Donald Trump should be convicted as a criminal for acts of exceptional gravity. This is the symbolic and historic conclusion of the House Committee’s investigation into the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. During its final public hearing, on Monday, December 19, the commission retained four possible grounds for indictment: obstruction of official process (certification of results in Congress after Joe Biden’s victory), conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to create false declarations (alternative voter lists), and finally a Inciting or aiding rebellion.
All nine elected members of the House of Representatives believe that at the end of a monumental eighteen months of work, they have sufficient evidence to make these recommendations to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The latter are in no way obliged to adopt them. This is where the fine line between parliamentary work, rigor and adequacy, and framing an indictment against a grand jury to decide potential cases comes into play.
As for the commission, Donald Trump’s responsibilities are undeniable and detailed The 160-page summary was released on Monday, Dec. Ahead of the full report on the 21st. This fascinating text is based above all on the testimony of close advisers. He gathers all the parts of a dark organization that aims to prevent a peaceful transition of power. A coup d’état was attempted and failed. Donald Trump at the helm, intoxicated by his own lies, was ready to burn it all down rather than lose it all.
Ahead of the presidential election on November 3, 2020, Trump had planned to challenge the unfavorable decision, despite the advice of his advisers. He then launched a campaign of lies about fictitious scams while raising substantial funds (almost $250 million) from his supporters. He tried to promote alternative voter registration in certain key states, pressured local voting officials like Georgia, pushed the Justice Department to admit his lies, and asked his Vice President, Mike Pence, to block certification of the results in Congress. Then Donald Trump ramped up calls for mobilization in view of January 6, activating armed extremist groups such as the Proud Boys or Oath Keepers, so his supporters marched on Congress.
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