WASHINGTON — The Home Jan. 6 committee plans to launch any legal referrals as a part of its remaining report, committee members mentioned Wednesday.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee chairman, advised reporters Tuesday he expects the panel to make legal referrals, however that members are nonetheless weighing who could be the targets of the referrals and what number of the panel would make.
The committee plans to publish its report the week of Dec. 19, with two sources telling NBC Information that the panel is eyeing a Dec. 21 launch date.
Along with contemplating a referral involving former President Donald Trump, the committee might provide contempt of Congress referrals for fellow members who’ve ignored its subpoenas, for witnesses it believes lied to its investigators and for people it believes tried to intimidate witnesses within the probe.
The committee is required by statute to difficulty its report by Dec. 31, so any referrals to the Justice Division or different companies would come earlier than the top of the yr.
“The committee continues to fulfill. [We have a] assembly upcoming, and determination factors to be made,” mentioned Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., a committee member. “We’ll announce something we have now probably as part of our remaining report.”
The report will likely be an enormous compilation of the work the committee has executed for the final yr and a half, outlining its findings and providing up suggestions and potential laws to stop one thing just like the Jan. 6 assault from taking place once more. Thompson has mentioned the doc may very well be as much as eight chapters.
Aguilar mentioned the committee members are actually assembly “virtually every day” and so they nonetheless have a whole lot of work to do earlier than they decide on the shape and vogue of the pending referrals.
“We haven’t finalized any choices but. Our choices are on the desk. Referrals to outdoors companies are potential and as quickly because the committee finishes our work shifting ahead to sharing our outcomes,” he mentioned.
The timing of the report is later than members had initially hoped.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., on Wednesday mentioned, “I feel we’re very near being completed, however we’re not fairly there.”
The committee will launch the report as a part of a public enterprise assembly, the place members will vote to undertake the findings and proposals. Particulars surrounding the general public nature of that assembly are being mentioned.
Plans are additionally underway to launch the entire info committee investigators have compiled. That will come similtaneously the report’s publication.
A committee spokesperson declined to touch upon the panel’s schedule.
In courtroom filings, committee attorneys have already argued that they consider Trump dedicated a criminal offense. The committee made these arguments in federal courtroom because it sought paperwork from lawyer John Eastman, who featured prominently within the panel’s public hearings.
Referrals from the committee carry no authorized weight however function suggestions to companies.
Dareh Gregorian contributed.