Trump should face insurrection, obstruction charges, US Capitol riot panel says

WASHINGTON: U.S. House of Representatives Committee investigates January 6, 2021 attacks on United States capital on Monday asked federal prosecutors to charge Donald Trump with obstruction and rebellion for his role in sparking the deadly riot.
The Democratic-led selection committee’s request to the Justice Department is non-binding, but comes as a special counsel is overseeing two other federal investigations into the former Republican president. peace regarding his attempt to overturn his 2020 election defeat and the deletion of classified documents from the White House.
The Council recommended the Ministry of Justice to charge trumpet obstructing the official process of Congress, conspiring to deceive the United States, making false statements, and supporting or instigating and insurrection.
“An uprising is an uprising against the government of the United States. It is a serious federal offense, enshrined in the Constitution itself,” said Representative Jamie Raskin, a Democrat. owner in the selected committee member, said when he announced the charges.
A spokesman for the Justice Department declined to comment on the committee’s move. A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Monday’s meeting was the last public meeting of a nine-member panel that has spent 18 months investigating an unprecedented effort to prevent a peaceful transfer of power by thousands of supporters. Trump, inspired by his false claims that he lost the 2020 election to the Democratic President Joe Biden as a result of rampant fraud.
The committee also said it referred four Republican members of the House of Representatives, including Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, to the chamber’s ethics committee, for failing to comply with a lawful subpoena when the committee was commissioned. attack investigation committee.
“If we want to survive as a nation of rule of law and democracy, this will never happen again,” Representative Bennie Thompson, chair of the select committee, said as the meeting began.
Criticizing Trump for summoning a crowd to the Capitol nearly two years ago, Thompson also criticized the former president for eroding trust in the democratic system.
“If trust is broken, so is our democracy. Donald Trump has broken that trust,” Thompson said.
Trump has launched a campaign to seek the Republican nomination for re-election to the White House in 2024.
Some investigations
The job of the selection committee is one in a series of investigations into the riots. Five people, including one police officer, died during or shortly after the incident and more than 140 officers were injured. The Capitol suffered millions of dollars in damage.
“Among the most shameful findings of this committee, was President Trump sitting in the dining room outside the Oval Office, watching the violent riots on Capitol Hill on television,” said Representative Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans on the committee and vice chair of the committee. , speak.
A jury found members of the right-wing militia Oath Keepers guilty of sedition for their role in the attack. Special counsel Jack Smith was appointed last month to lead the federal investigations into Trump.
Trump has faced a host of legal problems since leaving office. His real estate company was convicted on December 6 of carrying out a 15-year criminal conspiracy to defraud tax authorities.
Trump has dismissed many of the investigations he faces as politically motivated. He said the January 6 committee, dominated by Democrats, was biased against him.
“The highly partisan Unselect Committee is illegally disclosing confidential information to anyone who will listen,” the former president wrote on his Truth Social platform before the meeting. “How much longer will Republicans and patriotic Americans in general allow this to happen.”
The select committee unanimously approved its report including the proposal on the charges, with all seven Democrats and two Republicans supporting it.
The House Ways and Means Committee will meet on Tuesday to decide what to do with Trump’s tax returns, which it received late last month after a lengthy battle in court. Trump is the first presidential candidate in decades not to release his tax returns during either of his two presidential campaigns.


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