Trump Referred for Criminal Prosecution For July 6 Events

The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol has concluded its investigation and released its report.

The Committee referred Donald Trump to the Justice Department for prosecution of four crimes.

You can read the 154 page executive summary here.

Shorter version:

The central cause of of January 6th was one man, ...Donald Trump, who many others followed. None of the events of January 6th would have happened without him.

In response, Trump called the Committee a "Kangaroo Court". The four counts of referral are:[More...]

  • Obstruction of an Official Proceeding (18 U.S.C. § 1512©
  • Conspiracy to Defraud the United States (18 U.S.C. § 371)
  • Conspiracy to Make a False Statement (18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1001)
  • “Incite,” “Assist” or “Aid and Comfort” an Insurrection (18 U.S.C. § 2383)

DOJ is already conducting a grand jury investigation into Trump's actions and has appointed a special prosecutor.

The referral does not mean DOJ has to indict Trump. If it does, I'm sure he will drag it out as long as possible and continue to deny any culpability.

Some of the best reading is in the footnotes, if you have the time and interest.

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    Although coverage in the news has repeated (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Peter G on Tue Dec 20, 2022 at 07:56:11 PM EST
    that the J6 Committee has made referrals to DoJ for apparent violations by Tr*mp of the four laws that you listed, the Exec Summary, I see, also states (p. 85) that the Committee found sufficient grounds to believe that Tr*mp also violated two other statutes, 18 USC 372 and 2384, and has made referrals on that basis as well. Those are two of the other conspiracy statutes under which some of the Oath Keepers were convicted, conspiracy to prevent by force a federal officer holder from taking office or performing their duties, and seditious conspiracy. And to spell it all out more clearly, the "false statements," obstruction of an official proceeding, and "conspiracy to defraud" accusations are based on the goofball Eastman "alternate electors" scheme. That's why the referrals also include Eastman and his lawyer buddy Ken Chesebro, as well as Giuliani and Meadows for conspiracy to defraud the U.S.

    They just voted (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 20, 2022 at 06:56:15 PM EST
    This release his tax returns

    Cable news CNN MSNBC (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 20, 2022 at 07:06:13 PM EST
    are going overboard with the both sides stuff about how it's not a good idea to release them.  Before they have any idea what is in them.

    A tax return is not (none / 0) (#3)
    by Peter G on Tue Dec 20, 2022 at 07:21:41 PM EST
    a personal financial statement. Even if entirely honest and complete, it will not ordinarily reveal the sources of income items, who owns the debts, etc. Just the total figures in categories.

    I'm eager (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 20, 2022 at 07:28:14 PM EST
    to see what if anything it reveals.

    Apparently (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 20, 2022 at 07:30:11 PM EST
    things will be released this evening.

    We have already learned some stuff (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Dec 21, 2022 at 07:45:23 AM EST
    Not not was he lying every time he said he was "under audit" but they never even did the audits they are required to do of a presidents taxes.

    I expect we will learn more.


    There outta be a law, (none / 0) (#6)
    by KeysDan on Tue Dec 20, 2022 at 07:54:58 PM EST
    requiring candidates for president and Vice President  release their tax returns for the past five years and each year in office.  And, that Supreme Court justices release their tax returns annually.

    AXIOS (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 20, 2022 at 08:00:57 PM EST

    The Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee voted Tuesday to publicly release six years of former President Trump's tax returns.

    Why it matters: The returns will give new details on the former president's personal finances that he for years tried to block -- and come as he seeks another White House bid and is entangled in a number of separate investigations.

    Driving the news: It's not immediately clear how quickly the House committee may release the returns, which will provide details on some of his tax payments, financial obligations and donations to charity.

    Financial obligations might be of interest