Rep. Schiff considers criminal referrals in Jan. 6 attack investigation

Investigation into Capitol Attack Progresses with Potential Criminal Referrals

As the investigation into the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol continues, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, a member of the special panel overseeing the case, expressed his potential support for approving criminal referrals against those involved in the violence. However, he emphasized that a unanimous decision by all nine committee members would be necessary.

Focus on Trump’s Role in the Capitol Riot

Throughout the year-long inquiry, the committee has zeroed in on the actions of former President Donald Trump and his associates following the November 2020 election, culminating in the violent storming of the Capitol. Trump has persistently made baseless claims of election fraud and questioned the legitimacy of the election results.

Allegations Against Trump

Representative Schiff hinted at potential evidence linking Trump to the breach of laws during the Capitol attack, but did not provide specifics. He also criticized the slow progress of the Justice Department’s independent investigation into the incident.

Possible Criminal Charges Against Trump

Another committee member, Representative Liz Cheney, has also raised the prospect of the Justice Department pursuing criminal charges against Trump even before the panel concludes its investigations. The committee is set to convene for what could be the final investigative hearing on Wednesday.

New Revelations Expected

Democratic Representative Pete Aguilar teased that the upcoming hearing would unveil fresh details from the investigation, hinting at potentially significant findings. The possibility of former Vice President Mike Pence being subpoenaed for testimony remains under consideration.

Future Legislative Recommendations

Representative Jamie Raskin, another committee member, highlighted the potential for an additional hearing to propose legislative measures aimed at preventing future incidents of political violence and electoral sabotage. The aim is to address the ongoing threat of such events.

Timeline for Completion

Raskin noted the intention to finalize the committee’s report before the end of the current Congress in December. The urgency to complete the report before the November 8 congressional elections, which will impact Democratic control of the House and Senate, was underscored.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Daniel Burns; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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