Storming of the Capitol: the American Minister of Justice does not rule out an indictment of Trump

Storming of the Capitol: the American Minister of Justice does not rule out an indictment of Trump

The US Attorney General insisted on Wednesday that “no one is above the law” regarding the judicial inquiry into the assault on Congress in Washington on January 6, 2021.

Former US President Donald Trump. JEENAH MOON / REUTERS

The US Attorney General insisted on Wednesday that “no one is above the law” as Democrats push for the indictment of Donald Trump in the investigation into the Capitol assault. Merrick Garland is leading federal prosecutors who are conducting ‘the largest investigation the Justice Department has ever conducted,’ he told reporters of the judicial inquiry into the assault on Congress in Washington, January 6, 2021.

That day, thousands of supporters of Donald Trump had attended a fiery speech by their president, beaten at the ballot box but claiming the opposite, before marching towards Congress and invading it. Since then, the question of the legal responsibility of Donald Trump has arisen. “We must hold accountable anyone who is criminally responsible for trying to overturn a legitimate election,” the Democratic minister told reporters.

“No one is above the law in this country”

Asked about the possible application of this principle to a former president, Merrick Garland said that “no one is above the law in this country. I can’t be clearer than that.” “Nothing prevents us, in the principles of criminal prosecution or elsewhere, from carrying out an investigation into anyone, anyone, who is criminally responsible for an attempt to overthrow a democratic election”, a- he added.

More than 850 people have been arrested in connection with this massive investigation into the assault on Congress. Most of them were charged with obstructing an official process: the certification, by congressmen that day, of the election of Joe Biden.

Donald Trump, 76, who openly flirts with a new presidential candidacy in 2024, was, following January 6, impeached for inciting an insurrection by the House of Representatives in an impeachment procedure, blocked in fine by the Senate.

On the parliamentary level, a congressional commission of inquiry is carrying out its own work and must complete a series of public hearings on Thursday, this time devoted to the actions of Donald Trump on the day of the assault. At the end of its work scheduled for the fall, this commission could recommend to the Ministry of Justice whether or not to indict the former president.

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