CNN Says 4 Trump Officials Face Charges

( In addition to former President Donald Trump, CNN says the House select committee looking into January 6, 2021, uprising is reportedly considering criminal referrals for at least four other people.

According to CNN the panel is considering making criminal referrals against the former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, the right-wing attorney John Eastman, the former Justice Department employee Jeffrey Clark, and Trump’s former attorney Rudy Giuliani.

The committee has not formally decided who and for what offenses it will refer to the Justice Department for prosecution. The four people whose names are among those being considered and whose identities have not previously been made a public offer a glimpse into the panel’s decision-making process.

Another source issued a warning, saying that even though names are being discussed, more work needs to be done before they are decided.

As the DOJ has already launched a comprehensive investigation into the US Capitol attack and attempts to rig the 2020 election, the criminal referrals would essentially be symbolic in nature. However, committee members have emphasized that the action serves as a way to record their opinions for the record.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi who serves as the committee’s chairman, stated on Thursday that the committee’s virtual meeting on Sunday is when members will decide on criminal referrals.

Thompson explained to CNN on Thursday how members began to favor making criminal referrals as the panel’s investigation progressed.

Although we are not in the business of looking into people’s criminal activities, I believe the more we examined the evidence we had gathered, the more we felt that we simply couldn’t ignore some of them.

I believe that anyone who engages in criminal actions needs to be held accountable for them, said Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who chairs the subcommittee charged with making recommendations on criminal referrals to the full committee on January 6. And we’ll be clear about that.

The subcommittee’s members are Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Zoe Lofgren, both of California, and Raskin, who serves as the panel’s vice chair.

According to Schiff, there is a “consensus among the members” regarding referrals, and all members approach the issue in unison.

On December 21, according to Thompson, the panel hopes to release its final report and hold a public vote on criminal referrals.

“There will be a public presentation of some kind. What exactly that would be, Thompson said, is “still up in the air.”