Former President Trump on Sunday criticized lawmakers for their involvement in the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, and called them “Thugs and Scoundrels.” The panel is preparing for its final public hearing and to release the report with its findings this week.
The panel is also expecting to issue some criminal referrals on Monday. There have also been many members who have argued that there is enough evidence for a criminal referral to be made against Trump.
Trump took to his Truth Social platform to encourage all “Republicans and Patriots all over the land must stand strong and united against the Thugs and Scoundrels of the Unselect Committee.” He added that this is going to be a “dark period in American history” but there will soon be light.
The House panel has been investigating Trump’s efforts to have the results of the 2020 presidential election overturned for over a year. Their final report is expected to cover all the events that led to the Jan. 6 attack based on the evidence they have found.
The criminal referrals are not binding and it will be up to the Department of Justice to choose whether they will indict anyone referred to them. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel last month who is overseeing the two criminal investigations against Trump. One of which includes Trump’s actions and his role in the Capitol attack.