In a sign of trouble yet to come, the Attorney General of Washington DC has now indicated on several occasions that Donald Trump could be facing criminal liability in the case of the January 6th Capitol siege.
Trump has already been impeached for his “incitement” of the “insurrection” that occurred that day, but there are some who feel that Trump’s culpability extends further still.
The DC AG is now working to decide if this is the case.
Anchor Ali Velshi said, “You are considering bringing charges, that’s what the reporting is, against people for inciting this riot.”
Racine replied, “The reporting is accurate. The office of attorney general has jurisdiction over a number of potential offenses, including weapons, ammunition, curfew violations, and the one that’s gotten the most attention, of course, is the inciting violence charge. We’ve brought that charge before. It is law in D.C. since 2011. It makes illegal the statements of individuals that clearly encourage, cajole, and otherwise, you know, get people motivated to commit violence. We’ll balance the First Amendment rights of speakers versus this law and will be judicious with whether to charge and who to charge but every single person at that rally is being reviewed.”
And there was more…
He added, “You know, we’re looking at the president, of course you have to be, you know, incredibly diligent and responsible whenever you’re going to charge anyone. The president is not above the law. He’s not below the law. I think his conduct prior to the mob storming the Capitol is relevant. I think his conduct during that time and immediately thereafter is also relevant. You’ll remember it wasn’t until hours after the Capitol was cleared that the president actually made a statement of contrition and actually chastised and called the stormers rioters. That’s a long time after what everyone saw on their TV was an attempt essentially to undo our democracy. So we’re going to be thorough, patient, and rigorous.”
Given that the matter may not be a federal crime, the President wouldn’t be able to pardon himself either.
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