Donald Trump should plead ‘insanity’ on charges: Harvard law professor

Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe said Sunday that former President Donald Trump should “plead insanity” if charged over events related to last year’s Capitol riots.

“If this is the ‘defense’ in Trump’s upcoming trial, I do not envy the attorneys who are agreeing to represent him. They had better be psychiatrists who are experts in reflexive projection and able to get their client to plead insanity,” Tribe wrote on Twitter.

The law professor commented on Trump’s reaction to the report released Thursday by the House Inquiry Committee into the riots. The attack on the Capitol began after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to try to decertify Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.

The committee noted in its report that “the central cause of January 6th was one man, former President Donald Trump, who was followed by many others. None of the events of January 6th would have happened without him.”

Trump condemned the 845-page report, calling it a “highly partisan” aspect of a political “witch hunt.” He also touted his unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election, which he says are at the root of “the protest.”

The former president also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying she ignored his “recommendation for the deployment of troops” in Washington, DC

“The highly partisan Unselect Committee Report purposely fails to mention Pelosi’s failure to heed my recommendation for the deployment of troops in DC, showing the ‘peaceful and patriotic’ [sic] Words I used or studying the reason for the protest, voter fraud,” Trump said in a post on Truth Social. “WITCH HUNT!”

Trump and his allies have repeatedly claimed that troops were requested to protect the Capitol that day, but there was no record of the former president making such a request, according to PolitiFact.

Donald Trump should plead insanity on charges: law professor
Former President Donald Trump waves after speaking during an event at Mar-a-Lago November 15 in Palm Beach, Florida. Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe said Sunday that Trump should “plead insanity” if charged over events surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.
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Some former Trump officials testified before the select committee that they had never heard of Trump requesting troops before or during the riot. Additionally, no evidence emerged that Pelosi had turned down the alleged request.

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Monday recommended referring Trump to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on at least four criminal charges related to the riots, including inciting a riot.

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said last week it was “important” to be prosecuted for rioting because it would bar Trump from holding office again.

Trump could also be charged in a separate DOJ investigation into how he mishandled top-secret documents the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida in August. The former president has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said he declassified those documents before removing them after leaving the White House.

In a Truth Social post last week, the former president criticized the FBI and DOJ for the ongoing criminal investigation against him.

“Our country is SICK inside, very much like a person dying of cancer. The crooked FBI, the so-called “Justice” and “Intelligence” departments, all parts of the Democratic Party and system, is the cancer. These armed thugs and tyrants must be dealt with or our once great and beautiful country will die!!!” he wrote.

Trump said in another post last week, “YOU WALK AFTER ME BECAUSE THEY REALLY WALK AFTER YOU!”

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Rick Schindler

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