Jamie Raskin Announces Criminal Referrals

Jamie Raskin Announces Criminal Referrals

(AmericanProsperity.com) – It’s been nearly two years since supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Democrats formed the January 6 Committee to investigate the events that unfolded that day, with many attempting to pin the blame on the former commander in chief. Now, about a year and a half after launching its investigation, Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) declared the committee would be referring criminal charges for the former president to the DOJ.

Raskin’s Remarks

Representative Raskin included in his remarks to his colleagues on the panel that the American judicial system isn’t one where only grunts and foot soldiers face prosecution. He asserted that the masterminds and puppeteers don’t get off scot free. The Democrat mentioned the January 6 Committee was granted the opportunity to present its findings to a federal judge, claiming that alone set its investigation apart from other congressional probes.

Charging Trump

The January 6 Committee recently held its last hearing, which led to a unanimous decision to refer Trump and others allegedly connected to the Capitol riot to the DOJ for multiple criminal charges. Raskin announced the committee’s determination listed charges of conspiracy to defraud the US via aiding and abetting an insurrection, conspiracy to defraud the US, conspiracy to make a false statement, and obstruction of an official proceeding. The DOJ takes these recommendations seriously, but that doesn’t mean it’s obligated to proceed with the charges.

The January 6 Committee also referred Representatives Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Scott Perry (R-PA) to the House Ethics Committee for their failure to respect subpoenas. Nonetheless, it’s unlikely any of these Republicans will face repercussions. The GOP will control the House come January, and McCarthy is likely to become the next Speaker of the House.

Still, the panel’s decision to unanimously vote to refer Trump shows how seriously they’re taking the situation. The former president has denied doing anything wrong. If he does get convicted of assisting or inciting an insurrection, he would be ineligible to hold office, either publicly or in the military, under the 14th Amendment.

The committee also mentioned the potential to refer Trump’s election lawyer John Eastman for the part he played in advancing the efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Eastman is the man responsible for crafting the plan for Mike Pence, who was serving as Trump’s vice president at the time, to reject the certification of state electors when Congress convened on January 6, 2021.

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