The evidence against the ex-president is mounting and even if he manages to escape the judgment of the judiciary, he will not escape that of history.
These public hearings by the Congressional Committee on the events of January 6, 2021 have been long awaited.
Crimes have been committed in connection with the events of January 6, 2021, and the US Department of Justice has already initiated hundreds of court cases against violent protesters on Capitol Hill. They testified that they believed Donald Trump’s lies about the election and complied with his request to keep him in office.
It remains to be seen whether the person most responsible for this attack on democracy will bear the consequences.
It is a crime to engage in a conspiracy to disrupt the functioning of democratic institutions. That’s what Donald Trump has done, including pressuring his vice president to prevent the election from being certified.
The leaders of the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers were charged with seditious conspiracy against the United States government. It’s a crime and the evidence suggests Trump was involved.
It is a crime to pressure an election commissioner to annul the votes of thousands of citizens. That’s what Donald Trump did to the Georgia Secretary of State.
The commission showed Donald Trump knew his cheating allegations were false. But he used this false pretense to extort $250 million from his naïve followers. It’s also a crime.
Will he scroll again?
Donald Trump has long been a master at avoiding the consequences of his actions. Maybe this time he’ll get away with it.
To avoid political consequences, he can count on the blindness of his supporters and the misinformation of the right-wing media.
To avoid legal consequences, he can rest assured that conspiracy allegations are very difficult to prove. Also, like the mafia bosses, Trump knew how to cover his tracks, notably by systematically destroying almost every document that passed through his hands in the White House (which, by the way, is also a crime).
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s caution is understandable, because a trial against Trump would be hyperpoliticized and the risk of violent slips is real. Garland is therefore waiting for concrete evidence before initiating criminal proceedings, but it will take time and the wheels of politics turn much faster than those of the judiciary.
The Judgment of History
Notwithstanding the political and legal ramifications of the events of January 6 for Donald Trump, the body of evidence uncovered by the commission already leads us to conclude that in the eyes of history he will not get away with it.
Donald Trump will have been the first president who tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power in order to keep his post despite the election verdict. For the ex-president, for those who refused to impeach him in February 2021, for those who have supported or protected him since then, and for those who will vote for him or his apologists in 2022 and 2024, the court will of the story be very serious.