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House January 6 Committee Says Trump “Engaged in Criminal Conspiracy”

HeadlineMar 03, 2022

The House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection says Donald Trump and his allies acted unlawfully and “engaged in a criminal conspiracy” to overturn the 2020 election. The damning claim is part of a legal challenge against Trump lawyer John Eastman, who has refused to abide by a subpoena issued by the House panel. Separately, Trump adviser Peter Navarro was a no-show for his scheduled deposition with the committee this week.

This comes as military veteran Joshua James became the first person to plead guilty to seditious conspiracy in connection with the insurrection. As part of a plea deal, he will cooperate with federal investigators. James, who is a member of the far-right Oath Keepers, helped organize the assault and acted as private security for high-profile right-wing figures.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in the first trial of a January 6 rioter say Texas resident Guy Wesley Reffitt led the crowd that breached security and eventually the Capitol building on January 6. Reffitt is reportedly aligned with the anti-government militia the Three Percenters.

In related news, a Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty last year to multiple charges related to the insurrection reportedly died by suicide while awaiting his trial.

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