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The Jan. 6 House of Representatives committee voted to refer criminal charges filed against former President Trump and attorney John Eastman over their alleged roles in the US government to the Justice Department Attack on the US Capitol.

“The whole purpose and apparent effect of Trump’s scheme was to obstruct, influence and impede this official process, the pivotal moment in the lawful transfer of power in the United States,” said committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin.

The committee issued four criminal charges to Trump: obstruction of an official process; Conspiracy to Defraud the United States; Conspiracy to make a false statement and to ‘incite’, ‘support’, or ‘support and comfort’ an insurrection.

But referrals by Congress are merely recommendations, and the Justice Department has no obligation to press charges against those who are referred for prosecution. Still, the committee’s referrals could increase political pressure on the department to act, and lawmakers could unveil new evidence in their final report that federal prosecutors don’t yet have access to.

The Justice Department did not comment on Monday.

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Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., speaks as the House Special Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its final session on Monday, December 19, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington keeps From left are Chairman Bennie Thompson , D-Miss., Vice Chairman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Raskin.

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The committee also recommended that the House Ethics Committee punish four Republican congressmen for failing to comply with the committee’s subpoenas. Those four are: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and MPs Andy Biggs, Jim Jordan and Scott Perry. Under the new GOP representative majority, McCarthy is running as the next speaker, and Biggs plans to challenge him.

The committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, stressed the importance of “accountability” for Trump and his allies.

“Accountability found only in the criminal justice system,” Thompson said. “We have every confidence that the work of this committee will help provide a roadmap for justice and that the authorities and institutions responsible for ensuring justice under the law will use the information we provide to support their work . And for those of you who have followed the work of this committee, I hope that we have helped make it clear that there is a broader kind of accountability. Accountability to all of you: the American people.”

The proceedings mark the culmination of the panel’s nearly 18-month investigation Attack on the US Capitol, which included testimony from dozens of witnesses and a series of high-profile hearings examining the attack and Trump’s role in instigating his supporters to storm the building. The committee summarized its findings from the previous hearings, including testimonies, personal statements from witnesses and videos of the attack on the US Capitol.

Trump has claimed he did nothing wrong on Jan. 6 and that the investigation by what he calls the Unselect Committee of Political Hacks was a “witch hunt.” On Monday morning, he posted on his social media platform Truth Social that Republicans must “stand strong against the committee” and that this is a “dark time” in American history.

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