The Jan. 6 House select committee announced a criminal referral against former President Trump and associates to the Justice Department Monday.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said the committee believes they have evidence of Trump’s “obstruction of an official proceeding” in Congress, “conspiracy to defraud the United States,” “conspiracy to make a false statement” to the federal government, and “‘incite’, ‘assist’ or ‘aid or comfort’ an insurrection.”
The committee’s criminal referral after the 18-month investigation holds no legal weight.
Attorney General Merrick Garland will have the final say on the referral.
BREAKING: Jan. 6 panel unveils criminal referral against Donald Trump and associates, citing evidence for their prosecution – AP pic.twitter.com/xha2aVCbrv— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) December 19, 2022
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who lost her Republican congressional primary, said Trump is “unfit for any office.”
Former president Donald Trump is “unfit for any office,” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said in her opening remarks, as the January 6th Committee meets for its final session on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. https://t.co/JJlEUHp16J pic.twitter.com/jtuiVK4Ye3— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 19, 2022
The January 6 panel referred four Republicans — Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Scott Perry (R-PA) — to the House Ethics Committee for defying a congressional subpoena.
Jordan, who slammed the committee on the “Todd Starnes Show” Monday, responded in a statement.
“This is just another partisan and political stunt made by a Select Committee that knowingly altered evidence, blocked minority representation on a Committee for the first time in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives, and failed to respond to Mr. Jordan’s numerous letters and concerns surrounding the politicization and legitimacy of the Committee’s work,” a Jordan spokesperson said.