US, storming the Capitol. The commission of inquiry recommends the prosecutor’s office to bring charges against Donald Trump
The House Committee of Investigation into the Capitol Storming has recommended that federal prosecutors file criminal charges against former President Donald Trump. The charges would include, inter alia, incitement to carry out a coup.
During a recent public hearing, the House of Representatives Committee of Inquiry into the events surrounding the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol, recommended that the Justice Department prosecute the former president Donald Trump four counts: inciting or aiding insurrection, obstruction of official Congressional procedures, conspiracy to commit fraud, and conspiracy to perpetuate a falsehood.
This is the first time a congressional committee has sought charges against an ex-president. “We have confidence that the work of this committee will help develop a road map to justice, and that agencies and agencies responsible for ensuring justice will use this information in their work,” said committee chairman, Democrat Benny Thompson.
The committee of inquiry recommends that Trump be charged
The notification does not formally oblige the prosecutor’s office to bring charges. A federal investigation into the events surrounding January 6 has been ongoing for months, but no charges have yet been decided.
The final report concluded that over the course of 18 months, the committee had accumulated a “huge” amount of evidence to conclude that President Trump, aware that his claims of electoral fraud were false, led efforts to reverse the election results by exerting pressure on state and federal governments. including the vice president, staging an attempt to select alternate electors in the Electoral College, and also refusing for long hours to take action to stop the Capitol mob.
“Each of these actions by Donald Trump was taken to aid a multi-part conspiracy to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 election,” the committee members wrote. They also accused Trump of using his lies about election fraud to raise over $250 million from his supporters. Some of this money was to be used to provide work for witnesses who appeared before the commission.
– No man who behaved in this way, at this time, can serve in any position of power in our country (…) The Commission recognizes that our work has only just begun and this is only the first step towards facing the President Trump’s efforts to illegally remain in office, said commission vice chair, Republican Liz Cheney, on Monday.
The committee also filed complaints with the House ethics committee against four congressmen who refused to testify, including Republican leader Kevin McCarthy. According to the testimonies of several of the witnesses, McCarthy allegedly repeatedly asked Trump on January 6 to call on the crowd of his supporters to disperse, which he refused.
Pence denies allegations against Trump
The then boss Pentagon Christopher Miller also testified that President Trump gave no order to disperse the rioters, while top commander General Mark Milley stated that the decision to call in National Guard troops was made by the Vice President. Mike Pence.
Even though Pence felt that Trump’s actions – who publicly pressured him to annul the election results and incited his sympathizers against him – put him in danger, on Monday he spoke out against the allegations against the former president.
“Regarding the Justice Department’s decision to file charges in the future, I hope they don’t file charges against the former president,” Pence told Fox News.
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