Before the Republicans reclaim control of the House of Representatives in January, Democrats are rushing to explore making a criminal referral into former President Donald Trump.
Republicans made it plain before this month’s midterm elections that if they won the House, they would dissolve the select committee looking into Trump in relation to the Capitol intrusion on January 6, 2021.
The committee, made up of seven Democrats and two vehemently anti-Trump Republicans, was dubbed “the most political and least legitimate committee in American history.” by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in June. McCarthy is expected to succeed John Boehner as Speaker of the House.
"Speaker Pelosi's Select Committee on January 6th is unlike any other Committee in American history. In fact, it is the most political and least legitimate Committee in American history." – @GOPLeader on Pelosi's political witch-hunt. pic.twitter.com/7H7foovC9y
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) June 9, 2022
One committee member suggested that action would happen soon in light of the GOP reclaiming the House in the midterm elections and Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that he will run for president again in 2024.
On ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday morning, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California stated that the panel is moving toward issuing a criminal referral against Trump.
The Biden administration’s Friday statement that it was appointing a special counsel to probe the former president was brought up by host Jonathan Karl. Inquiries into “whether any person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College vote held on or about January 6, 2021,” were to be conducted by Jack Smith, according to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“What does it mean about the Jan. 6 committee’s deliberations about a criminal referral?” Karl queried. “Will you be making a criminal referral or referrals?”
Right now, Schiff added, “We’re in the midst of reaching a conclusion on that right now, should we make referrals, what kind of referrals should we make,”
“I don’t want to get ahead of that decision. But I can say that I think Judge Carter in California, who analyzed just one small piece of this, concluded that the former president and others were engaged, or there was evidence they were engaged, in a criminal conspiracy, evidence they were engaged in an effort to stop an official proceeding, the joint session,” he stated.
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In March, U.S. District Judge David Carter of the Central District of California said in a ruling in a civil case that it was “more likely than not that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021. “
“I think the evidence is there to make a referral, and we just have to decide whether that’s the course we are going to take,” Schiff said.
Earlier in the interview, Karl asked the congressman about Trump’s Twitter account being reinstated by the social media platform’s new owner, billionaire Elon Musk, which happened just hours before Schiff’s appearance. CONTINUE READING…