Prosecutor says Trump could still face criminal charges over Capitol riot

According to federal prosecutor Michael Sherwin, former President Donald Trump could still face criminal charges for his alleged involvement in the Capitol riot that occurred on Jan. 6, The Hill reported.

Sherwin is the federal prosecutor who, until last week, was leading the Department of Justice’s investigation into the Capitol riot.

That investigation has resulted in more than 400 arrests so far.

“Criminally culpable”

Sherwin made the claim that Trump could be criminally charged for his alleged role in the riot during a recent episode of CBS News’ 60 Minutes that aired on Sunday.

“Now the question is, [is Trump] criminally culpable for everything that happened during the siege, during the breach,” Sherwin said.

Sherwin argued it is “unequivocal” that Trump was “the magnet that brought the people to D.C. on the 6th,” but he suggested that whether Trump’s actions actually led to the riot is another story.

“We have plenty of people — we have soccer moms from Ohio that were arrested saying ‘Well, I did this because my president said I had to take back our house,'” Sherwin said. “That moves the needle towards that direction [of Trump being criminally culpable]. Maybe the president is culpable for these actions.”

On the other hand, Sherwin said there were other people who were arrested who said, “‘You know what? We did this because Trump just talks a big game. He’s just all talk. We did what he wouldn’t do.'”

Background

Sherwin concluded the segment, saying “we have people looking at everything,” which presumably would include Trump’s involvement.

Democrats, and even some Republicans, have argued that the speech Trump gave to his supporters on Jan. 6, the day Congress held a joint session to approve the Electoral College results for the 2020 presidential election, directly led to the riot at the Capitol building. Democrats usually highlight Trump’s use of the word “fight” in that speech, while leaving out that he called upon his supporters to act “peacefully and patriotically.”

Congressional Democrats, with some Republican support, impeached Trump on the grounds that he incited an insurrection. He was later acquitted by the Senate.

Some Democrats have been pushing for Trump to be criminally prosecuted. There have been many legal experts, however, who have argued that there is simply no legal basis to charge him.

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