But increasingly, lawmakers in the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack are pressuring Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate Trump and his associates. They have raised the possibility of criminal charges being filed in at least one court and openly discussing others, all related to the violent attacks of that day by Trump supporters seeking to disrupt the official credentials of Congress in his re-election defeat.
Here are some of the crimes proposed by the House panel:
Criminal conspiracy to deceive the United States
The committee argued that there was evidence to support the notion that Trump, Eastman and other former president’s allies had “entered into an agreement to deceive the United States.” The panel said Trump and his associates interfered in the election certification process, spread false information about electoral fraud and pressured state and federal officials to assist in that effort.
Obstruction of an official procedure
Late last month, U.S. District Court Judge David Carter was somewhat influenced by the panel’s arguments. In order to order Eastman to return the materials, Carter wrote that the court “found President Trump more likely than not to try to obstruct the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021.”
In the filing, the committee argued that Trump either attempted or succeeded in obstructing, influencing, or obstructing the January 6 formal process, and while presiding over the session, “corrupted” Vice President Mike Pence by pressuring him to reverse the results. Pence refuses to do so.
“President Trump and members of his campaign knew he did not receive enough legitimate state election votes to declare the winner of the 2020 presidential election in the joint session of Congress on January 6, but the president tried to use the vice president to manipulate it. The results were in his favor,” the committee wrote. .
General law fraud
The committee also raised allegations of “general law fraud” or misrepresentation of information. Trump launched a wide-ranging campaign to convince the public and federal judges that the 2020 election was rigged and that he won, not Biden, but the results of the Electoral College. Electoral officials and courts across the country, including Trump’s attorney general, have rejected the claims.
As an example of such fraud, the committee noted in the Eastman filing that a Justice Department official told Trump directly that a Facebook video posted by his campaign “to show Georgia officials dragging ballot suitcases from under the table” was false, yet the campaign continued to run. Georgia officials have repeatedly denied the allegations.
The committee said in a statement that it had “relied on the allegations in an attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election.”
Neglect of duty
Although they did not disclose this in the Eastman filing, House panel leaders suggested earlier this year that they believe Trump may be responsible for “negligence of duty” or even inaction because his supporters violently smashed windows and doors. US Capital.
Rep. Benny Thompson, de-Miss., Chairman of the committee, said in January that “the damage I see is that the president of the United States was sent to the capital by people who saw him under siege and did nothing সময়ের during that time.”
Vice Chairman of the Committee, Ripa. Liz Cheney, R-Wyming, noted the same month that the panel knew from “first evidence” that Trump had seen the attack on television. “We know he did not walk too far into the White House briefing room, immediately came to the camera and told people to stop and go home,” he said.
Cheney said it was harder to “imagine a more significant and more serious neglect of duty” than Trump’s failure to quell the insurgency.
Although the committee did not disclose specific details, it did set up an internal task force to investigate funding for the massive rally at the National Mall on the morning of January 6 and any donors who could support transportation or other costs that might help. Violence
Asked by CNN earlier this year if they had any evidence of financial fraud, Thompson said committee members “have some concerns, but we have not disclosed those concerns at this time.”
“We think it’s extremely worrying on our part that people have raised money for an activity, and we can’t find money to spend on that particular activity,” Thompson said. “So, we will continue to see it. And financing is one of the things we’re going to look at very closely. “
More than 775 rioters have been arrested for mutiny. Yet the legal consequences were elusive for Trump and other top officials who lied about electoral fraud and laid the groundwork for their actions.
Congress has no jurisdiction to prosecute, but so-called criminals can send referrals to the judiciary. Mala can then decide whether to act.
The judiciary will stay away from confirming the action. And it is uncertain whether any charges against the repeatedly investigated president will stand up in court. It could be difficult for prosecutors to make a winning case against Trump.
The president called a large crowd of his supporters that morning and returned to the White House to watch them enter the Capitol on television. The rioters beat the police, chased lawmakers and intercepted President Joe Biden’s credentials.