Watch: House Jan. 6 committee expected to recommend criminal charges
Dec 19, 2022, 10:45 AM | Updated: 10:59 am
The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is expected to recommend criminal charges against former President Donald Trump during its final public meeting Monday.
The Jan. 6 Committee’s session is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Arizona time and be livestreamed.
The nine-member panel that includes two Republicans hasn’t held a hearing on the 2021 insurrection since October.
Lawmakers have suggested in particular that their recommended charges against Trump could include conspiracy to defraud the United States, obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress and insurrection.
Members of the committee have said that the referrals for other individuals may also include ethics violations, legal misconduct and campaign finance violations.
A criminal referral has no real legal standing.
The panel blamed Trump for the riot, calling it an “attempted coup” in a June hearing during which committee members pointed to his repeated lies about election fraud and ongoing effort to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.
The committee conducted over 1,000 interviews – Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testified – and gathered more than a million documents since it launched in July 2021.
Panel members may make ethics referrals for five House Republicans — including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy — who ignored the panel’s congressional subpoenas.
The panel will disband Jan. 3.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.