Schiff Says Jan 6 Commission Has ‘Credible Evidence’ Against Trump Should Investigate DOJ

Members of the Jan. 6 committee said Sunday they believed their panel had gathered sufficient evidence to justify a criminal charge against Donald Trump on charges or an indictment related to his role in the attack on Congress.

Representatives Adam Schiff and Jamie Raskin, two Democrats on the panel, made the comments in separate interviews this weekend on CBS’s Face the nation and CNNs State of the Union.

“Once the evidence is collected by the Department of Justice, [the DOJ] must make a decision on whether it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt before a jury the guilt of the president or someone else’s,” Mr. Schiff said on CBS. “But they should be examined if there is credible evidence, which I think there is.”

He added: “I would like the Department of Justice to investigate any credible allegations of criminal activity on the part of Donald Trump… There are certain actions, parts of these various attempts to undo the election that I am not aware of.” see evidence that the Department of Justice is investigating.”

His comments confirmed what many analysts were summarizing after Thursday’s stunning prime-time exposé of the commission’s Jan. 6 series of public hearings: Panel lawmakers are preparing a formal case against Donald Trump and expecting the Justice Department to take action.

Congress cannot formally charge a person with a crime. But the House can vote to send a referral to the Justice Department asking it to take action on specific issues, as was the case with votes to scorn several of Donald Trump’s allies after they receive subpoenas from the Jan. 6 commission. had avoided.

Mr. Schiff’s sentiments were shared by his fellow Democrat, Mr. Raskin, on CNN.

“I think he knows, his staff knows, the US attorneys know, what’s at stake here,” Mr Raskin said on Sunday, referring to Attorney General Merrick Garland. “They know how important it is, but I think they also rightly pay a lot of attention to precedents in history, such as the facts of this case.”

The likelihood that some of those implicated in the bid to reverse the 2020 election became apparent after Thursday’s hearing, in which committee vice chair Liz Cheney warned that the panel had evidence that Republican members of Congress were pardoned. asked to escape criminal responsibility for the attack.

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