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The Jan. 6 panel plans to show during its July 12 hearing how far-right groups, including the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, prepared to attack the U.S. Capitol in the days leading up to Jan. 6, 2021.




MADISON (WKOW) — A former congressman from Wisconsin, who served three terms in the House of Representatives, said Friday he believes the Jan. 6 committee has already produced enough evidence to merit a criminal investigation into the former President Donald Trump’s role in the US Capitol insurrection. .

Reid Ribble had previously been a vocal critic of Trump. He represented Northeastern Wisconsin in the 8th congressional district from 2011 to 2017.

Speaking from his Tennessee home between Nashville and Knoxville on Friday morning, he said it was disturbing to watch the committee hearing earlier this week, as former White House attorney Pat Cipollone told the House committee on January 6 that he had intercepted a meeting where Trump, along with outside advisers Rudy Giuliani, Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell discussed the possibility of seizing voting machines after the 2020 election.

“If that had happened, I mean, it would have been a constitutional crisis that would have happened in real time,” Ribble said. “But there was absolutely no jurisdiction and there is no power under the US Constitution for the federal government to take a step like that.”

Ribble said, given everything the committee has presented so far, that he believes there is already enough evidence to warrant the US Department of Justice (DOJ) opening a criminal investigation into the Trump’s role in the January 6 uprising.

“I feel comfortable right now saying that,” Ribble said when asked what evidence would support the DOJ considering criminal charges against Trump.

“Based on what we’ve seen, it would be surprising if the Justice Department didn’t already consider something,” Ribble added. “Whether they plan to prosecute President Trump or not, I think it’s doubtful, to be honest with you, but I could see someone like Mark Meadows, or other high-level personnel, being in the crosshairs.”

Ribble said that with the committee set to hold what, for now, is expected to be the last prime-time hearing next week, he anticipates what other information will be in the committee’s final report.

He added that the most important outcome is what Congress as a whole ends up doing with the committee’s findings — actions that could help shape November’s midterm elections.

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