January 6 committee calls for criminal charges against Donald Trump
Former president ‘unfit for any office’, committee member Liz Cheney says
The US House of Representatives committee investigating the events surrounding the January 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection voted on Monday to recommend criminal charges against former president Donald Trump for being a central component in attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Among the charges the panel urged the Department of Justice to prosecute Mr Trump with include incitement of insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the US and conspiracy to make a false statement.
No one associated with the attack on the Capitol has previously faced the charge of 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 that we described in our report,” panel member Jamie Raskin said when introducing the referrals.
Calling him “unfit for any office”, the panel’s vice chairwoman Liz Cheney accused the former president of failing to perform his duty when his supporters stormed the Capitol in an effort to halt the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
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.