Lawmakers urge criminal charges against Trump
- The United States congressional panel investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol is has held its final public session.
- The committee has voted unanimously to recommend charges against former President Donald Trump to the Department of Justice (DoJ).
Trump’s actions are ‘crimes against the American people’: Lawmaker
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has said that Trump’s actions around the 2020 elections are “crimes against the American people”.
Panel unanimously votes to recommend Trump charges
The committee has unanimously approved recommending criminal charges against Trump, including inciting insurrection.
Congressman reveals charges to be recommended against Trump
Congressman Jamie Raskin has outlined the criminal charges that the committee will recommend against Trump for his effort to overturn the 2020 election and subsequent role in the January 6 riot.
The charges are:
- Obstruction of an official proceeding
- Conspiracy to defraud the United States
- Conspiracy to make a false statement to the federal government
- Inciting, assisting or aiding insurrection
Trump ‘summoned’ rioters to Washington, DC: Congresswoman
Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy has highlighted Trump’s role in inciting the riot by pushing to bring his supporters – who ended up attacking the Capitol – to Washington, DC, last year.
“He turned to his supporters, those who believed his lies about a stolen election. He summoned a crowd to the nation’s capitol on January 6, hoping that they would pressure Congress to do what he could not do on his own,” said Murphy, referring to overturning the elections.
Committee rehashing content of previous sessions
Members of the committee are presenting a summation of findings revealed in previous sessions.
Kinzinger, one of the two Republicans on the panel, highlighted Trump’s push to pressure the Justice Department to help overturn the election and validate his false fraud claims, and the resistance he met by top prosecutors.
Schiff slams Trump’s ‘callous’ attacks on election officials
Schiff has said that Trump’s voting fraud claims sparked death threats and harassment campaigns against local election officials, especially those mentioned by name by the former president and his supporters.
The congressman said the campaign against election officials “was callous, inhuman, inexcusable and dangerous”.
“Those responsible should be held accountable,” he added.
Congresswoman lays out ‘specific findings’ by panel
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, a Democratic member of the committee, has laid out the panel’s “specific findings”:
- Trump disseminated false claims of fraud.
- Before the election, the former president planned to declare victory regardless of the results.
- Trump raised hundreds of millions of dollars through “false representation”.
- Trump made claims of election fraud even after being told by aides that they were false.
- The ex-president “knowingly and corruptly repeated election fraud lies, which incited his supporters to violence on January 6”.
January 6 riot participants face criminal proceedings
The committee’s final session comes as a number of participants in the Capitol riot face criminal proceedings and sentencing for their roles in the events of January 6.
Last week, a US District Court judge sentenced an Iowa construction worker and believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory to five years in prison for taking part in the attack.