Jan. 6 committee holds final hearing to weigh potential crimes in Capitol attack

Congress’ 18-month investigation into former President Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol attack will come to a close this week, with the final meeting of the House panel investigating the attack set to take place Monday.

Committee members have suggested that the former president could face criminal charges for the attack. The committee will vote on whether to make non-binding criminal referrals to the Justice Department Monday.

When does the hearing start?

The House Jan. 6 committee will meet Monday at 1 p.m.

How to watch today’s hearing

USA TODAY will livestream the hearing on its YouTube channel. C-SPAN will broadcast, as will other outlets such ABC, NBC and CBS.

What will Monday’s hearing cover?

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told reporters that Monday’s hearing will include votes on criminal recommendations and the committee’s final report.

In addition to criminal referrals, the panel could make recommendations to state bar associations about lawyers, to the Federal Election Commission about campaign violations and to the House Ethics Committee about lawmakers, Thompson said.

The sun rises over the Cannon House building. The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol meets Monday, Dec. 19, 2022 to vote on potential recommendations to the Justice Department to prosecute suspects for their roles.

When will the Jan. 6 committee’s final report be published?

The panel’s final report is set to be published Monday though key materials such as transcripts of witness interviews conducted behind closed doors could be released later this week.

What happened at the last Jan. 6 committee hearing?

Testimony and video evidence revealed during the Jan. 6 committee hearing in October showed congressional leaders pleading for help while the Capitol attack was ongoing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reacted to the violence at the Capitol in previously unreleased – and dramatic – footage, saying the attack was “all at the instigation of the president of the United States,” and an aide testified that, during the attack, Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy told Trump the rioters were “your people.”

Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed Trump

The October hearing closed with the extraordinary move of unanimously voting to subpoena the former president.

“(Trump) must be accountable,” Thompson, the committee chair, said. “He is required to answer for his actions.”

A day after the committee voted to subpoena Trump, the former president sent a 14-page memo to the panel complaining about a “Show Trial” and “Witch Hunt,” without addressing the subpoena itself.

How many people died on Jan. 6?

A bipartisan Senate report found that seven people died in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack. After the report was published, two Metropolitan Police officers, Gunther Hashida and Kyle DeFreytag, also died by suicide.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers were injured in the riot.

How many Capitol rioters have been arrested or convicted?

Federal prosecutors have charged more than 920 people in 48 states with participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, and arrests have continue.

Some 41 rioters have been convicted in trials, and about 470 rioters have pleaded guilty to various crimes, according to the Justice Department.

Jan. 6 committee preps final report based on 9 hearings

Committee members, who are drafting their final report, said they documented how Trump repeatedly tried to overturn the 2020 election, pressured state officials, assembled a mob and sent it to the Capitol to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.

Amid nine blockbuster hearings this year, committee members also said Trump or his allies contacted witnesses in a potential attempt to intimidate them against testifying.

“I think most Americans know that attempting to influence witnesses to testify untruthfully presents very serious concerns,” the vice chairwoman, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said at the June 28 hearing.

– Bart Jansen

What did Trump do on Jan. 6? Inside his ‘187 minutes’

In chronicling what happened Jan. 6, 2021, the committee focused on roughly three hours between the end of then-President Donald Trump’s rally near the White House at 1:10 p.m. and the release of his video urging supporters to leave the Capitol and go home at 4:17 p.m.

The vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., accused Trump of dereliction of duty for not acting faster to halt his supporters battling police in what participants called medieval combat before rampaging through the Capitol to temporarily prevent the counting of Electoral College votes.

The committee gathered a chilling timeline for when the Capitol was breached, when lawmakers and staffers hid from rioters and evacuated the building, and when lawmakers and Trump’s own children pleaded with him through texts and calls to do something.

– Bart Jansen

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jan. 6 committee live updates: Latest news on hearing to weigh crimes

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