Former President Donald Trump experienced a legal setback this week when the House January 6 Committee voted Monday to recommend that the Department of Justice prosecute him.
Fox News reported that the criminal referrals relate to obstructing an official proceeding of Congress, conspiracy to defraud the federal government, making a false statement, and inciting, assisting, or aiding and comforting an insurrection.
Republicans denounce Trump criminal referral
The decision was immediately denounced by a number of Trump’s House Republican allies, including Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.
In a statement provided to Fox News, a spokesman for Jordan’s office denounced the referrals as being “another partisan and political stunt.”
What’s more, Criticism of the committee’s decision to refer Trump for criminal prosecution was not limited to the former president’s supporters.
During a Monday appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” former Vice President Mike Pence reiterated his allegation that Trump’s “actions and words on January 6th were reckless.”
Mike Pence: Committee has a “partisan taint”
However, Pence complained that the committee has a “partisan taint” and pointed to the history of false statements made by members like California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff.
“How many times did Adam Schiff say that there was evidence of collusion with Russia?” Pence asked hosts Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer.
“Two and a half years we listened to Adam Schiff talk about evidence that he had seen that was never there,” the former vice president noted.
Pence went on to say that an indictment of Trump “would be terribly divisive in a country at a time when the American people want to see us heal.”
“At this time of year, we’re all thinking about the most important things in our lives, our faith, and our family. And my hope is the Justice Department will think very carefully,” he added.
Alan Dershowitz says referrals are unconstitutional
Meanwhile, Newsweek reported that attorney Alan Dershowitz said during Monday’s episode of his podcast “The Dershow” that the referrals are unconstitutional.
“Congress has only legislative powers,” Dershowitz declared. “It does not have prosecutorial authority….I challenge anybody to show me anything in this Constitution which explicitly or even implicitly gives Congress the power to refer cases of individuals for prosecution.”
Dershowitz also took issue with House January 6 Committee member and Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, accusing him of having “ignored the Constitution and put partisanship before law.”
“I contributed to your campaign,” Dershowitz acknowledged before adding, “But you’re wrong about this one. And you’ve been wrong about almost everything regarding Trump because you put politics before principle.”