Trump’s actions on 6 January merit insurrection charges, Schiff says

A member of the House’s 6 January panel said there’s enough evidence to charge Donald Trump with insurrection and other crimes.
Representative Adam Schiff, who sparred with Trump in his role as House Intelligence Committee Chair, said the former president’s actions surrounding the 2021 attack on the Capitol by his supporters are “a pretty good match” for a criminal insurrection charge.
“In terms of the criminal statute, if you can prove that someone incited insurrection, that is they incited violence against the government – or they gave aid and comfort to those who did – that violates that law,” Schiff said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union”.
The House committee plans to meet at 1pm on Monday in Washington to vote on its final report and referrals for criminal charges and other sanctions. That will include votes on recommendations that Trump be prosecuted for insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiracy to defraud the US, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
Referrals are also being considered for several former Trump associates, including his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, legal advisers John Eastman and Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, and Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark.
“We want to focus on those for which we believe there’s the strongest evidence,” said Schiff, a former prosecutor.
‘Kangaroo court’
A spokesman for Trump claimed in an earlier statement that “This kangaroo court has been nothing more than a Hollywood executive’s vanity documentary project that insults Americans’ intelligence and makes a mockery of our democracy.”
Schiff declined to confirm in the CNN interview what charges the panel would vote on, though he’s on the subcommittee that prepared recommendations on charges for the meeting.
He said he believes Trump “violated multiple criminal laws” and questioned why the US Justice Department hasn’t already prosecuted the former president for crimes related to 6 January and his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
“I do worry that it may take until he is no longer politically relevant for justice to be served. That’s not the way it should be in this country,” Schiff said. “I find it hard otherwise to explain why almost two years from the events of 6 January and with the evidence that is already in the public domain why the Justice Department hasn’t moved more quickly.” BM/DM
18 Dec 2022 7PM English South Africa Business News · Business

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