The Justice Department is under increasing pressure to bring charges against former President Donald Trump for having a connection with the brutal assault. The congressional panel looking into the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, closes up its first set of open hearings this week.
Trump summoned a mob to Washington DC and incited a violent attack on the democracy.
Over 800 Trump supporters took part in the disturbance. The Justice Department prosecuted the supporters, and more people connected to the conspiracy are still in question.
But it’s still unknown if the department will take the extraordinary step of indicting a former president in light of a committee’s recommendations.
That does not mean that Trump is not subject to legal repercussions. Republican Representative Liz Cheney, vice chair of the nine-member committee in its first live hearing on June 9, vowed to present proof that the former president was behind a “sophisticated seven-part plan to overturn the presidential election and prevent the transfer of presidential power.”
The bipartisan group, composed of seven Democrats and two Republicans, presented its conclusions from more than 1,000 interviews and more than 125,000 documents throughout seven meetings.
With all the evidence available, Trump still refuses the allegations saying that the hearing has left no room for witness examination.
The documents showed a losing president obsessed with retaining power that he falsely claimed that elections were false. Despite the advice from his associates, Trump pushed the Justice Department to support his falsehood.
He pressured officials in the pivotal states to flip the votes to his favor by pressuring Mike Pence, his vice president, and encouraging the mobs of his supporters to gather at the Capitol.
When considered collectively, the committee’s conclusions seem to amount to a scathing condemnation of Trump’s behavior, giving the appearance that the group has produced all the material required by the prosecution to bring an indictment against the former president.