It didn’t take long after the chaos that ensued at the U.S. Capitol this week for Democrats and many in the mainstream media to suggest that President Donald Trump be criminally charged for inciting the riots that resulted in mass destruction and multiple fatalities.
As reported by CNBC, at this point in time, it doesn’t appear that the president will face any criminal charges for what took place on January 6, according to word from a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice — despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) caviling.
Reporters asked the DOJ official during a conference call with members of the press on Friday, who asked the official whether or not the president could be in criminal legal trouble for any role that he might have played in inciting the riot, which was largely led by supporters of the president.
“We don’t expect any charges of that nature,” the official said. Just a day prior to that announcement, a top federal prosecutor in the District of Columbia refused to rule out the possibility.
However, either the same or another DOJ spokesperson — it was unclear from the reporting — suggested that criminally charging the president and/or his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and his son, Donald Trump Jr. was not 100 percent off the table, although the language used was vague.
“Our focus is on the events at the Capitol,” the DOJ spokesperson said. “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.”
That hasn’t stopped Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from pressuring DOJ officials to launch a criminal investigation into the president, as during a taping for an upcoming segment on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” the House leader clearly made her case for criminally charging the president.
“Well, sadly, the person who’s running the executive branch is a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the United States, and only a number of days until we can be protected from him. But he has done something so serious that there should be prosecution against him,” the Speaker said, according to Breitbart.
Pelosi has also demanded that the president either resign or be removed under the 25th Amendment or face the likelihood of a second impeachment trial. House Democrats have already drawn up articles of impeachment against the president, and could vote on it as soon as Monday, according to BBC.