Jan 6 Committee Reaches Final Steps Of Investigation

Office of Representative Liz Cheney, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

On Wednesday (December 7), January 6, Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters the Committee plans to release its report on December 21.

Thompson indicated that the report’s release would be accompanied by “some form of public presentation,” but the details surrounding the presentation are yet to be finalized.

Thompson also revealed, one day after he told reporters the panel had come to a “general agreement” about the criminal referrals it would make to the Justice Department, that on December 21, the Committee would publicly vote on referrals.

Yet the Committee remains tight-lipped on who it might refer, with a spokesperson for the panel explaining the Committee views “referrals to outside entities… as a final part of its work.”

However, the spokesperson also explained that “decisions about specifics” on criminal referrals would be made “in the days ahead.”

Last month, Thompson revealed a subcommittee had been created to tie up loose ends and examine possible criminal referrals.

The chairman of the subcommittee, Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin (Md.), indicated in November that the group — consisting of Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA.), Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA.) — was assessing “potential referrals or criminal offenses… where it might not otherwise be obvious.”

He elaborated, indicating the subcommittee was “looking at” civil referrals in addition to criminal referrals that possibly “escaped scrutiny.”

The latest timeline is indicative of time running out for the Committee, which will dissolve at the end of December and is unlikely to be reinstated by the incoming Republican majority.