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Jan. 6 panel to vote on urging DOJ to prosecute Trump

Washington, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) The House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, is expected to announce it will refer at least three criminal charges against former President Donald Trump to the Justice department (DOJ), including insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiracy to defraud the federal government, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The committee’s final recommendations could include additional charges proposed for Trump, according to the source. The referral recommendations will be presented at a committee meeting on Monday and the final report will provide justification from the panel’s investigation for recommending the charges.

On January 6, 2021, hundreds of Trump´s supporters swarmed into the Capitol to stop Joe Biden’s Nov. 2020 election victory. This insurrection resulted in five deaths and more than 140 police officers injured.

The House created a select commission to investigate into the riots and coming Wednesday is scheduled to present its final report, which includes over 1,000 witnesses´ testimonies.

The select committee said last week that it is willing to share information with DOJ about its inquiries, although the parties have been at odds for the past year and a half, and the committee even rejected a request from the government agency in past May to have access to transcripts of its interviews.

However, the impact of the references from the select committee could have remains unclear, since DOJ investigation is already reviewing Donald Trump in its extensive Jan. 6 probe, the CNN reported.

Plus, the DOJ is probing Trump’s retention of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago mansion, more than a year after leaving the Oval Office.

There are suspicions of an increasingly aggressive investigation by special prosecutor Jack Smith, as well as the reality of a calendar that offers limited time, as Trump launched in November his re-election candidacy and any possible indictment would have to be before the 2024 campaign is in full swing.

As CNN pointed out, any decision to indict Trump would trigger an enraged political backlash, and given the movement in support of the former president has already shown that it sees violence as a legitimate tool, things could get especially dangerous.


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