Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) spoke with reporters discussing the Jan. 6 committee’s final votes in the weeks after Friday, September 30.
The House select committee investigating Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack is planning to release its final report on Dec. 21 according to Thompson’s statements to reporters on Wednesday.
Thomson has added that the report release is going to be followed by a “formal presentation” but there have not yet been any details scheduled regarding this.
Thompson also said that the committee is set to publicly vote on sending criminal referrals on Dec. 21. This announcement came only a day after it was announced that the panel had reached a “general agreement” regarding forwarding criminal referrals to the Department of Justice.
There has not yet been any information regarding who the referrals would be targeting. On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the panel disclosed that the referrals to outside entities would make the final part of the work completed by the committee. They also added that specific decisions regarding this mood would be made in the following days.
Last month Thompson also revealed that the committee had agreed to the formation of a subcommittee that would be responsible for overseeing any criminal referrals forwarded as well as looking at any “outstanding issues”, including what actions will be taken if any against those who defied the subpoenas issued by the committee.
The committee is led by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), and Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) are all part of the group.
Raskin noted last month that they were looking at possible criminal referrals they would need to forward, including referrals for people who broke the law or managed to evade the committee’s scrutiny.
Thompson’s set timeline for the final report and vote is a clear indicator that the time the committee has is swiftly running out with it expiring at the end of the year. With the Republicans in control of the House during the next Congress, it is unlikely that the committee will be renewed.