WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The House committee probing the violent riot at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 urged the Justice Department to file criminal charges against Donald Trump on Monday, calling on the former president to be held accountable Done and there is a “moment of reflection and reckoning”.
In the culmination of one of the most detailed and aggressive congressional investigations in living memory, the panel of seven Democrats and two Republicans recommended criminal charges against Trump and who launched a sweeping pressure campaign to try to reverse their defeat in Trump. helped to do. 2020 election. The panel also released a lengthy summary of its final report, which concluded that Trump engaged in “multiple conspiracies” to thwart the will of the voters.
At its last meeting on Monday, the commission alleged that Trump violated four criminal statutes before and during the riots itself, and recommended that the Justice Department prosecute the former president. Aiding insurrection is one of the charges recommended by the commission in an effort to hold him directly responsible for the actions of his supporters who stormed the Capitol on that day in 2021.
The commission also voted to refer conservative attorney John Eastman, who orchestrated questionable legal maneuvering aimed at keeping Trump in office, to face trial on two of the same charges against Trump: Conspiracy to defraud and obstruction of an official proceeding.
While a criminal remand is largely symbolic, since the Justice Department ultimately decides whether to prosecute Trump or others, it marks a conclusive end to an investigation that was almost its sole focus from the beginning.
The committee’s chairman, Democratic lawmaker Bennie Thompson, said Trump had “broken the trust” people cast their ballots in a democracy and that the prosecutors’ recommendations could provide “guidance to justice” based on what the commission does.
“I think almost two years later, it’s still a time for reflection and reckoning,” Thompson said. “If we are to survive as a nation of law and democracy, this can never happen again.”
In her opening remarks, Republican Representative Liz Cheney, the panel’s vice chair, said that every president in US history “except one” has supported an orderly transition of power.
The commission approved its final report by a vote of 9 in favor and 0 against, which will include findings, interview transcripts and legislative recommendations. The full report is expected on Wednesday.
A 154-page summary of the report released at the end of the hearing found that Trump engaged in “multiple conspiracies” to overturn the election. While most of the report’s main findings are not new, taken together it represents one of the most damaging portraits of an American president in recent history, given Trump’s extensive efforts to reverse his own defeat. exposes and what they say is their direct. responsibility in the rebellion of his supporters.
The panel, which will disband on Jan. 3 after Republicans regain a majority in the House of Representatives, has conducted more than 1,000 interviews, held 10 public hearings and collected more than a million documents since it was created in July 2021. Huh. After the evidence piled up, members of the commission have gained more confidence to declare that Trump, who is a Republican, is to blame for the violent attack on the Capitol.
Associated Press writers Lisa Mascaro, Jill Colvin and Kevin Freking contributed to this report.