On Monday, the House Committee will present its final case to the American people regarding former President Trump’s unprecedented efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
Washington – House Committee Investigating Case Capitol riot will make it The last public showing is on Monday about the unprecedented efforts made by Donald Trump to overturn the results of the presidential elections he lost in 2020. The committee described it as “attempted coup” This guarantees Criminal prosecution from the Ministry of Justice.
This is expected to be the committee’s closing argument as it wraps up a year-and-a-half investigation and prepares to release a final report detailing its findings on the insurrection in the nation’s capital on Jan. 6, 2021, as Congress. He was witnessing Joe Biden’s presidential victory. The committee, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, is scheduled to be dissolved at the end of the year.
Monday’s meeting will be the committee’s 11th plenary session since its formation in July 2021. More than 20 million people attended the first hearing, on June 9.
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The commission is expected to file criminal and civil cases against the former president and his allies, who, according to lawmakers, broke the law or committed ethical violations.
Committee Chairman Rep. Penny Thompson, D-Miss. Referrals may include criminal, ethical, legal misconduct, and campaign finance violations. In particular, lawmakers have suggested that the recommended charges against Trump could include conspiracy to defraud the United States, obstruction of congressional proceedings, and rebellion.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Sunday that he believes Trump has committed multiple crimes. In a specific reference to the rebellion, Schiff said, “If you look at Donald Trump’s actions and compare them to the platform, it’s a very good match.”
“This is someone who tried in multiple ways to pressure state officials into finding votes that don’t exist, this is someone who tried to interfere with a joint session, even incited the mob to attack the Capitol,” Schiff told CNN. the Union “.” If that’s not criminal, I don’t know what is.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, said last week that the committee’s actions will focus on “major players” where there is sufficient or abundant evidence that they committed crimes.
It falls to federal prosecutors to decide whether to press charges. Although non-binding, the committee’s recommendations will add to the political pressure on the Justice Department Special Attorney Jack Smith Conducts an investigation into Jan. 6 and Trump’s actions.
On Monday, the committee may also make ethical referrals to fellow lawmakers.
“We will also consider the appropriate treatment for members of Congress who ignore a congressional subpoena, as well as what evidence was pertinent to our investigation and why we wanted them brought in,” Schiff said. We have examined what the remedy is for members of Congress. Is it a criminal referral to another branch of government, or is it better if Congress polices itself? “
He said the committee has considered censure and morality, and will reveal its decision on Monday.
legislators who did not comply with the subpoenas from the January 6 committee Among them was House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, as well as GOP Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama.
Record for history
Lawmakers promised that Monday’s session will include a preview of the committee’s final report, which is expected to be released on Wednesday. The committee will vote to adopt the official record, effectively allowing the report to be released to the public.
The eight-chapter report will include hundreds of pages of findings about the attack and Trump’s efforts to undermine democracy, drawing on what the panel learned through its interviews with more than 1,000 witnesses.
It will roughly mirror the series of public hearings the committee held over the summer that detailed various aspects of the investigation, including the role of extremist groups in the Jan. 6 violence, Trump’s attempt to enlist the Justice Department in his schemes, and Trump’s role. Coordinating with Republican deputies to cancel the election results.
Additional evidence, including some of the vast amount of video footage and testimony collected by the commission, is expected to be made public before the end of the year.
The expectation of the final report is high. Book publishers already offer pre-publication editions for sale to the public.
With the committee in session one last time, the main legislative response to the rebellion could be on the fast track to passage.
Lawmakers are expected to fix an ambiguous election law that Trump tried to undermine after his defeat in the 2020 election by including legislative changes in the spending bill by the end of the year.
Proposed fix for Electoral screening law It is one of the many by-products of the January 6 attack on the Capitol. A bipartisan group of lawmakers has been working on the legislation since the uprising. Trump and his allies have tried to find loopholes In that law, before Congress ratified the 2020 vote, the former president worked to overturn his defeat against Biden and pressured Pence to move forward, to no avail.
If the bill passes, it would amend the 19th-century law that, along with the Constitution, governs how states and Congress certify electors and declare presidential election winners, ensuring that the popular vote from every state is protected from fraud and that Congress does not make an arbitrary decision. Presidential elections.
The commission is also expected to release its own legislative proposals in its final report, with ideas on how to strengthen and expand the barriers protecting Electoral College certification in 2021.
Since its formation, the January 6 Commission has sought to build a record of history and deepen the public’s understanding of what led to the Capitol attack and the individuals involved.
“Obviously we want to complete the story for the American people,” Raskin said. “Everyone has come on a journey with us and we want a satisfactory outcome, such that people feel like Congress has done its job.”
After conducting thousands of interviews — ranging from Trump cabinet ministers to members of his family — and obtaining tens of thousands of documents, congressional investigators say they have put together a comprehensive look at the worst attack on the Capitol in two centuries.
But the 16-month investigation also provided a roadmap for the types of criminal investigations influencing the Trump and Jan. 6 investigations that are progressing at the local, state and federal levels.
There is some question about whether the Justice Department will act on declaring Trump as the 2024 presidential candidate. Schiff expressed concern Sunday that federal prosecutors may be slow to move on charges as long as Trump is politically relevant. “I think he has to face the same treatment, the force of the law, that everyone else would,” Schiff said.
However, Monday’s session remains the final word for the committee as the temporary or “selected” committee status expires at the end of the current Congress.
Once Republicans have a majority next year, they are not expected to renew the committee, instead launching a series of investigations that will focus on the Biden administration and the president’s family.