- Members of the House of Representatives committee on Jan. 6 said they had found enough evidence to charge Trump.
- Representative Adam Schiff said he would like to see “any credible allegation of criminal activity” investigated.
- Representative Jamie Ruskin said the committee last week justified why it believed Trump had violated several criminal laws.
Members of the House of Representatives committee investigating the Capitol riot on Sunday said the committee had found enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider a criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump for his efforts to invalidate President Joe Biden’s election victory. , according to The Associated Press.
Democratic Representative Adam Schiff of California, who sits on the committee and also heads the House Intelligence Committee, said he wanted to see the department investigate Trump’s efforts to stop bidding for Biden’s victory.
“I would like to see the Department of Justice investigate any credible allegations of criminal activity by Donald Trump,” he told ABC News on Sunday. “There are certain actions, parts of these different lines of effort to cancel the election, which I do not see evidence that the Ministry of Justice is investigating.”
Last week, the commission held its first public hearing – in prime time – where committee members expressed what they had gathered while examining the riot and Trump’s role in provoking the violence. Members spoke of the former president’s insistence that the election had been stolen, although many advisers told him in private that there was no evidence of large-scale fraud.
In the upcoming hearings this week, the commission is due to uncover evidence pointing to Trump and several of his advisers who tried to “spread misinformation” and get the Justice Department to approve Trump’s baseless allegations.
Members of the commission on Sunday cited U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland as a key factor in determining whether or not Trump will be prosecuted by the Justice Department.
Democratic MP Jamie Ruskin of Maryland said Sunday that he would not put undue pressure on Garland, but said the commission had argued why Trump may have violated several criminal laws.
“I think he knows, his staff knows, American lawyers know what’s at stake here,” Ruskin told CNN on Sunday. “They know the importance of this, but I think they are right to pay close attention to the precedents in history, as well as the facts of this case.
Garland has not yet indicated how he will deal with the commission’s findings, given that Trump is annoying a potential White House campaign in 2024 since leaving the Oval Office last year.
In a March ruling, a federal judge in California said Trump “probably” thwarted Congress when he tried to stop the certification of election results on Jan. 6.
The ruling prompted some committee members and officials to say there was enough paperwork “to justify calling for prosecution for obstructing congressional proceedings and conspiracy to defraud the American people,” according to an April New York Times report.
Trump has dismissed any election irregularities.
Schiff said the department should investigate “credible evidence” of criminal behavior.
“Once the evidence is gathered by the Ministry of Justice, it must decide whether it can prove to the jury beyond a reasonable doubt the guilt of the president or someone else,” Schiff said. “But they need to be investigated if there is credible evidence that I think there is.”