Jan 6 Panel Releases Criminal Referrals?

The House committee investigating Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack is set to send out its list of criminal referrals to the Department of Justice on Monday. It is also expected that its final report will be published approximately two days later.

Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters on Tuesday that the committee has been pushing to complete its review faster than what it had previously scheduled. Thompson said that after reviewing the schedule they decided to push forward so that the public could have the final reports faster.

Thompson also added that while the referrals are not yet finalized they would consider “five or six categories,” of different referrals that might be sent to the Justice Department, the House Ethics Committee and other professional associations depending on the behaviors they relate to.

The committee’s final meeting is set to be on Dec. 21, but the committee is set on releasing their final report on that day.

Following the referrals, it would be up to the Justice Department to decide whether it would choose to prosecute anyone on the committee’s recommendation list. The panel has also noted that those GOP lawmakers who rebuffed the subpoenas they received would be referred to the House Ethics Committee.

Currently, subpoenas were rebuffed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Reps. Scott Perry (Pa.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Andy Biggs (Ariz.) and Mo Brooks (Ala.).