‘These folks don’t get it’: Trump dismisses Jan. 6 criminal referrals, says it only makes him stronger

Donald Trump speaks at an event in the White House. (Alex Brandon/AP)

‘These folks don’t get it’: Trump dismisses Jan. 6 criminal referrals, says it only makes him stronger

Ryan King

December 19, 06:31 PM December 19, 06:42 PM

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Former President Donald Trump dismissed the House Jan. 6 committee’s criminal referrals Monday, admonishing the panel for engaging in “double jeopardy.”

Deploying the battle cry “what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger,” Trump rebutted the suggestion from the committee during the public meeting Monday that he was culpable for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and mused that it was issuing the referrals because it knows he will win in 2024.


“These folks don’t get it that when they come after me, people who love freedom rally around me. It strengthens me. What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. Americans know that I pushed for 20,000 troops to prevent violence on Jan 6, and that I went on television and told everyone to go home,” Trump declared in a scathing Truth Social post.

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Members of the panel have routinely accused Trump of dereliction of duty on the riot by not responding quickly to the ransacking of the Capitol and slow-walking efforts to call off the mob — something he has previously denied. The panel showed clips of Trump softening language used to call off the rioters during its public hearing over the summer.

On Monday, the committee unveiled a criminal referral for Trump to the Department of Justice on four categories of criminal conduct: obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and conspiracy to make a false statement. Attorney John Eastman and “others” will also face a criminal referral from the panel to the DOJ.

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“The people understand that the Democratic Bureau of Investigation, the DBI, are out to keep me from running for president because they know I’ll win and that this whole business of prosecuting me is just like impeachment was — a partisan attempt to sideline me and the Republican Party,” Trump added.

After the Capitol riot, Trump was hit with a second impeachment. He was ultimately acquitted by the Senate. He has reportedly been featured in lines of questions by DOJ officials investigating the riot, which has been done in tandem with the committee. Special counsel Jack Smith has been appointed to oversee that inquiry and the DOJ’s investigation of the Mar-a-Lago document saga.

“The Fake charges made by the highly partisan Unselect Committee of January 6th have already been submitted, prosecuted, and tried in the form of Impeachment Hoax # 2. I WON convincingly. Double Jeopardy anyone,” Trump added.

A criminal referral is nonbinding, and it will ultimately be up to the DOJ to decide whether or not to bring forward charges. Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) has voiced confidence that the DOJ will do so. Trump launched his 2024 campaign in November.

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