A former Republican congressman believes the “end is near” for former President Donald Trump amid criminal reprimands looming from the Jan. 6 House Select Committee investigating last year’s Capitol riots.
Carlos Curbelo is a former GOP member of the House of Representatives who represented Florida’s 26th district from 2015 to 2019. He now occasionally appears as a political analyst for MSNBC, as he did on Sunday morning, and discussed Trump’s potential criminal referral with the host Katie Phang of The Katie Phang Show.
Despite being among the conservatives opposed to Trump, Curbelo said he actually opposes the idea of the special committee issuing a criminal referral for the former president’s role in last year’s uprising. According to the former congressman, Trump is already thrashing about politically, and a referral from Congress could be seen as a politicized attack he could use to garner support from his base.
“I actually think that a referral from Congress could politicize this process a bit,” Curbelo said. “Donald Trump is in big trouble. I don’t think anything can save him. I think he can use these criminal links to gather his base, but Donald Trump’s end is near. His next bankruptcy is coming up, you can see it coming on the horizon, and I don’t even think that would save him.”
The special committee investigating the riots will hold its final public hearing on Monday, where its members will report criminal referrals it plans to make to the Department of Justice (DOJ) based on its findings. On Tuesday, committee chair Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, said they have decided to issue referrals but have not yet decided exactly who will receive them and for what charges.
Although nothing has been made official, it is strongly expected that the committee will issue some recommendations for Trump for his role in orchestrating the events that led to the riots. Such a hypothetical move by the committee could carry serious weight, according to one expert.
“While the DOJ is independent, such a referral is more than symbolic,” said Ion Meyn, an assistant professor of law at the University of Wisconsin, previously news week in an opinion. “A referral from a congressional committee that conducted its own investigation is particularly influential. The referral would place significant pressure on the DOJ to pursue a prosecution, and the DOJ is expected to justify any decision to deny the referral.”
The DOJ has yet to file charges against Trump, although it has two investigations into him for his involvement on Jan. 6 and his handling of classified documents he kept at Mar-a-Lago after he left the White House early last year had. Regarding the documents, Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said that any classified documents he took with him have already been declassified.
Meanwhile, a special counsel, Jack Smith, has been appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to oversee cases against Trump.
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https://www.newsweek.com/trump-deep-trouble-end-near-former-gop-congressman-1767982 Trump is in ‘deep trouble’ and the ‘end is near’: former GOP congressman