Donald Trump knows his legal troubles have just begun. Multiple sources have told CNN that Trump, who the U.S. Senate refused to convict in the impeachment trial, is concerned about the possibility of being criminally charged for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot.
Leading Republicans such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Rep. Lynn Cheney (R-Wyo.) both have said publicly that Trump bears responsibility for the deadly insurrection, both because of his speech at the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 and his repeated false assertions since the November election that a second term was being stolen from him.
Kaitlan Collins, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, said it’s out of concern that charges “could be awaiting him” that the former president has been mostly silent and out of sight since leaving office.
“When you saw Mitch McConnell come out to try to explain his acquittal vote,” Collins said, “and he very strongly implied that the legal system should take care of Donald Trump, saying he was practically and morally responsible for that riot, that really does get at the heart of a big concern for the former president.
“It’s something that Liz Cheney said as well, implying there could be a prosecution in Donald Trump’s future related to what happened on January 6th and the role that he played in it,” she added.
Trump already is the subject of criminal probes in New York and Fulton County, Georgia. Manhattan investigators are looking into alleged bank and tax fraud in connection with his businesses there. The Atlanta inquiry is looking at whether Trump committed crimes during his Jan. 2 “find the votes” phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger when he told the state official it would be okay if he “recalculated” the state’s vote total and flipped the results to make Trump the winner.