1/6 The chairman of the committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), said the committee could investigate Trump and prosecute him for breach of duty.
The Washington Post reported:
He said the president’s delayed response to the Capitol attack could be a factor in deciding whether to issue a criminal referral if Congress informs the Justice Department that it believes a crime has been committed. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office must decide whether an indictment will be brought.
“We are very concerned about this breach of duty,” said Thompson. “And one of those concerns is whether it was intentional or not, and whether that lack of attention over that lengthy period would warrant a referral.”
The pressure on the Justice Department to prosecute Trump would be enormous. The reason the committee delves so deeply into Trump’s actions during the attack on the Capitol is because they are trying to find out if a crime has been committed.
A criminal referral from Trump to the DOJ would turn American policy on its head. The committee wants to speak to the people Trump has been in contact with as they are trying to determine the motivation behind his inaction.
It would be a gift to democracy if Donald Trump were prosecuted.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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