2024 ELECTION/CONGRESS/INVESTIGATIONS: “The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is focusing intently on Donald Trump’s actions that day as it begins to discuss whether to recommend that the Justice Department open a criminal investigation into the former president.

Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) said in an interview that of particular interest is why it took so long for him to call on his supporters to stand down…

A criminal referral against a former president would be historic and would ratchet up the political tensions that continue to swirl over the congressional inquiry into the worst attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812 as Trump considers running again for president [in the 2024 election].”

-Tom Hamburger, Jacqueline Alemany, Josh Dawsey, and Matt Zapotosky, “Thompson says Jan. 6 committee focused on Trump’s hours of silence during attack, weighing criminal referrals,” washingtonpost.com, December 23, 2021