The House committee investigating Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack has reached a “general agreement” in regards to the criminal referrals it will send to the Justice Department, according to remarks made by the committee’s chair on Tuesday.
Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) confused reporters on Tuesday after he backtracked on a previous statement by announcing that the committee would be making criminal referrals after all. Thompson added that while those are not yet prepared, the earlier “gaggle [with reporters] was wrong.”
The panel is set to meet on Tuesday in order to further discuss this. This will be followed by a presentation from a subcommittee of the committee’s four lawyers who have been called to tidy everything up and advise on the best ways to address the Justice Department as they make their criminal recommendations.
A committee spokesperson also released a statement in which it was noted that the referrals are considered to be the “final part” of the committee’s work, and that decisions regarding this would be made in the following days.
The chairman of that subcommittee, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), also spoke with reporters to note that there had been important progress being made. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) also added that an official announcement would probably be released soon, even possibly within the week.
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