Mark Meadows is among those the Jan. 6 committee referred to the Justice Department for prosecution, along with former President Donald Trump.
The committee Monday announced it was referring Trump, Meadows, John Eastman, Rudolph Giuliani, Kenneth Chesebro and others to the DOJ. If the special prosecutor agrees, they could face criminal prosecution for their roles in the Jan. 6 attack.
“We have every confidence that the work of this committee will help provide a roadmap to justice,” said Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.
Meadows is a former North Carolina congressman who went on to become Trump’s chief of staff. He was in the role when a mob of Trump supporters attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Federal prosecutors have already charged more than 900 people in the attack on the Capitol, and many of those have already pleaded guilty or been convicted. These referrals from the congressional committee go beyond the prosecutions so far, accusing Trump and people in his inner circle of crimes related to Jan. 6.
The Trump supporters injured more than 150 police officers in the attack that came as Congress met to certify the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden, according to the committee.
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The committee did not mention Meadows by name during its final meeting Monday, but he is listed in the executive summary of the committee report.
“The conspiracy under Section 371 appears to have also included other individuals such as Chesebro, Rudolph Giuliani, and Mark Meadows, but this Committee does not attempt to determine all of the participants of the conspiracy, many of whom refused to answer this Committee’s questions,” the summary released by the committee reads.
Meadows’ name is listed under the charge “conspiracy to defraud the United States.” It’s not clear what other charges he could potentially face.
The report lists three other charges the committee thinks the former president and others should face: obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to make a false statement and ’incite, ‘assist’ or ‘aid and comfort” an insurrection.
The committee’s report is expected to be released this week, giving a detailed account of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The report will also look closely at what led to the attack and its aftermath, walking through the efforts of Trump and his allies to deny the results of the presidential election.
“He lost the 2020 election and knew it,” the committee chair said. “But he chose to try to stay in office through a multi-part scheme to overturn the results and block the transfer of power.”
The former president continues to repeat what committee members call “the big lie,” that he won the 2020 election when in fact he lost to Biden.
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