Trump Jan 6 actions a “pretty good match” on insurgency statute: ship

A prominent member of the House special committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot said that former President Donald Trump’s actions align “pretty well” with the United States’ riot statutes.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, is one of the six Democrats who make up the eight-member House Select Committee. The group will hold its final public hearing on Monday to vote on criminal referrals based on its findings on how last year’s Capitol riot happened. Trump is widely expected to become a target of these transfers, with sources telling Politico the committee will vote to expel the former president on charges of insurgency, obstructing an official process and conspiring to defraud the US government. Any referrals approved during the hearing will be directed to the Department of Justice (DOJ), which is already investigating Trump’s involvement in the riots.

Schiff appeared on CNN state of the nation on Sunday, where host Jake Tapper pressed him on whether he believes Trump’s actions warrant the reported charges and whether he will vote for them. While Schiff stressed that he could not comment on the committee’s intentions, he said he thought Trump’s actions seemed to fit the bill for criminal charges very well.

“This is someone who tried in a variety of ways to pressure state officials to find voices that didn’t exist,” Schiff said. “This is someone who tried to disrupt a joint meeting, even incited a mob to attack the Capitol. If that isn’t criminal, then I don’t know what is.”

Schiff added that the committee would not consider criminal references for every person against whom they found evidence. Instead, they will go after those against whom they have the most and strongest evidence.

Schiff said he didn’t want to say too much about how he plans to vote Monday, but added that Trump “broke several criminal statutes” and that “he should be treated like any other American who breaks the law, and.” that is you should be prosecuted.”

The congressman also explained the various mechanisms by which a president could be held accountable for an insurgency, including impeachment, the 14th amendment, or criminal charges.

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Above, former President Donald Trump at The Ellipse before the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, said Sunday that Trump’s actions fit the bill for the country’s riot statutes.
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“If you look at the actions of Donald Trump and compare them to the law [for insurrection]it fits together pretty well,” Schiff said. “I realize the law hasn’t been used in a long time, but when have we had a president who essentially instigated an attack on his own government?”

So far, no people have been hit by rioting allegations related to the Capitol riots. As Tapper noted in an interview with Schiff, the most serious charges involved members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right group who have been charged with seditious conspiracy.

news week has reached out to Trump’s representative for comment.

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Rick Schindler

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