The investigative committee into the attack on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021 is expected to submit the final report today (Monday) and vote on a recommendation to the US Department of Justice to file criminal charges against former President Donald Trump on three criminal counts, including sedition, obstruction of official proceedings and conspiracy to defraud the federal government, according to a source close to the matter. This is the culmination of an 18-month investigation into the incident. The panel will begin its public meeting today at 8 p.m., Israel time.
After the meeting, the committee is expected to publish a summary of the report detailing the criminal recommendations and additional information about witnesses who have appeared before the panel in the past, a source told CBS News.
Congressman from California, Adam Schiff, one of the members of the committee, told CNN yesterday that in his opinion, enough evidence has been collected to file charges against Trump.
The attack on Capitol Hill, January 6, 2021 (photo: official website, FBI)
On video: the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House employee on the investigative committee for the events of the break-in to the Capitol (Reuters)
The House of Representatives' investigative committee regarding the events of January 6 was created in July 2021, after then-Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, tried to form a special, bipartisan, and independent committee to investigate the attack.
The committee included seven Democrats and two Republicans who broke ranks to join it: Congresswoman Liz Cheney and Congressman Adam Kinzinger.
The committee began its investigation with a public hearing in July 2021 at which members of the security forces appeared.
Over the course of 11 months, the committee conducted more than a hundred interviews, including those close to Trump and his family, and examined more than a thousand documents.
After that, the committee held a series of public hearings, starting in June 2022 until today, where the evidence it collected was presented.
In the hearings, the committee focused on attempts by Trump and his allies to change the results of the 2021 presidential election, including a pressure campaign exerted on then-Vice President Mike Pence and his staff, as well as senior Justice Department officials and local elected officials.
A plan by Trump and his allies to replace electors in seven swing states won by Joe Biden with Trump electors was also revealed.
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Donald Trump in a speech before the attack (Photo: Reuters)
Chairman of the committee Benny Thompson and his deputy, Liz Chaney (Photo: Reuters)
The hearings sought to tie Trump to his January 6 campaign rally on Capitol Hill.
The committee presented taped witness testimony, never-before-seen video of the attack, testimony from a police officer injured in the riots, and interviews with White House staff under Trump, employees of his campaign, Pence's office, a retired judge, state and local election officials and a former spokesman for the right-wing militia. - The "Oath Keepers" extremist.
At the last hearing in October, the commission voted to issue a subpoena to Trump, but the former president filed a lawsuit to revoke it.
According to him, he did nothing and the investigation is a "witch hunt".
The commission made recommendations for criminal indictments to the Justice Department for Trump associates who refused to cooperate and appear before it, including former adviser Steve Bannon, who was tried and convicted on two counts of contempt of Congress.
The committee ends its work before the next session of Congress, in which the majority of the House of Representatives will be Republican, begins in January.