U.S. Rep Barry Moore is blasting the House January 6 select committee's suggestion to criminally prosecute former President Donald Trump and refer several GOP congressmen for sanctions.
On Monday, the committee tasked with investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, recently released several recommendations, including criminal charges against Trump.
In addition to Trump's criminal recommendation, U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Scott Perry (R-Pa.), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) were also referred to the House Ethics Committee for sanctions for failing to comply with the committee's subpoenas.
The committee's recommendations have no legal weight or authority. The Department of Justice (DoJ) will determine if the evidence presented by the committee warrants prosecution.
In a surprising show, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) was not referred to the ethics commission, despite also refusing the January 6 Committee's subpoena and facing repeated accusations for the capitol riot.
According to Moore, the committee was merely a taxpayer-funded "sham outfit" designed to attack Trump.
"Nancy Pelosi and Liz Cheney could have saved two years of Congress's time and millions of taxpayer dollars by announcing today's pre-ordained decision when they initially created this sham outfit," Moore said in a statement. "From its inception, the Democrat and never-Trumper members were clear that the purpose of this so-called 'select committee' – named because Speaker Pelosi had sole discretion on its members – was attacking President Trump. Referring Republicans to the Ethics Committee – including Jim Jordan, who will be the tip of the spear exercising Congressional oversight as Judiciary Chairman – is a transparent attempt to delegitimize constitutional efforts to hold President Biden accountable."
Moore further claimed the timing of the committee report is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the upcoming vote on the federal spending package, which could receive a vote any day.
"It's no surprise that today's news comes as Democrats try to distract Americans from a massive $1.7 trillion lame-duck spending bill and a border crisis so incendiary that El Paso's Democrat mayor announced a state of emergency over the weekend," Moore said. "Time and again, Democrats have allowed Trump Derangement Syndrome to take precedence over the disasters facing Americans, including inflation, crime, and the border crisis."
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