Election denier Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) announced Monday that the January 6 Committee would refer former President Donald Trump for criminal investigation by the Department of Justice for four charges.
These charges include conspiracy to defraud the United States; obstruction of an official proceeding; conspiracy to make a false statement; and inciting, assisting, or aiding and comforting an insurrection against the country.
Raskin himself has objected to the past certification of election results — the action at the center of the charges that he, and the rest of the committee, voted unanimously to refer the former president for prosecution.
Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin objected to Florida's electoral votes in 2017. pic.twitter.com/FsLvJLvA8v
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 13, 2021
Raskin also announced that four members of the Republican opposition — including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who is likely the next Speaker of the House — would be referred to the House Ethics Committee for sanctions because they refused to obey subpoenas to testify. Democrats took the unprecedented step of targeting the opposition after rejecting McCarthy’s right to choose minority members of the committee.
Nowhere in the enabling resolution is the committee granted the authority to make criminal referrals to the Department of Justice, or to sanction members of Congress — or even to issue subpoenas without consultation with a recognized “ranking member” who leads the minority members of the committee (there is none).
The committee is likely set to be disbanded when the new Republican-led House takes office in two weeks.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.
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