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House select committee recommends former President Trump be charged with four criminal counts

Protesters storm the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
John Minchillo
Protesters storm the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The House select committee investigating the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol has released a 160-page summary on Monday ahead of their final report.

After concluding their investigation, the House committee will make multiple referrals to the Department of Justice to charge former President Trump on 4 counts.

Those include obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to make a false statement and insurrection.

The committee also labeled Trump as the central cause of the riot at the Capitol.

SIU Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Chris Mullins says he wants to see what recommendations the report has to prevent something like this happening again.

“I’m obviously very interested in indictments and will follow that case, but as someone who studies and teaches, you know, counterterrorism, I kind of want to know, after digging through everything, what recommendations they have to make sure this doesn't happen again.”

The committee's full report is expected to be released later this week.

Benjy Jeffords is a digital media production specialist at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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