By Joseph Gallina, FWD News
2:10 PM EST, December 19, 2022
The January 6 Committee has voted to refer Donald Trump for criminal prosecution to the Department of Justice.
“The first criminal statute we invoke for referral is Title 18 Section 1512(c). We believe that the evidence assembled throughout our hearings warrants a criminal referral of former President Donald J. Trump, John Eastman, and others for violations of this statute,” the Committee wrote on Twitter.
1. Obstruction of Official Proceeding
“Second, we believe that there is more than sufficient evidence to refer former President Donald J. Trump, John Eastman, and others for violating Title 18 Section 371,” the Committee added.
2. Conspiracy to defraud the United States.
“Third, we make a referral based on Title 18 Section 1001, which makes it unlawful to knowingly and willfully make materially false statements to the federal government.”
3. Conspiracy to make a false statement.
“The fourth and final statute we invoke for referral is Title 18 Section 2383. This statute applies to anyone, who incites, assists, or engages in insurrection against the United States, and anyone who “gives aid or comfort” to an insurrection,” the Committee concluded.
4. “Incite,” “Assist,” or “Aid or Comfort,” an Insurrection.
“”We understand the gravity of each and every referral we are making today… just as we understand the magnitude of the crime against democracy we describe in our Report. But we have gone where the facts and the law lead us, and inescapably they lead us here,” Rep. Jamie Raskin said.
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