Recommendation to charge Trump gets subdued response from Montana delegation

The Jan. 6 Committee’s recommendation that former President Donald Trump face charges for the 2021 riot at the Capitol received a measured response from Montana’s congressional delegation, with Republicans indicating they were moving on.

The bipartisan select committee voted Monday to recommended four criminal charges against Trump, who carried the Montana vote by wide margins in 2016 and 2020. Specifically, the recommended charges were conspiring to defraud the United States, obstruction, inciting or assisting insurrection, and conspiring to make a false statement.

None of Montana’s congressional members were very outspoken about the ruling. Three of them are likely to be making announcements about the state’s 2024 U.S. Senate race in the coming weeks.

“The Senator believes this has been a partisan process from the beginning and Montanans are more concerned with the inflation, border and energy crises facing them this winter,” said Rachel Dumpke, a spokesperson for Republican Sen. Steve Daines.

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Similar to Daines, incoming U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, who will represent western Montana, dismissed the select committee’s work as partisan and said the House focus belonged elsewhere.

“A shameful partisan charade with an overdose of Trump derangement syndrome,” said Zinke,

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