U.S. House Jan. 6 panel refers Trump for criminal charges, including inciting insurrection

The committee also refers three Trump associates to the Justice Department for their roles in the attack while referring four House Republicans to the ethics committee for refusing to testify

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in a historic vote agreed unanimously Monday to refer former President Donald Trump and others to the Justice Department for potential criminal charges, including inciting or aiding an insurrection.

Trump associates, including attorneys John Eastman and Kenneth Chesebro and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, a former Republican House member from North Carolina, likely also played criminal roles, the panel said in an executive summary of its final report.

Before taking the unprecedented step of referring a former president for criminal charges

The Justice Department, which is already investigating Trump’s conduct related to the 2020 election, will determine how to pursue the referrals.

In a post to his own social media network on Monday, Truth Social, Trump promoted another Dec. 9 post that linked to his video on Jan. 6 telling supporters to leave the Capitol.

Committee members said that video came after more than three hours of inaction as Trump watched the attack.