What to Know in Washington: Jan. 6 Panel Closes Probe with Vote

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The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack will complete its 17-month probe with votes Monday on recommendations for the first-ever criminal prosecution of a former president, with offenses including insurrection, according to people familiar with plans.

The committee session, to be shown live beginning 1 p.m. Washington time by major television networks, follows a series of eight hearings in which the panel presented a case that Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election broke the law and incited the deadly assault on the Capitol.

The nine-member, bipartisan panel is also expected to vote on and release at least in part a final report on its investigation along with supporting documents backing criminal referrals against Trump and several associates, and proposed civil actions against others, the people said.

A video of former President Donald Trump displayed on a screen during a hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol on Oct. 13.

Representative Adam Schiff, a member of the panel and a former federal prosecutor, said Sunday he believes there is sufficient evidence to charge Trump with multiple crimes, including insurrection. The former president’s actions surrounding the 2021 attack on the Capitol are a “pretty good match” for a criminal insurrection charge, he said.

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Any subsequent conviction on an insurrection charge could complicate Trump’s reelection effort. Under the Constitution’s 14th amendment, anyone who has previously taken an oath to support the constitution — which presidents and members of Congress must do — is barred from federal office if they engage in insurrection. Read more.

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Biden’s Surprise Victories Silence Doubters as He Preps 2024 Bid

A week before the midterm election, President Joe Biden pitched senior advisers on his closing argument to American voters — a sweeping address in which he’d once again insist that democracy itself was on the ballot.

It was a risky idea. A similar Biden speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia a month earlier bombed with critics, who panned it as partisan and dismissive of core voter concerns, including inflation. Some Democrats suggested afterward they might be better off without the president on the ticket in 2024.

But it paid off a week later with the best midterm performance by a president in two decades. After first-year stumbles including a chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden found his footing with a string of legislative wins, his party’s surprise midterm showing, a successful summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping and, last week, the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner from a Russian prison.

Biden speaks at the US-Africa Leaders Summit closing session on Dec. 15.

“I’m sick and tired of people wanting to run away from him,” said Representative Debbie Dingell (D), a Michigan lawmaker and longtime friend of the Bidens. “He’s done a good job. We’ve gotten more legislation done than in decades, and we need to tell the story more.”

Even so, the next two years may prove far rockier for Biden. With Republicans controlling the House of Representatives, Biden will have scant opportunity for legislative achievements while fending off GOP-led investigations of his administration’s policies and his son, Hunter Biden.

The makeup of the new Congress has killed hopes for core unrealized pieces of Biden’s agenda that resonate with his base – including an assault-weapons ban and voting rights legislation. But White House aides are hopeful there could be room to work with Republicans on items including immigration, high-skilled job training programs, mental health services and education. Read more.

Happening on the Hill


  • The Senate meets at 3 p.m. to consider an FDIC nomination
  • House lawmakers are scheduled to return Wednesday

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EU Tax Move to Swipe Revenue From US Unless Congress Follows

The tax landscape for US multinationals is about to get messier now that the European Union has adopted a 15% minimum tax for big companies while Congress shows no sign of getting on board a global agreement backed by the Biden administration.

  • Separately, Congress must raise a new tax reporting threshold set to go into effect next year to prevent confusion from casual online sellers receiving the forms, the American Institute of CPAs wrote in a letter to congressional tax writers Friday. Read more.

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Around the Administration


  • At 1:30 p.m. Biden meets with President Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador
  • Biden hosts a Hanukkah holiday reception at 7 p.m.
  • At 2:30 p.m. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a briefing

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Fed’s Highest Rates in 15 Years Are Derailing the American Dream

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US Extends Tariff Reprieve on Some China Goods as Review Ongoing

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Sam Bankman-Fried Planning to Drop Fight Against US Extradition

Sam Bankman-Fried plans to drop his fight against extradition to the US to face a range of criminal charges, according to people familiar with the matter.

Airline Refund, Voucher Rules Pit Passengers Against Industry

Airline travelers seeking refunds for canceled flights are in line for some help from the Transportation Department — but some say the new consumer protections don’t go far enough.

Severe Covid Risk in Older Adults Cut Sharply With Updated Shots

The updated Covid-19 booster shots give adults ages 65 and older the greatest level of protection against hospitalization, according to new US government data.

Biden Student-Loan Relief to Run on Honor System Thanks to Nixon

Biden’s plan to forgive student debt is based on applicants’ income being below certain levels. Problem is, his education team has limited ways to check if that is true.

Yellen Heads to Africa Next Month in US Push to Strengthen Ties

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will travel to Africa in January, deepening the Biden administration’s engagement with the continent amid a broader push to counter China’s influence in developing nations.

US Vacates 1954 Security Decision for ‘Father of Atomic Bomb’

The US Energy Department on Friday vacated a decision made in 1954 to revoke the security clearance of J Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Michaela Ross in Washington at mross@bgov.com; Brandon Lee in Washington at blee@bgov.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Giuseppe Macri at gmacri@bgov.com

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