Washington: A U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is preparing to vote urging the Justice Department to charge former President Donald Trump with at least three criminal charges, including insurrection, politician The report quoted two unidentified people familiar with the matter as saying.
The committee has scheduled what could be its final meeting at 1pm on Monday (5am AEDT on Tuesday), when it will consider referring people to the Justice Department for prosecution and other agencies for sanctions, which could include state officials revoked license.
It will also vote to approve a report of its findings.
A subcommittee of four of the panel’s nine members has met separately to make recommendations that will be presented at the meeting, including allegations of obstruction and fraud against Trump.
The case stems from last year’s attack on the Capitol by a group of violent Trump supporters in an attempt to block the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election.
The committee had previously said in legal filings that it believed there was evidence that Trump’s involvement constituted a crime — a judge later agreed, listing obstruction and conspiracy to defraud as possible crimes.
Additional potential charges against Trump and his associates, as well as proposed civil sanctions, are likely to be discussed Monday.
The referrals are largely symbolic because Congress lacks the ability to compel the Justice Department to indict, even as the agency has stepped up its investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election and subpoenaed top aides to appear before a federal grand jury .