- The twice impeached ex-president who never won the popular vote faces a world of legal trouble now that the protections of the highest office in the land have been taken from him by voters who went out in record numbers to ensure he wouldn’t serve a second term. In addition to potential charges for tax fraud in his former home state of New York, prosecutors in Georgia are investigating him for potential charges of trying to interfere in Georgia’s election process.
Breaking: Trump may be criminally culpable for his role in the Capitol attack, a lead prosecutor tells 60 Minutes.
“It’s unequivocal that Trump was the magnet that brought people to DC on the 6th. Now the question is: Is he criminally culpable?…Maybe the president is culpable” pic.twitter.com/ByDgfLLq8P
— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) March 21, 2021
Department of Justice prosecutor Michael Sherwin confirmed on Sunday night that Trump’s legal troubles may go even farther. The Senate may have acquitted him during his impeachment trial despite clear evidence that he incited the deadly riot, but they may not be the final judge. Sherwin said that Trump’s role in the January 6 riot may still result in criminal charges.
According to The New York Times:
‘He reiterated assertions he made shortly after the attack that prosecutors were examining the conduct of former President Donald J. Trump, who had told his supporters to attend the rally on Jan. 6 and egged them on with baseless claims that he had won the election.
‘“It’s unequivocal that Trump was the magnet that brought the people to D.C. on the 6th. Now the question is, is he criminally culpable for everything that happened during the siege, during the breach?” Mr. Sherwin said.
‘“We have people looking at everything,” he said.’
“I personally believe the evidence is trending toward that, and probably meets those elements,” said Michael Sherwin.https://t.co/Wt4jK6j7sH
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) March 22, 2021
Sherwin also said that Trump supporting rioters may face worse charges than expected, as well, including sedition, or trying to overthrow the government. Hundreds of people known to have been in the Capitol Building that day, including those caught on video, including video they and their friends posted on social media, and expanded federal charges may be pending.
‘I personally believe the evidence is trending toward that, and probably meets those elements,” Mr. Sherwin said. “I believe the facts do support those charges. And I think that, as we go forward, more facts will support that’
DOJ has obtained sufficient evidence in their investigation into the Jan. 6 terrorist attack on the Capitol to charge some of the suspects w/ sedition: conspiring to overthrow the govt. 400+ cases, and approx. 10% involve complex conspiracies. #60Minutes pic.twitter.com/pQPWP5ZL2B
— Stephanie Kennedy (@WordswithSteph) March 22, 2021
The last time the Department of Justice attempted to bring a charge of sedition to court was in 2010 whenMichigan militia tried to instigate an armed conflict with government officers,
‘The judge in the case said the Justice Department had not adequately proved that the defendants had entered a “concrete agreement to forcibly oppose the United States government.”
‘The statute on seditious conspiracy also says that people who conspire to “oppose by force the authority” of the government or use force “to prevent, hinder or delay the execution of any law of the United States” can be charged with sedition.’
— lisa S Marie (@frequentbuyer1) March 21, 2021