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Trump risks criminal investigation into assault on Congress – Corriere.it

From Massimo Gaggi

Minister of Justice: All officials must answer

The circle is narrowing around He called on Donald Trump to respond to his responsibilities in an attempt to change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election In politics and perhaps also in the judiciary: for the first time after the parliamentary inquiry into the assault on Congress, The Ministry of Justice also moved towards him. But the ex-president, not at all afraid, teases: not only is he preparing to announce his candidacy for 2024, but, He returned to Washington for the first time in over a year and a halfHe says he will ask once the White House is back Free to fire thousands of ‘unbiased’ public servants.

In a criminal investigation (other than that conducted by the Washington Parliament) on January 6, 2021 riotsThe Justice Department has been collecting items about the then-president’s behavior in those crucial hours since April. last week grand jury The Federal has collected testimony from two close collaborators of then-Trump Vice President Mike Pence regarding the case and Many others have been released summons to court This will force White House officials to testify.

This does not mean that the Biden administration’s Justice Department is prepared to incriminate the former president: it would be a fact unprecedented in American history, with very complex political and legal ramifications, and Trump is sure to present it as a form of persecution on the eve of the midterm elections.

But after months of silence, with Biden accused by the left of being silent about the most serious attack on American democracy ever, these moves indicate that The will of the American judiciary to highlight its investigative activity in the casewithout being limited, as it has so far appeared, to the criminal responsibilities of hundreds of Americans accused of material participation in the invasion of the Washington Parliament.

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This was confirmed by the usually silent Minister of Justice, Merrick Garland, in a television interview on the evening news of the NBCHe said, among other things, that the ongoing investigation into the events of January 6 was “the largest judicial investigation in the entire history of Diyari”. And if rumors circulated in the past about some kind of lack of communication between the criminal investigation of the judiciary and Parliament, Garland now claims that ” he heard The televised congressional investigation showed The truth of what happened and the dangers to our democracy. He added that the ministerial investigation had obtained new elements from them he heard.

When asked by host Lester Holt if he was concerned that the final indictment of a former president would tear the country apart, Garland replied: “We intend to summon anyone criminally responsible for the events of January 6 to respond to their behavior He tried to interfere in the legitimate process of transferring powers from one administration to another.

In short, it’s not certain that Trump’s indictment will come, but pressure on him is growing. Even without putting off the former president, what is happening should prompt Republicans worried about Trump’s increasingly illiberal drift to seek a White House nominee other than Donald. Like Pence, who on January 6 risked being executed by his boss’s fans. Pence now invites us to look forward, but Trump, always obsessed with an electoral defeat he does not want to admit, appears to be preparing to block the path to Leaders who could contend with him for the Republican nomination, from Ron DeSantis to Pence himselfConservative world’s claim to alignment with the (subversive) thesis of “stolen elections”

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Jul 27, 2022 (change on Jul 27, 2022 | 21:52)

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