Jan. 6 committee contemplating criminal referral for Trump: Report

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A video of former President Donald Trump from his January 6th Rose Garden statement is played as Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (Sean Thew/Pool via AP) Sean Thew/AP

Jan. 6 committee contemplating criminal referral for Trump: Report

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The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is reportedly contemplating a criminal referral for former President Donald Trump for his alleged role in the riot.

The former president was confirmed to be under consideration for a criminal referral from the Justice Department, according to CNN. It was previously reported many Trump allies were likely to receive a criminal referral from the committee, although it has not been confirmed which allies are under the panel’s scrutiny.

JAN. 6 COMMITTEE TO MAKE CRIMINAL REFERRALS TO JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

A criminal referral for the former president would likely be symbolic, as Trump is currently under investigation by the Justice Department for various matters, including his alleged role in the Capitol riot.

The investigations by the Justice Department were assigned to special counsel Jack Smith, who was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland, days after Trump announced he was running for president in 2024.

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The Jan. 6 committee is expected to release the findings of their investigation and give the Justice Department their criminal referrals in the coming weeks.

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