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January 6th Panel Has The Evidence On Trump; May Wait For DOJ To Act First

January 6th Panel Has The Evidence On Trump; May Wait For DOJ To Act First

America has been waiting for over a year for the former president to face consequences for his actions following the 2020 election, and at last, one of the bodies investigating him says they have sufficient evidence to move forward. It still might not happen.

SELMA, USA – APRIL 9: Former US President Donald Trump holds a rally sponsored by Save America with Ted Budd, Madison Cawthorn, Bo Hines, Dan Bishop, Mark Robinson and Greg Murphy in Selma, NC, on April 9, 2022. (Photo by Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

It isn’t the first time, either, that Trump was involved in something and even the evidence available to the public looked so damning that there was widespread certainty he’d face legal consequences. So far those hopes have been extinguished and relit more times than a trick birthday candle. There have been two impeachments without convictions, investigators have quit their jobs over a failure to prosecute alleged financial crimes, and Trump has been compared to Teflon as none of it seems to stick to him.

Now the January 6th Committee says they have the evidence, and according to the New York Times, they’re stuck in a debate about what to do with it.

It seems some members of the panel are ready to send a criminal referral to the Department of Justice, but others aren’t certain if that’s the right move quite yet, with Attorney General Merrick Garland’s watched-pot of a legal process finally showing a few bubbles of potentially significant convictions. There is a concern that doing so might seem like an effort to put pressure on the DOJ to act, and that perhaps it’s better to wait.

Still, the Committee’s overall stance has been — as represented in the tweet below about Trump associates Peter Navarro and Daniel Scavino — that they have a duty to act, rather than hold back, when the evidence is in.

Watch Representative Liz Cheney explain below.

The apparent pace of the Justice Department’s investigation has America frustrated, even reportedly worrying President Joe Biden, but Garland keeps assuring the public that what they’re seeing isn’t a lack of progress, but a lack of leaks.

As the Guardian recently reported, even members of the January 6th Committee have publicly called for the DOJ to make visible moves, but legal experts have said it could still take time to build a sufficient case, and Garland has described the process as “bottom-up” — moving from the defendants with the most direct evidence and clear charges (those who were present in the Capitol that day) to those who might be more behind the scenes.

The recent guilty plea from a Proud Boys leader hit with conspiracy charges, and his promise to cooperate with investigators, could mean the DOJ is successfully moving towards those involved in planning behind the scenes — but should the January 6th Committee still submit a criminal referral based on their own information?

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