changes to policies and procedures came about due to them? How much time and energy was spent looking at things other than trump? How many witnesses were called and how many of them were called for reasons other than trump. 

Then we can talk about the river near the pyramids.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.2.3  JohnRussell  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.2    2 months ago

Donald trump, has never , not even once, gave plausible explanations for his actions that the committee says are criminal. 

That is consciousness of guilt. 

Trump continues to believe that the coup was justified.  Lets give him truth serum and your jaw will drop at what comes out of his mouth. 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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2.2.4  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.2.2    2 months ago

BINGO!!! Other reasons were NEVER the intent!!

 
 
 
JBB
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2.2.5  seeder  JBB  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.2.2    2 months ago

You can look it up. So Google it yourself...

The hearings were public. Did you watch?

It is not my job to get stragglers caught...

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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2.2.6  Right Down the Center  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2.3    2 months ago

If he is charged we will get to hear it.  I have a feeling it won't matter what he says to many people .

I assure you my jaw won't drop. Shit comes out of his mouth all the time. At this point it is background noise to people that have a life outside of trump.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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2.2.7  Right Down the Center  replied to  JBB @2.2.5    2 months ago

That is what I thought.  I already know the answer, I was just interested to see if you acknowledged it. How deep is your head in the sand? No need to answer, that is a rhetorical question.  The answer is obvious.

 
 
 
JBB
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2.2.8  seeder  JBB  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.2.7    2 months ago

If you are uninformed that is all on you...

You can start by watching the hearings.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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2.2.9  Right Down the Center  replied to  JBB @2.2.8    2 months ago

I agree. If you are uninformed and have no desire to look at the total picture that is on you.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2.2.10  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2.3    2 months ago
Trump continues to believe that the coup was justified

Well, that would mean he's innocent, wouldn't it?  

 
 
 
afrayedknot
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2.2.11  afrayedknot  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.2.6    2 months ago

“Shit comes out of his mouth all the time.”

No doubt.

The truth will tell if it will come under oath. If he somehow agrees to that, everyone, even his most ardent apologists, knows he is toast. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.2.12  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.2.10    2 months ago

Nope. He knew he had lost because his lawyers and top white house aides told him he lost. He thinks the coup was justified even though he knew he lost. He is a very immoral person. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2.2.13  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2.12    2 months ago
e knew he had lost because his lawyers and top white house aides told him he lost.

Right.  Trump would never believe people around him were wrong.  

. He thinks the coup was justified even though he knew he lost. 

Good luck proving that. 

 
 
 
afrayedknot
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2.2.14  afrayedknot  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.2.13    2 months ago

“Good luck proving that.”

Just what are you defending? Just who are you defending? And just how do you begin to defend the indefensible? 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.2.15  JohnRussell  replied to  afrayedknot @2.2.14    2 months ago
Just what are you defending? Just who are you defending? And just how do you begin to defend the indefensible? 

It is their SOP.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2.2.16  Sean Treacy  replied to  afrayedknot @2.2.14    2 months ago
Just what are you defending? Just who are you defending?

I'm not "defending" anyone or anything.  Just pointing out the law.  Good luck proving beyond a reasonable doubt  Trump knew he lost.  If he believed he was the actual winner, he's not guilty of attempting to defraud anyone. 

 
 
 
afrayedknot
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2.2.17  afrayedknot  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.2.16    2 months ago

“If he believed he was the actual winner, he's not guilty of attempting to defraud anyone.”

You are smarter than that.

The call to Georgia ring a bell? If not, how many nft cards did you purchase? Fraud is his MO. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
2.2.18  Sean Treacy  replied to  afrayedknot @2.2.17    2 months ago
he call to Georgia ring a bell?

Sure. Have you read the actual transcript? 

 
 
 
Sparty On
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2.2.19  Sparty On  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.2    one month ago

Yep

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3  Trout Giggles    2 months ago

I would like Special Counsel Smith to look into those who helped the Jan 6 rioters carry out a reconnaissance the days prior to the riot

 
 
 
JBB
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3.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    2 months ago

Yes, and who the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers already convicted of seditious conspiracy were conspiring with in the days leading up to Jan 6.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  JBB @3.1    2 months ago

I'm talking about the congress critters who took the future rioters on a "tour" of the Capitol building

 
 
 
JBB
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3.1.2  seeder  JBB  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.1    2 months ago

They also engaged in seditious conspiracy!

 
 
 
Gsquared
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4  Gsquared    2 months ago

The evidence is fairly overwhelming on all four counts against Trump that the Committee is referring to the DOJ, despite the reactionaries' B.S. propaganda to the contrary.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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4.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Gsquared @4    2 months ago

What's overwhelming about it?

 
 
 
JBB
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4.1.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Greg Jones @4.1    2 months ago

The overwhelming evidence against Trump!

Trump planned and inspired January 6th...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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4.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  JBB @4.1.1    2 months ago

I wouldn't say he planned it, the riot fell into his lap. He definitely inspired it

 
 
 
JBB
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4.1.3  seeder  JBB  replied to  Trout Giggles @4.1.2    2 months ago

He did. You were at work during hearings.

Trump's part in conspiring were covered.

Trump called the gop to "Stop The Steal"

They tried and failed. Trump planned it...

 
 
 
JBB
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4.2  seeder  JBB  replied to  Gsquared @4    2 months ago

The pro-Trump argument boils down to this...

original

 
 
 
George
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4.3  George  replied to  Gsquared @4    2 months ago
The evidence is fairly overwhelming on all four counts against Trump that the Committee is referring to the DOJ,

So is Garland incompetent or just plain stupid? Or does he lack the stones to man up and do what's right?

 
 
 
JBB
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4.3.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  George @4.3    2 months ago

The special prosecutor will change Trump...

 
 
 
JBB
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5  seeder  JBB    2 months ago

original Trump still has some cheerleaders. The Trumpetts...

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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5.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JBB @5    2 months ago

Thanks jbb, obesity is always good for a laugh.

 
 
 
JBB
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5.1.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @5.1    2 months ago

original

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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5.1.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JBB @5.1.1    2 months ago

I never really got the attraction of Pink Flamingos, please explain.

 
 
 
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