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Jan. 6 committee will make criminal referrals to DOJ

Chairman Bennie Thompson said no decision has been made on who could face a referral

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

The House Select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol will make criminal referrals to the Department of Justice, though no decision has been made on the target of a referral or what allegations of crimes the potential referrals would cover.

“There’s general agreement we will do some referrals,” the committee chairman, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), told reporters Tuesday, adding that there’s been no formal vote among committee members, nor have they voted on whom they will refer.

The committee will meet Tuesday evening when members are expected to discuss next steps.

After several high-profile public hearings over the summer, the committee is finalizing its work. Asked about the status of a final report, Thompson said that the committee is “going over printed materials now.”

The committee is still discussing how it will present the final report, Thompson added.

The panel voted previously to hold four former Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas, unanimously recommending charges against former White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former trade and manufacturing director Peter Navarro and former White House communications director Daniel Scavino Jr. The full House later voted to send those criminal referrals to the DOJ.

Bannon was convicted in July, while Navarro was charged and has pleaded not guilty. Meadows and Scavino have not been charged.

The Jan. 6 insurrection

The report: The Jan. 6 committee released its final report, marking the culmination of an 18-month investigation into the violent insurrection. Read The Post’s analysis about the committee’s new findings and conclusions.

The final hearing: The House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol held its final public meeting where members referred four criminal charges against former president Donald Trump and others to the Justice Department. Here’s what the criminal referrals mean.

The riot: On Jan. 6, 2021, a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 election results. Five people died on that day or in the immediate aftermath, and 140 police officers were assaulted.

Inside the siege: During the rampage, rioters came perilously close to penetrating the inner sanctums of the building while lawmakers were still there, including former vice president Mike Pence. The Washington Post examined text messages, photos and videos to create a video timeline of what happened on Jan. 6. Here’s what we know about what Trump did on Jan. 6.