Democratic US Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland says former President Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 riot goes beyond “mere incitement” to attack the US Capitol.
Raskin of the House of Representatives Committee on Jan. 6 said during an MSNBC interview Monday that the former president was not only “clearly” guilty of “instigating insurgency,” but also “managed the whole plan.” He said the committee’s work built on evidence presented during Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial and showed that the former president was a “far more central” figure in last year’s Capitol siege.
“Everything that took place during the impeachment trial was based on public statements and public records…for example, Donald Trump’s speech in which he called on the crowd, ‘Fight like hell or you will have no more country,'” said Raskin, the presenter Nicole Wallace. “All of this clearly added up to incitement, as bicameral majorities in both the House and Senate have noted.”
“What we were able to do in the January 6 select committee is interview more than 1,000 witnesses, collect more than a million pages worth of documents and all the details documenting that Donald Trump’s role in these events goes far beyond that was more central than He only instigated them. He really had their back, and none of them would have happened without him.
Raskin recalled that Trump tweeted a request for his supporters to gather in Washington, DC on Jan. 6, 2021, just as Congress was convening for a joint session to confirm President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory .
Jan. 6 select committee chair Bennie Thompson said last week that the committee would make at least “some” criminal referrals to the Justice Department in the coming weeks.
Some experts believe the committee has collected evidence that could be used in a “multiple criminal case” against Trump.
Raskin said during his interview Monday that the committee’s final report would show “in striking detail” that Trump was responsible for multiple crimes, while stressing that he would not go into “details” about “specific defendants.”
“We will be able to show exactly how Donald Trump put the entire plan together in much more vivid and impressive detail in our report,” Raskin said.
“Yes, that was clearly an attempt to interfere in a federal proceeding, but it was a lot of other things as well,” he added. “It was an attempt to overthrow an election, to defraud the public … it was an attempt to shut down the US government.”
Alongside Trump, reports suggest the former president’s associates, such as Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman and Jeffrey Clark, could face prosecution based on the committee’s recommendations.
news week has reached out to Trump’s office for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trumps-jan-6-role-far-worse-incitement-jamie-raskin-says-1766559 Donald Trump’s role on January 6 far worse than incitement, says Jamie Raskin