One of former President Donald Trump’s lawyers has said that the Jan. 6 committee’s criminal referrals against Trump are “pretty much worthless.” Tim Parlatore told CNN that the Department of Justice has no obligation to follow through or even investigate the referrals. He added that the only thing the referrals achieve is to politicize the process.

Parlatore is Trump’s representative in the Justice Department’s (DOJ) investigations into the Jan. 6 riot and the mishandling of classified documents retrieved from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
He continued on to say “It’s political noise” without “any effect, as of right now, on our defense.”

The House select committee investigating Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack recommended that the Justice Department investigate Trump on four different counts which included inciting an insurrection, conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to make a false statement and obstruction of an official proceeding.

The criminal referrals were followed by the release of the committee’s final report, an 845-page document that marks the official conclusion of the committee’s 18 months of investigations.

Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said on Monday that while the DOJ may not be under any obligation to follow through with the referrals he was hopeful that the DOJ would eventually choose to charge Trump. He added that the referrals were the only action that the committee could have taken after their investigations. He said that based on the evidence that the committee uncovered it only made sense for them to take action against President Trump, who in their review was clearly responsible for creating “a problem for this country.”