WASHINGTON, D.C. – The January 6th Committee today has issued four criminal referrals against Donald Trump for his attempts to overthrow the federal government.
The following crimes against Donald Trump are alleged by the House committee investigating the treacherous actions by Trump and others after Joe Biden easily defeated Trump in the 2020 election:
1. Conspiracy to defraud the US.
2. Obstruction of an official proceeding
3. Conspiracy to make a false statement
4. Incite, assist or aid and comfort an insurrection.
The referrals go to the Justice Department, where Trump is already under scrutiny, and formal charges could be brought.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced last month the appointment of former career Justice Department prosecutor and former chief prosecutor for the special court in The Hague, Jack Smith, to serve as Special Counsel to oversee two ongoing criminal investigations. The first is the investigation, as described in court filings in the District of Columbia, into whether any person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College vote held on or about January 6, 2021. The second is the ongoing investigation involving classified documents and other presidential records, as well as the possible obstruction of that investigation, referenced and described in court filings submitted in a pending matter in the Southern District of Florida.
Trump is under legal attack from many directions. Many women have accused him of rape and some are pursuing justice in court. A jury has found two Trump Organization companies guilty of criminal tax fraud and falsifying business records. In another case, Trump was ordered to pay millions for illegally using funds he gathered for charities for his campaign.