January 6 Committee Refers Trump to the DOJ for Criminal Probe Over Capitol Siege
The January 6 committee referred Donald Trump to the Department of Justice on Monday for criminal investigation and possible prosecution for the former president’s efforts to overturn his defeat in the election in 2020.
According to the committee's historic referral, there is enough evidence to charge Trump with four crimes: impeding an official process, conspiring to defraud the government, making materially false statements to the federal government, and inciting or helping an insurgency.
While the DOJ takes criminal referrals seriously, it isn't compelled to charge anybody with a crime. Trump has not been charged with any crimes linked to the US attack. Capitol and has rejected all allegations of impropriety.
If Trump is charged with and convicted of insurrection, he might be prohibited from holding federal office again under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Constitution. Last month, Trump stated that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
However, it emphasizes how seriously the committee takes Trump's conduct after the election, in the weeks leading up to a mob of his supporters storming the corridors of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.
January 6 Committee Releases Referrals Following 18-Month Investigation
The referrals result from a roughly 18-month investigation that includes over 1,000 witness interviews, subpoenas for documents and electronic communications, and public hearings.
The DOJ is already pursuing a criminal inquiry of Trump for those acts, which involved an effort to reverse his defeat to President Joe Biden in numerous swing states and to urge Pence to refuse to recognize Congress' certification of Biden's victory in the Electoral College.
Separately, the DOJ is investigating him for removing official papers from the White House after he left office in January 2021.