With only a few weeks remaining until the GOP take control of the House of Representatives, the January 6th select committee understands that they are working on borrowed time. Soon, their investigation will end, (one way or the other), and they’ll be left trying to explain what it is they were hoping to accomplish.
In the coming days, it appears as though the group will be bringing some sort of finality to the table as well, and it’s precisely the sort of maneuver that could have some rather prominent Republicans coming under legal fire.
The Jan. 6 committee will make criminal referrals to the Department of Justice as the panel wraps up its investigation into the events that led up to the deadly riot.
“We have made decisions on criminal referrals,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the chairman of the committee, told reporters, saying “we will” on the question of whether referrals will be pursued. He added that consideration of witnesses potentially committing perjury is “part of the discussion,” per CNN.
With the clock ticking, members of the committee were working frantically to make this happen.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a member of the Jan. 6 committee, said Tuesday, “We’re in the process of bringing forward different recommendations to the full committee for consideration.”
A spokesperson for the committee said the “referrals to outside entities should be considered as a final part of its work. The committee will make decisions about specifics in the days ahead.”
Of course, there is the distinct possibility that Donald Trump could be targeted with one of these referrals – a move that would draw a great deal of criticism seeing as Trump has already announced his 2024 presidential run.