January 6 Committee Trump’s Criminal Dismissals and More – What It All Means

In what is not a shocking decision, the House Select Committee announced on Thursday January 6 that it was consider criminal proceedings against former President Donald Trump, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and possibly three other Trump associates in connection with the events of January 6, 2021. The January 6 committee is made up of just two Republicans, Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and seven Democrats.

Committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said the committee will meet virtually this weekend and decisions on referrals should be made then.

Others likely to be on the criminal referral list include former Trump legal adviser John Eastman, former Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark. . All referrals made by the Committee are recommendations only and have no legal connection with the Department of Justice or any other government agency.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who serves on the subcommittee suggesting referrals and the Jan. 6 committee, said, “We want to make sure no one falls through the cracks. We want to ensure that the main organizers and instigators of this attack do not escape the scrutiny of the legal system. I think anyone who engages in criminal actions should be held accountable and we will make that clear. »

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On what will the penal references of January 6 be based?

The January 6 committee argues that each of Trump’s allies played a role in the so-called overthrow attempt the result of the 2020 presidential election.

As for Eastman, the committee says its role was to suggest a legal theory that would allow Vice President Mike Pence to block certification of the election. This theory was completely dismissed by White House lawyers and Pence allies and was never floated.

The committee’s allegations against Clark are even more dubious. The committee says it was Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry who linked Clark to the Trump White House in December 2020. Testimony from witness Cassidy Hutchinson, a low-level Meadows aide, claimed Perry wanted “Mr. Clark – Mr. Jeff Clark to take over the Department of Justice.

A CNN report called Giuliani “a principal architect” in the events of that day. Giuliani’s initial subpoena alleges the former New York City mayor was communicating with Trump and House members “regarding strategies to delay or nullify the 2020 election results.”

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January Committee on Crime since 2021

Although these criminal referrals in connection with January 6 have just been announced, the committee’s search for anything to pin down the criminality has been going on for some time. From December 2021, the Committee threatened Mark Meadows with criminal contempt of Congress.

In October 2021, Meadows initially said he would not cooperate with any subpoenas, but in December he flip-flopped and said he would. Meadows then flip-flopped again and sued the Committee, asking a federal court to block the subpoena.

The Committee also had his sights set on the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for a while. In January, Thompson sent a letter to McCarthy asking him to appear voluntarily before the Committee. McCarthy refused to cooperate and called the committee “illegitimate”.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) also received a subpoena, to which he wrote a forceful response questioning the “constitutionality and validity” of the committee.

The January 6 committee, however, may have finally reversed the situation.

Just last week, we reported that McCarthy sent a letter to the Thompson asking the committee to keep their documents. McCarthy’s notice is a good indication that the Jan. 6 committee itself will be under investigation for the new GOP-led house in January 2023.

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