This news was reported on Monday by The Hill.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 18, 2022
Kaine: ‘They have all of the evidence at their disposal’
Several Democrats told The Hill that there is a “good chance” the Department of Justice will want to prosecute Trump, who has been blamed for “inciting” the riot at the Capitol.
To date, Merrick Garland has not specifically said that he plans to prosecute Trump.
Senate Democrats also gave no direct evidence that Garland plans to pursue prosecution, which begs the question of why The Hill was asking Democrats about it.
Still, The Hill reported that Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Tim Kaine said the DOJ could have evidence to prosecute Trump without specifics.
Kaine said, “They have all of the evidence at their disposal,” adding that there are “federal statutes that are very much implicated” by Trump’s efforts to stop the election certification prior to the riot.
“Garland is a sort of by-the-book guy,” Kaine said. “You have prosecutors who will talk about things, kind of give you status reports along the way. But that’s not really the most professional thing for prosecutors to do.”
Kaine continued, “What prosecutors usually do is they analyze all the evidence and then they either file an indictment or charge or they say nothing. If they file an indictment or charge, they let that speak for itself and they don’t editorialize about it.”
Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said of Trump and January 6, that he believes there’s “a lot of evidence that he was complicit” in sparking the riot.
“I think anybody who it’s proven had a role in the planning of (the January 6 attack) should be prosecuted, not just the people who broke in and smashed the window in my office and others,” Brown said.
Merrick Garland Likely to Prosecute Donald Trump | American Briefing https://t.co/HI107IpaG8 The left can’t stand the influence Trump has on his supporters…TDS rules everything they do! This is just another witch hunt! Dems have no shame! Period!😡
— Thomas Paxton (@ThomasP88553085) January 17, 2022
Garland Vows To Prosecute Those ‘At Any Level’
Though Merrick Garland has not said he will go after Trump specifically, the attorney general said that he would prosecute those “at any level” for having a hand in what he called an “assault on our democracy.”
“The Justice Department remains committed to holding all Jan. 6 perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law — whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible,” Garland said.
The House January 6 Committee, which has so far subpoenaed 63 people, has also sent out another round of subpoenas. The latest round includes 20-something podcaster Nick Fuentes and someone named Patrick Casey.
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