The House select committee looking into the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, is working quickly to complete its long-awaited report, which it anticipates making public in December, and make conclusions regarding potential recommendations of criminal charges to the Justice Department.
The committee’s year-and-a-half-long investigation will be summarized in the report, based on more than 1,000 interviews, extensive videos of the attack, and millions of documents.
According to committee members, the report may recommend criminal charges against President Donald Trump and his allies, who they say helped him attempt to rig the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The report will also include legislative suggestions for Congress on actions to strengthen the process of certifying an election.
According to insiders, the Justice Department investigators want to speak with Mr. Pence as part of the DOJ’s ongoing investigation into efforts by Mr. Trump and his associates to avenge Mr. Trump’s loss in the 2020 election.
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Mr. Pence has declined to address the select committee and has yet to decide whether to agree to an interview with DOJ representatives.
But according to the people familiar with his thinking, the former vice president sees the Justice Department inquiry as distinct from what he sees as a politicized House investigation.
Trump has defended his actions and called the committee’s investigation a politicized witch hunt. Early in 2021, the House impeached the former president on a charge of instigating an uprising while the Senate cleared him.
Republican House To Focus On Secretary Of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas
Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), have frequently criticized the January 6 investigation and made it clear they don’t want it to continue under new GOP leadership.
Instead, they want to focus on investigations into the Biden administration. The January 6 investigation will conclude after this Congress ends.
Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and border crossings will be the topics of hearings that Mr. McCarthy has promised to convene.
MCCARTHY: "I am calling on the Secretary [Mayorkas] to resign…if Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action, and every failure. We'll determine whether we can begin impeachment inquiry." pic.twitter.com/QJ5RAHHcjV
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 22, 2022
During a press conference last week that previewed GOP investigation plans, legislators focused on looking into President Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
During its ninth public hearings held from June to October this year, the committee argued that Mr. Trump was at the epicenter of a multifaceted effort to overturn the results of his opponent, current President Biden, in the 2020 election.
The hearings aimed to demonstrate that Mr. Trump caused the riot on January 6 by making unfounded claims of election fraud and putting pressure on federal and state officials to give him the election through the testimony of numerous Republicans, including former members of his administration like Attorney General Bill Barr.
An investigation by the Justice Department and one by Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis into Mr. Trump’s campaign to persuade Georgia state officials to interfere in the state’s election is centered on those actions.
Attorney General Merrick Garland chose Jack Smith, a veteran federal and international war crimes prosecutor, last week to serve as the special counsel in charge of the DOJ’s inquiries into Mr. Trump.
That includes the department’s investigation into handling confidential information at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and the former president’s attempt to reverse the 2020 election loss.
The committee is making decisions over what will be included in its report as it attempts to complete its inquiry in the upcoming weeks.
A new subcommittee headed by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D, Md.) was created a few weeks ago by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D, Miss.), chairman of the House committee, to address open problems before the report was released.
Last Monday, Mr. Raskin told reporters, “We’re looking at criminal and civil referrals for persons who’ve broken the law.”
The subcommittee includes Reps. Liz Cheney (R, Wyoming), Zoe Lofgren (D, California), and Adam Schiff (D, California).
Around the time the report is released, the select committee anticipates holding a final hearing. This hearing would be the 10th public hearing of the year, following the most recent hearing on October 13.
According to Mr. Thompson, the committee is considering its options about the subpoena it issued for Mr. Trump at the end of that session.
Trump Refuses To Comply With J6 Committee Subpoenas
The subpoena includes a broad request for information about the former president’s effort to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election, but Mr. Trump has refused to abide by it.
In a joint statement, last week after Mr. Trump skipped a deposition, Mr. Thompson and Ms. Cheney, the Vice Chairwoman of the Subcommittee, claimed that Mr. Trump “is hiding from the Select Committee’s investigation.”
She continued by saying that Trump is refusing to do what more than a thousand other witnesses have done.
After the Republicans take over the House in January, the subpoena’s significance will likely disappear.
Mr. Trump’s legal counsel, David Warrington, a Dhillon Law Group lawyer, stated last month that his firm is studying the subpoena and “will reply as necessary to this unprecedented move.”
The panel, which consists of two Republicans and seven Democrats, also slammed Mr. Pence for declaring in a recent interview with CBS that he wouldn’t testify before the panel because of its politicization.
The panel has publicly presented the evidence of numerous Republican witnesses, Mr. Thompson and Ms. Cheney retorted. “It was not partisan; it was accurate,” they claimed.
The report will likely contain new information regarding the investigation conducted by the select committee into the Secret Service’s involvement on January 6, including the removal of text messages from that date on Secret Service agents’ phones.
The sham J6 committee is ignoring the facts. pic.twitter.com/iqBtsHw6Mp
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) October 13, 2022
This a developing story.
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