Almost two years after the infamous event that took place at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, the select committee is set to vote on urging the Department of Justice to prosecute former President Donald Trump to the full extent of the law.
The charges add up to quite a sizeable amount, including insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy to defraud the US government, the majority of them inapplicable to Trump’s actions at the time.
January 6th panel pushes for the prosecution of Trump on three charges
It’s still unknown whether the committee will include additional charges in the final version of their report or if they’ll focus on prosecuting the other players involved in Trump’s statements on January 6th.
BREAKING: The January 6th committee panel will vote on referring at least THREE criminal charges against Donald Trump to the Department of Justice.
— Erica Marsh (@ericareport) December 16, 2022
Their insurrection charge is barely held up by District Court Judge Amit Mehta’s ruling from February. This claims Trump’s speech could’ve incited violence when a “mob” of his supporters stormed the Capitol.
However, it’s not that hard to look up some factual information that goes against all of these claims. There are dozens of reports and video evidence some of Trump’s supporters were peacefully protesting outside the building.
The report also included last year’s impeachment trial and the 57 votes cast in the Senate, which would convict Trump on an “incitement of insurrection” charge passed on by the Democratic House.
They’ll have to act fast though. Republicans are set to retake the House in January this year. With Kevin McCarthy taking the lead, a huge crackdown on smear campaigns like this one is underway.
They spied on his campaign.
They impeached him.
They created a special counsel to harass him.
Now, they want to enact legislation to bar him from holding office again.
Despite all that, President Trump never stopped fighting for you.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 16, 2022
DOJ’s probe into Trump fetched nothing
A spokesman from the Trump team denounced all of the charges the committee presented, claiming the trials held were nothing but show labeling those involved as a stain on this great country’s history.
Following up on his initial statement, spokesman Steven Cheung added the attempt to prosecute Trump has been nothing short of an insult to our democracy and the committee’s actions were reminiscent of a sad Hollywood executive’s vanity project.
The DOJ does not need to consider any referrals from Congress, especially seeing as they’re already in the middle of a probe into Trump’s actions on January 6th.
BREAKING: President Trump announces free speech policy plan for 2024! pic.twitter.com/66VBvXy7t0
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 15, 2022
Unfortunately, this won’t stop the committee from pushing the referrals, despite them having no legal weight; their only hope is they’ll be able to influence the decision-making process of the prosecution team.
The panel spent months throwing around allegations that Trump purposely spread misinformation about the election results, hoping it would help him remain in power. Some of the allegations went even further and claimed he incited further violence during the attack itself.
Much to the dismay of the angry Democratic crowd, Trump has returned to the race for the 2024 presidential election.