On Monday, the House select committee probing the 6 January 2021 assault on the Capitol publicly recommended to the Justice Department that former President Donald Trump be criminally prosecuted. They charged him with instigating an uprising, impeding an act of Congress, conspiring to defraud the United States, and conspiring to make a false statement.
What the committee has done is completely unprecedented. No sitting President of the United States has ever been submitted to criminal prosecution by Congress. The committee concluded in its executive summary, which was 154 pages long, that Trump was more to blame than anybody else for the violent mob that stormed the Capitol in 2020 to prevent his loss from being certified.
“The central cause of Jan. 6th was one man, former President Donald Trump, who many others followed,” the report states. “None of the events of Jan. 6th would have happened without him.”
Former White House head of staff Mark Meadows and four attorneys, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Jeffrey Clark, John Eastman, and Kenneth Chesebro, have been named by the committee as possible targets for prosecution for their involvement in supporting Trump’s campaign to overturn the 2020 election.
The committee found, among other things, that Eastman, a legal counsel to Trump, had committed “materially false representations to the federal government” by trying to submit bogus, pro-Trump elector slates to Congress and the National Archives. On January 6, 2018, Attorney General Merrick Garland named Jack Smith as special counsel to lead the Justice Department’s investigation into whether or not Trump improperly handled secret materials.
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In the absence of any actual prosecution authority, the referrals made by the House select committee are just symbolic. On the other hand, I was informed by law enforcement that the committee’s most valuable contribution to the continuing Trump investigations would be to instantly provide prosecutors with access to the over a thousand witness interviews the committee conducted over the last year.
In addition, the committee has amassed almost a million pages of paperwork on the January 6th assault. One law enforcement officer told me, “We have been quite explicit in expressing that we want everything.” To this day, we are still missing several of them.
Former President Donald Trump was formally urged for criminal prosecution by a House select committee investigating the 6 January 2021 attack on the Capitol. They accused him of planning an insurrection, blocking a congressional act, defrauding the government, and making a false statement in order to cover it up.
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