The House panel probing the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol is considering recommending that the Justice Department file three criminal charges against former President Donald Trump, including sedition.
The panel is also considering recommending that prosecutors charge him with obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiracy to defraud the United States, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The commission’s deliberations were continuing late Friday, and no decision had been finalized on which specific allegations the commission would refer to the Justice Department.
The panel will meet publicly on Monday, when the recommendation will be issued.
The deliberations were confirmed to the Associated Press by a person familiar with the matter, who could not be named and spoke on condition of anonymity. A second person familiar with the deliberations confirmed that the commission is weighing three charges.
The decision to issue recommendations was not unexpected. The panel’s vice chair, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, has hinted at months of sending criminal recommendations to the Justice Department based on the extensive evidence compiled by the nine-member commission since its creation in July 2021.
Although Congress can send criminal recommendations to the Justice Department, it is ultimately up to federal prosecutors to decide whether charges will be filed.
During its investigation, the commission recommended that several members of Trump’s inner circle be prosecuted after they refused to comply with congressional subpoenas.