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The head of the January 6th Committee Panel investigating the riot at the US Capitol told reporters Monday afternoon that his group will not issue criminal referrals to the Department of Justice against Donald Trump or his aides.

Chair Bennie Thompson was asked by reporters following the second day of public hearings whether he intended to refer the former president to the DOJ.

“No, you know, we’re going to tell the facts. If the Department of Justice looks at it, and assume that there’s something that needs further review, I’m sure they’ll do it,” he said.

“No, that’s not our job. Our job is to look at the facts and circumstances around January 6, what caused it and make recommendations after that.”

Not all Democrats agreed.

“You know, I haven’t seen the chairman’s statements,” Schiff told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “We haven’t had a discussion about that, so I don’t know that the committee has reached a position on whether we make a referral or what the referrals might be. I thought we were deferring that decision until we concluded our investigation. At least that’s my understanding.”

“Our committee has yet to vote on whether we will recommend criminal referrals to the Department of Justice. If criminal activity occurred, it is our responsibility to report that activity to the DOJ,” added Rep. Elaine Luria, a Virginia Democrat.

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