January 6 Committee Recommends Prosecution of Trump

The January 6 Committee voted unanimously for the Department of Justice to prosecute former president Trump on 4 charges. After over a year of investigation, the committee has referred the department to charge Trump for inciting, assisting, aiding or comforting an insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and conspiracy to make a false statement. Now that the Republicans will have control of the House come January, the committee will likely fade, leaving the decision up to the DOJ. The committee made their decision on December 19, ironically exactly 2 years after what likely sparked inspiration for the insurrection: a tweet in which Trump urged his supporters to protest in Washington in response to the election results. 

Evidence includes over 1,000 interviews, emails, phone calls, and texts on how, in the committee’s opinion, Trump attempted to overturn the 2020 election. They claim in their report that the events on January 6 stem solely from Trump and would not have happened without him. The committee also recommended that John Eastman, an attorney who issued a plan on how ex-Vice President Pence could over the election, be found guilty of obstruction as well and labeled him as a co-conspirator.

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