For a growing number of Democrats, it is necessary to send to the Department of Justice the information obtained as a result of the investigation of the events of January 6, 2021, when a mob of supporters of the former president stormed Congress to prevent the validation of the presidential victory of Joe Biden.
With what they have discovered, there is a criminal conspiracy, said Democratic representative Juan Vargas, quoted by The Hill newspaper, who, like other colleagues in his party, agree that Trump was the driving force behind the protests with his theory of fraud. electoral.
Given what we have heard in recent days, I think there is enough evidence to justify a criminal complaint, said Rep. Adriano Espaillat.
The possibility of denouncing the former president for his role in the attack on the headquarters of Congress became the center of attention after the president of the select committee, Bennie Thompson, said that he would not issue criminal references to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
That’s not our job, it’s up to us to look at the facts and circumstances around Jan. 6, what caused it, and make recommendations after that, Thompson said.
However, the deputy head of the parliamentary group, Republican Liz Cheney, hinted that it is not a decision made, but that they are still evaluating it.
The Justice Department has already indicted around 800 people in connection with the protests, including members of various far-right groups facing charges of seditious conspiracy.
While a criminal referral from the select committee carries no legal weight, it would put additional pressure on DOJ to investigate members of Trump’s inner circle and even the former White House chief himself.
Public hearings on the events began last week and in last Monday’s session testimonies were heard from former advisers, including former Attorney General William Barr, who said they had informed the Republican leader about the absence of fraud in the 2020 elections, but he ignored them.
Trump allies, including most Republicans on Capitol Hill, were quick to defend the former president, downplaying the Jan. 6 violence and accusing Democrats of waging a “witch hunt” to harm them politically.
Meanwhile, the Democrats insist on closing the fence against Trump when there are five months to go before the mid-term legislative elections and polls recognize the former president’s influence among the bases of the Republican Party despite the constant appearance of evidence about his share of responsibility in the riots .