WASHINGTON (AP) —The U.S. House Jan. 6 committee has recommended to the U.S. Department of Justice four criminal charges against former President Donald Trump and allies who helped him launch a multifaceted pressure campaign to try to overturn his 2020 election loss.

The recommended charges are:

  • Conspiracy to defraud the United States.
  • Obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress.
  • Conspiracy to make a false statement.
  • Insurrection.

The Committee has seven Democrats and two Republicans including Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who lost her re-election bid in the August GOP Primary to Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said it assembled a “roadmap to justice” to bring the criminal charges as they wrapped up its investigation into the violent 2021 U.S. Capitol insurrection.

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Cheney, the panel’s Republican vice chairwoman, said in opening remarks that every president in American history has defended the orderly transfer of power, “except one.”




While a so-called criminal referral has no real legal standing, it is a forceful statement by the committee and adds to political pressure already on Attorney General Merrick Garland and special counsel Jack Smith, who is conducting an investigation into Jan. 6 and Trump’s actions.

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