Now several months after their investigation, members of the House selection committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots are weighing the possibility of sending criminal referrals to the Justice Department, New York Times report.
The panel was established to compile the most complete report on the Capitol attack and make recommendations to prevent similar attacks in the future. Since starting its investigation this summer, the commission has interviewed more than 300 witnesses and received tens of thousands of documents and records. The more they learn about the Capitol riots, the dates leading up to it, and the players involved, the more jury members are considering introducing criminals, Times report.
Committee investigators are looking specifically at two counts: whether the electronic fraud was committed by Republicans, who raised millions of dollars from fraudulent election fraud allegations. grounded and whether former President Donald Trump and his allies obstructed Congress by trying to block the confirmation of electoral votes, people familiar with the matter told Times. They did not share evidence that the committee could support a criminal referral.
A criminal referral from Congress has no legal validity, but it could pressure Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate Trump’s conduct related to January 6, Times speak. The House sent Congress contemptuous referrals to the Justice Department because two Trump allies refused to cooperate with the committee’s investigation: former chief strategist Stephen Bannon and former White House chief of staff Mark. Meadows.
https://theweek.com/politics/1008287/report-jan-6-committee-considering-possibility-of-criminal-referrals Report: January 6 committee considers potential criminal referrals