May 24, 2022

Democrat lawmakers predict Justice Department will prosecute Donald Trump over January 6th

Democrats doggedly pursued former President Donald Trump during his time in office. Just because he’s out of the White House doesn’t mean they’ll relent — and they’ll keep it up for one important reason.

There’s a “good chance” that the Justice Department will pursue Trump for his involvement in the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, according to several Democratic lawmakers, Breitbart reported. They see this as an opportunity to keep Trump out of the 2024 election.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland could go after Trump on little more than vague insinuations that he violated the law, but he isn’t publicizing anything yet. “They have all of the evidence at their disposal,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said of the DOJ’s ability to pursue the former president.

“Garland is a sort of by-the-book guy,” Kaine added. “You have prosecutors who will talk about things, kind of give you status reports along the way. But that’s not really the most professional things for prosecutors to do,” he said.

“What prosecutors usually do is they analyze all the evidence and then they either file an indictment or charge or they say nothing,” Kaine went on. “If they file an indictment or charge, they let that speak for itself and they don’t editorialize about it.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) also expressed his belief that there’s “a lot of evidence that [Trump] was complicit” in inciting the events on Jan. 6. “I think anybody who it’s proven had a role in the planning of [the Jan. 6 attack] should be prosecuted, not just the people who broke in and smashed the window in my office and others,” Brown said.

Though Garland has not publicly announced any action against Trump, he did use strong words to describe the events of that day. However, Democrats are worried that they’ll pay dearly if this newest investigation is botched and becomes an albatross on their necks.

Rather than getting Trump out of the running for 2024, another failed attempt at a prosecution would underscore Democrats’ misuse of the legal process. They need to tread carefully as Trump has been through the wringer with these investigations before and always comes out clean on the other side.

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