Donald Trump Wants Five Lawmakers Indicted

Donald Trump Wants Five Lawmakers Indicted

Former President Donald Trump is calling for criminal charges against January 6 House committee members who investigated the attack on the U.S. Capitol waged by his supporters.

In a post to Truth Social Thursday afternoon, Trump raged about the four-month prison sentence handed earlier in the day to his former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who in 2022 was convicted of defying a congressional subpoena issued by the January 6 House committee.

The former president said that Bannon’s sentencing is “a Total and Complete American Tragedy” and instead called on law enforcement to indict the House Select Committee, which includes five current congressional lawmakers.

“The unAmerican Weaponization of our Law Enforcement has reached levels of Illegality never thought possible before,” Trump wrote in part. “INDICT THE UNSELECT J6 COMMITTEE FOR ILLEGALLY DELETING AND DESTROYING ALL OF THEIR ‘FINDINGS!’ MAGA2024.”

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday speaks during a Turning Point PAC town hall at Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Trump called for charges against January 6 House committee members who investigated the attack…

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The January 6 committee was made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, and five of its members, all Democrats, are still in office today: Representatives Bennie Thompson of Mississippi; Adam Schiff of California; Pete Aguilar and Zoe Lofgren of California; and Jamie Raskin of Maryland.

Liz Cheney, one of the former Republican lawmakers on the committee, lost her reelection bid in 2022, as did former Democratic Congresswoman Elaine Luria. Former GOP Representative Adam Kinzinger and ex-Democratic Representative Stephanie Murphy announced in fall 2021 that they would not seek reelection.

Trump has previously claimed that the January 6 committee “deleted” all of its evidence related to its investigation after Representative Barry Loudermilk, Republican chairman of the House Administration’s Subcommittee on Oversight, said that some of the evidence gathered in the investigation was not preserved. Loudermilk later wrote in a report regarding his subcommittee’s investigation into the January 6 panel that lawmakers had “failed to archive” video recordings and transcripts of some of the witness interviews.

Much of the committee’s probe was made public in an 845-page report and through televised hearings. More than 270 transcripts of witness interviews have also been made available to the public.

Twelve transcripts of interviews the committee conducted with Secret Service personnel were agreed to be returned to the Department of Homeland Security after the January 6 committee dissolved, according to a letter the panel wrote to Homeland in December 2022. Those transcripts were “reviewed” to ensure that no private or “for-official-use-only” information was released to the public. The committee asked in its letter that the transcripts eventually be made public and filed with the National Archives.

In the final days of its investigation, the January 6 House committee made criminal referrals to the Justice Department and recommended that Trump face charges over his actions surrounding the Capitol attack. The DOJ later indicted Trump, who was charged with attempting to unlawfully remain in office after losing to President Joe Biden in 2020.

During an appearance on CNN Thursday night, Lofgren said Trump’s allegations about evidence being deleted were “garbage.”

“You know, he is not that familiar with the truth,” the congresswoman told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. “We’ve seen that throughout. I mean this whole thing on Bannon. Bannon was held in contempt because he didn’t honor a subpoena. Very simple.”

Kinzinger also responded to Trump’s claims in a post to X, formerly Twitter, by sharing a link to the January 6 committee’s final report.

“Once again, all evidence can be found here, on the public and available World Wide Web,” the former congressman wrote.

After his guilty verdict in July 2022, Bannon filed an appeal, which paused the start of his prison sentence while the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reviewed his request. Last month, the appeals court upheld Bannon’s conviction and federal prosecutors asked the court to order that Bannon begin his sentence. Federal Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee who has presided over the case, on Thursday agreed with prosecutors.

Newsweek reached out to Bannon’s lawyer, David Schoen, via email for comment Thursday night.

Update 06/07/24, 3:36 p.m. ET: This article has been updated with additional information and background.