Donald Trump is facing a very bad Monday as the House of Representatives January 6 Select Committee will probably decree at least three charges against the previous president and send them to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the next actions, if any. The charges are insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress, and conspiracy to defraud the United States, NPR reported.
The Select Committee will vote on whether to recommend criminal charges to the DOJ in their televised presentation. This hearing will probably be the last time that the January 6 Committee meets, given that the Republicans took the House in the November midterm elections.
The letter that the House Committee subcommittee will send to the DOJ will be written by learned attorneys. One of them, Jamie Raskin (D-MD), is a Constitutional law professor. The other esteemed members Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Liz Cheney (R-WY) were given the responsibility of looking into these criminal charges. They will make the case for prosecution.
Insurrection is a very unusual criminal charge. Then again, insurrections are very unusual, but the January 6 failed coup was shown as it unfolded on television. The legislators were mere minutes away from the armed insurrectionists who rampaged through the Capitol Building halls.
John Eastman and Kenneth Chesebro are also parties to the attempt to cast the 2020 presidential election aside and allow the ex-president to step in as the nation’s dictator.
The attorney for Cheseboro Adam Kaufmann sent an email to NPR on Monday. His statement claimed that “his client gave the Trump campaign legal advice on a pro bono basis.” The January 6 Committee will probably only refer six or fewer satellite attorneys for punishment:
‘[It involved] arcane provisions of the 12th amendment and the electoral count act, just as he did for the Gore campaign in 2020.’
This attorney came up with a “dangerous precedent:”
‘Unlike other attorneys, he never went to court advocating wild theories of election fraud. Rather, he advised a client of procedures to preserve its legal challenges. A referral for such conduct sets a dangerous precedent and would undermine the ability of attorneys to advise clients in the political realm.’
The House’s Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) has stood firm on the idea these lawyers would receive disciplinary action via their various BarAassociations. They might well lose their license to practice law. This has already happened to Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen as reported by The Washington Post.
The Select Committee could also announce additional charges to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the House Ethics Committee, and The Bar Associations for discipline.
The Select Committee was formed immediately after the January 6 failed coup that Donald Trump wanted to lead. The former White House resident had to be restrained by his Secret Service detail. The January 6 Committee and its investigation into the plot to overthrow the 2020 presidential election will end at the upcoming changing of the guard in the House.
The Justice Department has been investigating the January 6 attempted coup in tandem with the Select Committee. Indeed, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith to handle the investigation, according to NPR.
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