WASHINGTON — The Home Jan. 6 committee plans to launch any prison referrals as a part of its ultimate report, committee members mentioned Wednesday.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee chairman, informed reporters Tuesday he expects the panel to make prison referrals, however that members are nonetheless weighing who can be the targets of the referrals and what number of the panel would make.
Along with contemplating a referral involving former President Donald Trump, the committee might provide contempt of Congress referrals for fellow members who’ve ignored its subpoenas, for witnesses it believes lied to its investigators and for people it believes tried to intimidate witnesses within the probe.
The committee is required by statute to challenge a ultimate report by Dec. 31, so any referrals to the Justice Division or different businesses are anticipated to return earlier than the tip of the 12 months.
“The committee continues to satisfy. [We have a] assembly upcoming, and choice factors to be made,” mentioned Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., a committee member. “We are going to announce something we have now seemingly as part of our ultimate report.”
The ultimate report might be an enormous compilation of the work the committee has executed for the final 12 months and a half, outlining its findings and providing up suggestions and attainable laws to forestall one thing just like the Jan. 6 assault from taking place once more. Thompson has mentioned the ultimate doc may very well be as much as eight chapters.
Aguilar mentioned the committee members at the moment are assembly “nearly each day” and so they nonetheless have numerous work to do earlier than they decide on the shape and style of the pending referrals.
“We haven’t finalized any selections but. Our choices are on the desk. Referrals to exterior businesses are attainable and as quickly because the committee finishes our work shifting ahead to sharing our outcomes,” he mentioned.
In courtroom filings, committee attorneys have already argued that they imagine Trump dedicated against the law. The committee made these arguments in federal courtroom because it sought paperwork from lawyer John Eastman, who featured prominently within the panel’s public hearings.
Referrals from the committee carry no authorized weight however function suggestions to businesses.