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House J6 panel concludes probe with final report, votes on whether to refer criminal charges to DOJ

The panel will reportedly make so-called criminal referrals to the Justice Department for former President Trump, though they have no legal regal standing.

Published: December 19, 2022 8:01am

Updated: December 19, 2022 8:51am

The Democrat-led House Jan. 6 committee will on Monday conclude its roughly 17-month probe with a final report and votes on so-called criminal referrals to the Justice Department for former President Trump and others the panel has linked to the riot.

Whether the agency takes up the referrals, or recommendations, is uncertain, and perhaps unlikely, considering it is conducting its own investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot under special counsel Jack Smith. 

The three referrals being considered against Trump are related to insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiracy to defraud the United States government, according to Politico.

The riot followed a rally outside of the White House at which Trump spoke and was an effort to try to stop Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election in which Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

Committee member and California Democrat Adam Schiff on Sunday declined to discuss with CNN the specifics of the referrals, which have no real legal standing, but said, "I think the president has violated multiple criminal laws."

Critics of the committee argued its primary purpose was to attack Trump publicly for as long as possible at taxpayers' expense while Congress, and the entire country, faced more pressing issues ahead. 

The panel has conducted over 1,000 interviews, held 10 televised public hearings and collected over a million documents, according to the Associated Press.

Part of the committee report will reportedly be released Monday.

The committee could reportedly also make ethics referrals against five House Republicans including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who didn't comply with its subpoenas to testify.

Jordan will lead the Judiciary Committee when the GOP takes control of the chamber next month.

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