January 6 committee considering asking DOJ to pursue multiple criminal charges against Trump

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January 6 committee considering asking DOJ to pursue multiple criminal charges against Trump

Jamie Gangel
Katelyn Polantz

 

By Jamie Gangel and Katelyn Polantz, CNN

Updated 7:04 PM EST, Fri December 16, 2022

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The House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, is considering asking the Justice Department to pursue at least three criminal charges against former President Donald Trump, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The criminal charges being considered include obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the federal government and insurrection. The referral recommendations will be presented at a committee meeting on Monday.

The recommendations match allegations the select committee made against Trump and his elections attorney John Eastman in a previous court proceeding seeking Eastman’s emails.

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A judge had agreed with the House, finding it could access Eastman’s emails about his 2020 election work for Trump because the pair was likely planning to defraud the US and engaging in a conspiracy to obstruct Congress, according to that court proceeding.

The final committee report could include additional charges proposed for Trump, according to the source. It will provide justification from its investigation for recommending the charges.

The Guardian was first to report on the committee’s consideration of the charges.

Steven Cheung, a spokesman for Trump, criticized the committee in a statement as a “Kangaroo court” that held “show trials by Never Trump partisans who are a stain on this country’s history.”

The impact House referrals could have remains unclear because the Department of Justice special counsel investigation is already examin

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