(RepublicanNews.Org) – The House January 6th committee will gather publicly on Monday, 19th December, and is expected to make referrals to the Justice Department requesting them to pursue at least three criminal charges against former President Trump. The subjects of the referrals are: obstructing an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the government, and inciting or assisting an insurrection. The public hearing will be televised, and live-streamed online.
A source familiar with the committee’s discussions described their plans to an NBC reporter, but the committee did not respond to a follow-up request for comment from the news organization.
Referrals from a congressional committee are not legally binding. It will be the decision of the Justice Department whether to charge Trump or any other persons referred to them. Some of the other possible referrals include John Eastman, who was a member of Trump’s legal team. Several Republican members of Congress are expected to be referred to House Ethics Committee for failing to comply with subpoenas to appear.
Trump himself is amongst those who failed to honor a subpoena request, choosing instead to respond to the request with a 14-page letter. This missive questioned the purpose of the committee and pointed out that in the days before January 6th, he had actually authorized troops to be deployed in Washington, D.C., to ensure safety and security. Steve Bannon, who advised Trump on the campaign trail and the early days of the presidency, was sentenced to four months in prison for contempt of Congress for non-compliance with a committee subpoena.
The day before the public hearing, Trump appeared to react to the leaked information in a post on Truth Social, accusing the “Unselect Committee” of illegally leaking confidential information. He also made reference to the “Russia Hoax”, which he called “the con of the century.”
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