The U.S. Department of Justice didn’t rule out the possibility that President Donald Trump could end up facing criminal charges for allegedly inciting the riot that took place at the Capitol building on Wednesday.
“We are looking at all actors, not only the people who went into the building,” U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin stated.
The NY Times released a report in which Sherwin was asked if targets included in the ongoing investigation included President Trump.
“We are looking at all actors here,” he replied. “Was there a command and control? Were there others that maybe assisted or facilitated or obviously played some ancillary role in this? Anyone that had a role, and the evidence fits the elements of a crime, they’re going to be charged.”
“Sherwin also said no charges are off the table,” USA Today reported. “Charges such as seditious conspiracy, rioting and insurrection will be considered if warranted. Last year, following weeks of unrest in several cities after the death of George Floyd, Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen wrote a memo telling federal prosecutors to consider a sedition charge against protesters who conspired to ‘take a federal courthouse or other federal property by force.’”advertisement — content continues below
The Times noted that the DOJ typically protects sitting presidents by asserting that they cannot be criminally charged, but that protection will end for Trump in less than two weeks.
Trump held a rally with supporters on January 6 as Congress was in the process of certifying the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden. After the rally was over, thousands of those who attended the rally stormed the U.S. Capitol Building, causing property damage and attacking law enforcement officers. At least five people died amid or as a result of the riot, including one Trump supporter who was shot as she was trying to breach a sealed off area and a police officer who was smashed in the head with a fire extinguisher.
A point that is critically important to remember here is that this whole incident managed to pull everyone’s attention away from the runoff races in Georgia and the indications that more funny business was happening there with Dominion voting machines.
The whole point of the rally on Wednesday was due to anger and fear over potential voter fraud skewing the results of the 2020 presidential election. There were debates to be held about whether or not to certify the Electoral College results of certain states.
All of that got successfully pushed to the side due to this horrific riot. Shouldn’t we be focusing on identifying all of the actors involved in this incident to see if any belonged to groups like Antifa or BLM?
That’s not to say they were the only folks who might have been involved. We just don’t know a lot of the facts just yet.
Also, earlier in the day, President Trump called for peace. The mainstream media doesn’t seem to want to report on that.