Speculation is growing that Donald Trump might face charges for trying to obstruct Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election this year as a House panel collects more evidence into the January 6th attack on the Capitol, former prosecutors and other experts say.
Expectations regarding possible charges against Trump have been heightened recently thanks to a not-entirely-rhetorical bombshell from January 6th Select Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney suggesting the House panel is looking at whether Trump broke a law that bars obstruction of “official proceedings”.
Former prosecutors say if the panel finds new evidence about Trump’s role interfering with Congress’ job to certify President Biden’s election, that could help strengthen a potential case by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
BREAKING: "Trump Will Be Subpoenaed By Jan 6th Committee," says Jan. 6 rally organizer Ali Alexander
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Rep. Cheney’s comments have been echoed by two other members of the House select committee, Republican Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Democrat Jamie Raskin of Maryland. Each has been generating more talk of how an obstruction statute could apply to Trump, which would entail the panel making a criminal referral of evidence for the justice department to investigate, say DOJ veterans. Although a House panel referral of obstruction by Trump would not force DOJ to open a criminal case against him, it could help provide more evidence for one, and build pressure on the justice department to move forward, say former prosecutors.
Just saw a video of @DavidCayJ speech in '18 in which he predicted that Trump would never leave office peacefully & would claim that any defeat was rigged. Also, that the GQP would never stand up to Trump. In a separate, recent speech, he also predicts Trump's indictment. I agree
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Trump is also feverishly trying to block the panel from obtaining White House records related to January 6th from the National Archives, and his appeal to the Supreme Court is his last chance.
The Jan. 6th committee has asked the Supreme Court to move quickly on an appeal from former President Trump to block White House records from them.
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Attorney General Merrick Garland has declined to say so far whether his department may be investigating Trump and his top allies already for their roles in the Capitol assault.