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The January 6th Committee's Criminal Referrals List

After more than a year of investigating the individuals involved in masterminding and executing the plot to overturn the 2020 election, the Jan. 6th Committee referred Trump for prosecution by DOJ.

The Committee proposed that the DOJ charge Trump with:

  • inciting insurrection

  • obstruction of an official proceeding

  • conspiracy to defraud the United States government

  • conspiracy to make a false statement

  • witness tampering

Who Likely Committed Crimes & What Did They Do?  

President Donald Trump
  • Created a pressure campaign against local and state officials to overturn the 2020 election and “find” enough votes to declare him the winner. The Committee proposed that the DOJ charge Trump with: 18 U.S.C. 2383, insurrection; 18 U.S.C. 1512(c), obstruction of an official proceeding; and 18 U.S.C. 371, conspiracy to defraud the United States government.

Mark Meadows, Former Trump Chief of Staff
  • Meadows coordinated meetings between Trump and other individuals responsible for spreading conspiracies about election fraud that led to January 6th. He also strategized best ways to deflect blame for the administration's actions. 

Rudy Giuliani
  • Trump’s lawyer who pressured state officials, particularly in Georgia and Arizona, to overturn election results in favor of Donald Trump by finding “more” votes and using fake electors.

John Eastman
  • Masterminded the legal maneuvers in the DOJ and Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 election, including firing the AG and replacing him with a pawn and improperly negotiating with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Jeff Clark 
  • DOJ lawyer committed to Trump's election fraud lies who was willing to wield the DOJ’s power to force Georgia state lawmakers to overturn its presidential election results.

Kenneth Chesebro
  • Chesebro played a central part in developing the idea of having Trump supporters pretend to be electors from states won by Joseph R. Biden Jr., then claiming that Vice President Mike Pence had the power to cite the purported existence of rival slates to delay counting or to discard real Electoral College votes.

The January 6 Committee also referred four of its fellow Members of the U.S. House of Representatives for official censure and investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

All of the Members refused a lawful subpoena to testify before the Committee on their knowledge of the events surrounding the Jan 6 attack.  Some also made false claims or sought to impede the work of the bi-partisan Jan 6 Committee.

The members referred for censure and investigation are:


Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona

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