CNN on Friday posted a story compiled by six reporters to explain the seven-hour gap in former President Donald Trump’s phone records on Jan. 6, 2021.

Jan. 6 Panel Refers Former President Donald Trump, Lawyer For Criminal Prosecution

After 16 months, the Jan. 6 committee referred potential criminal charges for former President Donald Trump and Trump attorney John Eastman to the Department of Justice on Monday.
Former President Trump’s Speech On Jan. 6th 2020, Source: File Photo

After 16 months, the Jan. 6 committee referred potential criminal charges for former President Donald Trump and Trump attorney John Eastman to the Department of Justice on Monday.

The committee made its final public presentation Monday about the alleged effort by former President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 presidential election results, which included referring the former president for criminal prosecution. 

“We understand the gravity of each and every referral we are making today just as we understand the magnitude of the crime against democracy that we describe in our report. But we have gone where the facts and the law lead us and inescapably,” committee member Rep. Jaime Raskin said before asking for a unanimous consent for the criminal referral.

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The committee’s closing arguments wrapped up a year-and-a-half-long inquiry and detailed findings about the riot, which the committee has called an “attempted coup” that warrants criminal prosecution from the Department of Justice.

On Monday, Former Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News that the Department of Justice should not bring any charges against President Trump related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

“How many times did Adam Schiff say that there was evidence of collusion with Russia? Two and a half years we listened to Adam Schiff talk about evidence that he had seen that was never there,” Pence told “America’s Newsroom” hosts Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer.

Rep. Schiff said Sunday he believes the “evidence is there” to pursue a criminal case against Trump. 

“Congress has no formal role in Justice Department decisions and they can make recommendations today,” Pence responded, adding the committee has a “partisan taint” that has led to many Americans ignoring the hearings.

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