Attack on the Capitol | Enough evidence to indict Trump, Jan. 6 commission says

(Washington) Members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 congressional riots say they have gathered enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider filing charges against former President Donald Trump.

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“I would like to see the Justice Department investigate all credible allegations of criminal activity by Donald Trump,” said Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the committee. He did some things designed to overturn the election results that I didn’t see, to show that the department was investigating. »

The committee held its first hearings last week. Each member detailed the defeated President’s efforts to invalidate the results of the November 2020 poll, in which Democrat Joe Biden won.


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The investigative committee charged with shedding light on the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol held its first public hearing Thursday night.

New evidence will be unveiled next week. They could demonstrate how Donald Trump and his advisors made “massive efforts” to spread misinformation and pressure the Justice Department to accept his bad thesis.

Members said Sunday the most important session will be when Attorney General Merrick Garland appears, who will ultimately have to decide whether to prosecute Mr Trump. You have no doubt that the evidence is sufficient.


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US Attorney General Merrick Garland

“When the evidence is collected by the Justice Department, they have to make a decision about it. Can he prove that beyond a reasonable doubt in front of a grand jury [l’ancien] President or someone else is guilty? argues Mr. Schiff. We need to examine the credible evidence that I believe is available. »

Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin said he had no intention of intimidating Mr Garland but pointed out that the committee had already filed legal arguments showing Mr Trump had repeatedly violated the criminal code.

“He’s aware. His employees are aware of this. federal prosecutors know. You know what’s at stake, he said. They pay attention to historical precedent and facts. »

Mr. Garland has not indicated what he intends to do in the near future, which looks complicated. Mr Trump has openly indicated that he intends to run again in 2024. “We will follow the facts wherever they lead us,” the attorney general told Harvard University students in May.

In March, a California federal judge found it “probable” that the ex-president broke the law by attempting to invalidate the November 2020 election result. Donald Trump has consistently denied the facts.

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