Members of the House committee probing the Capitol riots said Sunday they disclosed enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider an unprecedented criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election. has done.
I want the Justice Department to investigate any credible allegation of criminal activity on the part of Donald Trump, said Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a committee member who also leads the House Intelligence Committee. There are some actions, parts of these different parts of an attempt to reverse the election I don’t see evidence that the Justice Department is investigating.
The committee held its first public hearing last week, in which members put up their case against Trump, to show how the defeated president continued to advance his false claims of a rigged election despite several advisers telling him otherwise. He accelerated an extraordinary plan to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.
Additional evidence is set to be unveiled at the hearing this week that will demonstrate how Trump and his advisers engaged in a massive effort to spread misinformation and pressure the Justice Department to embrace their false claims.
Committee members indicated Sunday that their most important audience during the hearing may ultimately be Attorney General Merrick Garland, who must decide whether his department can prosecute Trump. He left no doubt whether the evidence was sufficient or not.
Once the evidence is submitted by the Justice Department, it needs to make a decision about whether it can prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that the president is guilty or someone else, Schiff said. . But if there is credible evidence, which I think should be investigated.
Rape. Jamie Ruskin, D-MD, said he didn’t intend to harass Garland, but added that the committee has already made a variety of criminal statutes in legal arguments that Trump believes violated. has done.
I think he knows, his employees know, American lawyers know, what’s at stake here, Ruskin said. They know the importance of this, but I think they are taking precedence in history as well as the facts of the matter.
Garland has not specified how he can proceed, which would be unprecedented and could be complicated by a political election season in which Trump has openly flirted with the idea of running for president again in 2024. “Wherever we lead, we will follow the facts,” Garland said in his speech at the Harvard University opening ceremony last month.
A federal judge in California said in a March ruling in a civil case that Trump committed no more likely than federal crimes in trying to obstruct Congress’s counting of Electoral College ballots on January 6, 2021. The judge cited two methods: obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy to defraud the United States. Trump has denied all wrongdoing.
Schiff appeared on ABC This Week, and Ruskin spoke on CNN State of the Union.