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6 January Committee to Meet and Consider Criminal Referrals to Trump's Justice Department and 4 Colleagues

6 January Committee to

Meet and Consider Criminal Referrals to

Trump's Justice Department and 4 Colleagues

According to numerous reports, the House Select Committee considering the January 6, 2021 uprising is considering referring former President Trump and at least four other people for criminal prosecution to the DOJ.

The 6 January committee is considering advising the Justice Department to open criminal investigations into or bring charges against Trump, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, attorney John Eastman, Rudy Giuliani, a former Trump attorney, and Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official.

According to CNN.

According to many people who spoke to CNN

  1. the committee did not choose who it
  2. would bring to the department for prosecution
  3. and what the possible charges would be.

According to a source familiar with the situation, Bloomberg also reported that the committee was considering referrals of these five people.

According to reports

the Commission's final report on the incident and its list of criminal referrals will be made public on December 21, according to statements made by Committee Chairman Penny Thompson (D-Miss).

for the media on Thursday. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)

  1. a member of the committee
  2. told reporters that lawmakers were still discussing
  3. who should be on the list.

There is an "agreement" among members about referrals, according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), another member who spoke to CNN.

The Justice Department will have the final say on whether charges will be filed, and the recommendations will not be legally binding.

According to Bloomberg

Thompson stated that members will meet virtually over the weekend and make a decision afterwards.

According to Bloomberg, he refused to

reveal who the Commission would propose to charge.

After receiving a subpoena last year

Meadows provided the committee with more than 2,000 letters he sent and received between Election Day 2020 and Inauguration Day 2021, but refused to cooperate further or testify.

Last December, the House of Representatives voted to hold Meadows in contempt, but the Justice Department ultimately decided against charges.

According to CNN 

  • the transcripts appear to show Meadows discussing
  • with Republican Party officials and members of
  • during the election, as well as during and after the uprising.

Eastman spoke before the committee on 6 January

but repeatedly referred to the Fifth Amendment's privilege against self

  • incrimination. At a hearing
  • the commission revealed that he was a key player in
  • Mike Pence, the former vice president, was persuaded to
  • overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

The Committee heard Clark's Fifth

Amendment as the first witness.

According to reports

he tried to send a letter to Georgia's election officials explaining the false concerns of the Justice Department about the results of the state election.

He accused Giuliani of fabricating allegations of voter fraud in an attempt to persuade state lawmakers in many states, including Georgia, to overturn the election results. It is the subject of an investigation by Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis regarding actions taken by Trump and his allies to challenge the results of the state election.