Donald Trump should be prosecuted, US Capitol Riot Committee says

A panel in the United States House of Representatives has asked federal prosecutors to try Donald Trump for obstruction and insurgency over his role in initiating the… .
That urged the Justice Department to file charges against the former Republican president, including obstructing an official process of Congress, conspiracy to defraud the United States and insurgency.
The request is non-binding but may increase the pressure on prosecutors who carry it out two acts.
Monday’s meeting is likely the last public gathering of a body that has spent 18 months investigating an unprecedented attempt to prevent the peaceful transfer of power by thousands of Mr Trump’s supporters, inspired by his false claims that his election defeat in the 2020 against Democratic President Joe Biden was the result of widespread fraud.

“If we are to survive as a nation of law and democracy, this must never happen again,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, the select committee’s chair, at the start of the meeting.

Meeting participants in a room.

The Democrat-led special committee has asked the Justice Department to indict former US President Donald Trump over the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots. Source: AAP, SIPA USA / USA TODAY network

Thompson criticized Mr Trump for calling the mob to the Capitol nearly two years ago and also slammed the former president for undermining trust in the democratic system.

“If faith is broken, so is our democracy. Donald Trump broke that belief,” said Mr. Thompson.
Mr. Trump has already launched a campaign to secure the Republican nomination for a rerun for the White House in 2024.
The work of the special committee is part of a series of investigations into the insurgency. Five people, including a police officer, died during or shortly after the incident and more than 140 police officers were injured. The Capitol suffered millions of dollars in damage.

“One of the most shameful findings of this committee was that President Trump sat in the dining room next to the Oval Office and watched the violent rioting in the Capitol on television,” said Rep. Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans on the committee.

A jury has already found members of the right-wing Oath Keepers militia guilty of their role in the sedition attack, and a special counsel, Jack Smith, is leading inquiries into Mr Trump’s efforts, his loss and removal of classified documents from the White House.
Mr Trump has grappled with a series of legal issues since leaving office. His real estate company was found guilty on December 6 of carrying out a 15-year criminal scheme to defraud the tax authorities.
Mr Trump has dismissed the many investigations he faces as politically motivated. He says the Democrat-dominated January 6 Committee is biased against him.

“The highly partisan Unselect Committee is illegally leaking confidential information to anyone who will listen,” the former president wrote on his Truth Social platform ahead of the meeting. “How much longer will Republicans and American patriots in general allow this to happen?”

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