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1月. 6 Committee Recommends Criminal Charges Against Donald Trump

AUSTIN, TEXAS - 五月 14: 元米国. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center on May 14, 2022 オースティンで, テキサス. The national event gathered conservatives from around the country to defend, empower and help promote conservative agendas nationwide. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, TEXAS - 五月 14: 元米国. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center on May 14, 2022 オースティンで, テキサス. The national event gathered conservatives from around the country to defend, empower and help promote conservative agendas nationwide. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

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NS 私たち. House committee investigating the riots of Jan. 6, 2021, has officially recommended that the Department of Justice lay four criminal charges against former President ドナルド・トランプ, including conspiracy to defraud the government and inciting an insurrection.

Saying that Trumpwanted to ride in like Mussolini on the shoulders of the mob,” Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin announced that the committee had voted to refer the 75-year-old former president to the Department of Justice for allegedly obstructing an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the government, inciting an insurrection and conspiracy to make a false statement.

Raskin added that the committee would refer Trump attorney John Eastman for allegedly obstructing an official proceeding and conspiracy to defraud the government.

According to a preview of the committee’s final report, they will also refer four members of congress to the House Ethics Committee for refusing to comply with subpoenas: House GOP Leader ケビンマッカーシー, 担当者. Jim Jordan, 担当者. Scott Perry および担当者. Andy Biggs.

John Eastman

John Eastman

John Eastman.
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イーストマン, チャップマン大学の元教授, トランプの弁護士であり、当時の大統領を支援して、 2020 選挙でした “盗まれた。”

しかし, according to filings made public by the committee earlier, イーストマンは単なるアドバイザーではありませんでした: “彼は1月の朝の集会で演説した 6, その集会に参加している何万人もの人々に証明された虚偽を広める, 特別委員会が調査している特定の問題の多くで、より幅広い役割を果たしているようです。”

In response to questions posed by the committee, Eastman has invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, ファイリングは言う, そしてしようとしました “弁護士とクライアントの特権と成果物保護の主張の背後にある一連の関連文書を隠します。”

As the criminal referrals themselves carry no official legal weight, they are largely symbolic — and come just weeks before Republicans gain control of the House, effectively putting an end to the committee’s work altogether. It will now to be up to the Justice Department to determine whether or not to charge the former president or Eastman.

1月6日の暴動

1月6日の暴動

1月の国会議事堂暴動. 6, 2021.
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The referrals come as the Justice Department is already looking into the events surrounding Jan. 6, and has for months been hearing testimony in a criminal probe of the riots.

Recent testimonies by those close to former Vice President マイクペンス offer an indication that the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into Jan. 6 激化している, per recent reporting by ニューヨークタイムズ.

The committee’s hearings, which began airing publicly in June, have featured new revelations about the events leading up to the attacks and how Trump and his allies responded.

間で most notable allegations are that Trump at one point attempted to force his Secret Service agents to drive him to the Capitol building himself as his supporters were descending on the building.

The House committee’s final report is set be released Wednesday, and will provide the DOJ additional evidence to work with while they consider potential charges.

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Trump has consistently embraced the extremism expressed by those who participated in the Capitol riots, which ended in the death of one Capitol police officer who died after being beaten by the rioters. Several other officers were also beaten, some sustaining life-threatening injuries.

Since leaving office in 2021, Trump has continued to express solidarity for the rioters who broke in to the Capitol that day, filming a video as recently as this month in which he said they had been treated “とても, very unfairly.

The announcement of the criminal referrals comes amid several other investigations into Trump, including one of handling of classified documents after leaving office.