In the wake of a violent riot on Capitol Hill this week, a renewed push to remove President Donald Trump from office and potentially charge him and his allies with criminal counts began to brew among his Democratic critics.
According to the New York Post, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced during a recent interview that he held the president accountable for stoking Wednesday’s civil unrest with his rhetoric regarding supposed election fraud in November’s election, leaving open the possibility for prosecution attempts against Trump and members of his inner circle.
“Calling on their supporters”
Trump supporters arrived in the nation’s capital to protest the election results, ultimately making their way to the Capitol building where they engaged in an unlawful breach.
Aside from the president, reports indicate his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and even his son, Donald Trump Jr., could all face criminal charges related to their speeches earlier in the day during which they seemingly encouraged the crowd to take their protest to another level.
According to Racine, all three men “were calling on their supporters and hate groups to go to the Capitol and in the words of Rudy Giuliani, ‘exercise combat justice.'”
The prosecutor went on to insist that his office would investigate each of the individuals, referring to them collectively as “mobsters.”
As for the rioters who staged the attempted takeover of Congress that left five people dead, Racine promised a thorough investigation.
“Looking at all actors”
U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin echoed those sentiments, announcing that his office would be looking into as many suspected lawbreakers as possible.
“We are looking at all actors here,” he declared. “Was there a command and control? Were there others that maybe assisted or facilitated or obviously played some ancillary role in this?”
The U.S. Department of Justice, however, indicated that it might not be interested in pursuing charges against Trump, who is set to remain in office for less than two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.
Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Kohl reacted to a question on the subject by a reporter for the Post by asserting that Americans should not “expect any charges of that nature.”
Another unidentified Justice Department official hinted at the same outcome, explaining: “As of now, we have not charged anyone with incitement or insurrection. This is an extremely complex and ongoing investigation, and we will continue to follow the facts and the law.”