According to the Washington Post, there are indications that the ex-president could be prosecuted. Trump meanwhile again hints at a candidacy for 2024.
After the US Congress' committee of inquiry published numerous revelations about the behavior of former President Donald Trump in connection with the storming of the Capitol, the US Department of Justice should now also deal more closely with the circumstances. This is reported by the Washington Post newspaper. The question is whether Attorney General Merrick Garland could take criminal action against Trump. Critics accuse him of being too hesitant to proceed.
The newspaper, citing anonymous sources, reported that prosecutors spent hours questioning witnesses before a grand jury about meetings Trump chaired in December 2020 and January 2021. A grand jury is called in to review evidence in possible crime cases and decide whether to press charges. It had previously been assumed that these investigations were primarily related to Trump allies such as Rudy Giuliani, the newspaper continued. But prosecutors are obviously more interested in Trump's actions than expected.
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In addition, Justice Department investigators received phone records from key Trump administration officials as early as April, the newspaper wrote. The Department has not yet launched an official criminal investigation into Republican Trump over the events surrounding the 2020 presidential election and the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Donald Trump attacks committee of inquiry
Trump had been heavily incriminated by numerous witnesses at public hearings by the Capitol attack committee in recent weeks. The body itself cannot take legal action - this is the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice. "We intend to hold accountable anyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6 or for any attempt to obstruct the lawful transfer of power from one government to another," Attorney General Garland said Broadcaster NBC asked whether there were also investigations into Trump in the room.
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Meanwhile, at his first public appearance in the capital Washington since leaving office, Donald Trump attacked the committee of inquiry that is currently investigating the storming of the Capitol and is particularly targeting the role of the ex-president and his staff. Trump said: "Everything this corrupt establishment does to me is to maintain their power and control over the American people. They want to harm you in some form. They really want to harm me so that I stop working for you guys can. And I don't think that's going to happen."
Maybe we just have to do it again
Trump delivered his speech at a conference at the America First Policy Institute - a think tank set up by former election officials to advance Trump's policies. He has accused the current US administration of failure. "Quite simply, we made America great again," Trump said. "But now our country has literally been brought to its knees - and who would have thought that could happen," said the Republican during a policy speech.
Trump again only spoke indirectly about a possible renewed candidacy in the presidential elections in 2024: "Maybe we just have to do it again," said the ex-president after speaking about his election victory in 2016 and again claiming that he also had the choice won in 2020. To this day, Trump refuses to acknowledge his defeat by Biden and also spoke of electoral fraud in his speech in Washington.
Since his deselection, Trump has repeatedly flirted with a renewed candidacy and fueled speculation. A second term as president in the USA is also possible if the two periods do not follow each other directly. Trump would be 78 years old when elected in just over two and a half years.
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