Former President Donald Trump has responded to criminal referrals announced by the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot.
On Monday, the former president sent out a series of posts on his social media platform, Truth Social, blasting the “fake charges” laid out by the “highly partisan” committee — which was made up entirely of Democrats, with the exception of two outgoing Republican Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who have been denounced by their own party as RINOs.
The charges against Trump include “conspiracy to defraud the United States; obstruction of an official proceeding; conspiracy to make a false statement; and inciting, assisting, or aiding and comforting an insurrection against the country,” according to Breitbart News.
While the panel has recommended that the Department of Justice (DOJ) go after Trump, the DOJ is not required to follow the recommendations of the committee.
The fourth and final statute we invoke for referral is Title 18 Section 2383. This statute applies to anyone, who incites, assists, or engages in insurrection against the United States, and anyone who “gives aid or comfort” to an insurrection. pic.twitter.com/pgEALKK2Vp
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) December 19, 2022
Trump responded to the charges in a series of posts on Truth Social, where he noted that the attacks against him will only make him stronger.
“These folks don’t get it that when they come after me, people who love freedom rally around me. It strengthens me. What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. Americans know that I pushed for 20,000 troops to prevent violence on Jan 6 and that I went on television and told everyone to go home….” he wrote in the first post.
The former president then called out the FBI — referring to the agency as the “Democratic Bureau of Investigation” — for trying to prevent his 2024 presidential campaign, and pointed out that these charges being levied against him had already been tried during his second impeachment.
“…The people understand that the Democratic Bureau of Investigation, the DBI, are out to keep me from running for president because they know I’ll win and that this whole business of prosecuting me is just like impeachment was — a partisan attempt to sideline me and the Republican Party,” Trump wrote.
“The Fake charges made by the highly partisan Unselect Committee of January 6th have already been submitted, prosecuted, and tried in the form of Impeachment Hoax # 2. I WON convincingly. Double Jeopardy anyone!” he added.
Trump went on to note that the Democrats had spied on his campaign and lied to both the FISA court and Congress. He then listed several of the Biden administration’s policy failures, including the “invasion” at the southern border, the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the destruction of America’s energy independence.
In the same post, the former president also blasted the refusal to bring in troops on January 6 to protect the Capitol from unrest, as well as election fraud issues, the Biden family’s criminal business practices, and the collusion between the FBI and social media companies.
Despite all of these issues, Trump said: “I’m the one that the Corrupt and Partisan Unselect Committee goes after.”
“A two-tiered ‘Justice’ System … And, by the way, whatever happened with the Massive number of CRIMES committed by JOE & HUNTER BIDEN? They’re right there, documented, and 100% certain. Also, where is the prosecutor from Delaware? What happened to him? Is he friends with the Ukrainian Prosecutor who didn’t prosecute after Biden held up the $BILLION PAYMENT to Ukraine? I DID NOTHING WRONG!” he concluded.
While the House voted to impeach Trump during his second impeachment trial that took place following the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was ultimately acquitted when only 57 senators voted to convict him — which was just short of the threshold necessary for conviction.
Meanwhile, Democrats already have a contingency plan just in case their criminal referrals don’t work — as a group of House Democrats has introduced legislation to bar Trump from running for office again, attempting to declare him ineligible for many of the same reasons being cited by the January 6 committee.