Capitol riot committee says Trump should face criminal charges

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Capitol riot committee says Trump should face criminal charges

A US congressional inquiry into last year’s Capitol riot says ex-President Donald Trump should face criminal charges, including insurrection.

The Democratic-led committee voted unanimously for the justice department to prosecute Mr Trump.

The panel also aired a new clip of former Trump aide Hope Hicks on her warning to him about his legacy.

Trump supporters stormed Congress on 6 January 2021, interrupting Joe Biden’s certification as president.

Mr Trump, who denies any wrongdoing, released a statement slamming the panel as a “kangaroo court”.

After spending around 18 months investigating the riot, the House of Representatives select committee recommended at their final meeting on Monday that Mr Trump face four charges:

Inciting, assisting, aiding or comforting an insurrection
Obstruction of an official proceeding
Conspiracy to defraud the United States
Conspiracy to make a false statement
The justice department – whose prosecutors are already considering whether to charge Mr Trump – does not have to follow a congressional committee’s referral.

While the panel’s actions are mostly symbolic, the chairman described the proposed charges as a “roadmap to justice”.

A justice department spokesman declined to comment on Monday about the referral.