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U.S. Capitol riot panel says Trump may have engaged in ‘criminal conspiracy’


Donald Trump addresses supporters at The Ellipse, near the White House, on January 6, 2021 in Washington DC.

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A congressional panel investigating Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021 has concluded that former President Donald Trump could have committed criminal conduct to try and overturn his defeat in the election.

In a court filing, the committee stated that “evidence and information made available to the Committee supports the belief that Donald Trump or others could have committed criminal and/or fraudulent actions.”

The filing stated that “The Select Committee has also a strong basis to conclude that the President and his Campaign participated in a criminal scheme to defraud America.”

This court document was filed at Los Angeles’ federal court as part of U.S. House of Representative Select Committee dispute with John Eastman. John Eastman is a Trump lawyer and advised him on how to invalidate elections in battleground states.

Eastman sued the Committee in December to block a congressional subpoena asking him to turn over thousands more emails.

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A majority of members on the Select Committee said that they would consider recommending to Trump that evidence be submitted to the U.S. Justice Department. Although this is called a criminal referral it will be mostly symbolic and increase the political pressure for Attorney General Merrick Garland, to bring charges against Trump.

Reps for Trump and Eastman did not respond immediately to our requests.

According to the leaders of the committee, “Eastman’s email may prove that Donald Trump advanced a corrupt scheme in order to obstruct counting electoral college votes and to hinder the transfer power.”

California attorney regulators said Tuesday that they are investigating Eastman to see if he was acting unethically while working for Donald Trump. Eastman could face disciplinary action, including suspension of his license as a lawyer.