House committee investigating Jan. 6 Capitol attack will make criminal referrals

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Chair of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, speaks with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) during a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for U.S. Capitol Police and D.C. Metropolitan Police officers in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building on December 6, 2022 in Washington, DC.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Chair of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, speaks with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) during a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for U.S. Capitol Police and D.C. Metropolitan Police officers in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building on December 6, 2022 in Washington, DC. Photo credit Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) shared on Tuesday that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol would be making criminal referrals to the Department of Justice.

Thompson serves as the chair of the committee, and he says it has not decided who exactly will face charges, but he did hint that there would be multiple people named.

The referrals will be made in a separate document from the final report that the committee compiles before the current session of Congress comes to a close next month.

The committee is expected to meet late on Tuesday, and one topic of discussion will include witnesses who may have perjured themselves, according to Thompson.

When it comes to who could face a criminal referral from the committee, a source familiar with the matter shared with CNN that it will be “focused on the main organizers and leaders of the attacks.”

The news also comes as the committee is currently fighting with former President Donald Trump’s legal team over the landmark subpoena he was served to testify before the committee.

Now, a subcommittee made up of Democratic Reps. Jamie Raskin, Adam Schiff, and Zoe Lofgren, and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, who are all trained lawyers, will help decide how to present evidence of possible obstruction, perjury, and witness tampering, as well as any potential criminal referrals, to the DOJ, CNN reported.

Whether or not Trump will be named on the criminal referrals is still unknown, but sources close to the committee have shared that at least some members would recommend doing so, CNN reported.

As for when the referrals could be made, Thompson shared Tuesday that it would be “as soon as possible” with the committee still trying “to work through everything.”

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