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AG Merrick Garland Facing Increased Pressure to Charge Trump for January 6th Capitol Attack

AG Merrick Garland Facing Increased Pressure to Charge Trump for January 6th Capitol Attack

A new report from The Guardian suggests US Attorney General, Merrick Garland is facing more political pressure to not just move faster and expand the US Department of Justice’s investigation into the January 6th Capitol attack, but to also charge Donald Trump and some of his former top aides for their roles in planning and executing the insurrection.

The mounting evidence from the January 6th House Select Committee includes recent testimony from Trump’s elder daughter Ivanka Trump, as well as new cooperation from Trump insider Ali Alexander. Court rulings and news reports that Trump engaged in a criminal conspiracy in his aggressive drive to prevent Joe Biden’s election win in 2020 are forcing Garland and his staff into making a most unique decision: whether or not to criminally charge a former US president.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: President Donald Trump speaks at the “Stop The Steal” Rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

While the nation grows impatient amid the evidence of criminal conduct by Trump to obstruct Congress from certifying then-President-Elect Joe Biden’s win on January 6th and defraud the government, building a strong case to prove Trump’s corrupt intent is a necessary element to convict him, and that requires more evidence and time, according to legal experts. Earlier this year, Garland said he would hold “all January 6th perpetrators, at any level” accountable, if they were present at the Capitol that day or not, who was responsible for this “assault on our democracy”, which suggested to some that Garland was ready to move forward against Trump and his closest allies.

But the most targeted criticisms of Garland–that he needs to move faster and with a clearer focus on Trump and his top allies–have come from Democrats on the House panel investigating the Capitol attack. “We are upholding our responsibility, the Department of Justice must do the same,” January 6th Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said. Likewise, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D-VA) urged Garland to “do your job so we can do ours.”

Read the full report at The Guardian.

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