Democratic leader says AG may look at Trump in Capitol riot probe

Sen. Dick Durbin, a top Democrat, appears on ABC's 'Powerhouse Politics.'

2/25/2021 3:52:00 AM

Sen. Dick Durbin says he believes Pres. Biden’s nominee for AG could look into conspiracy charges surrounding former Pres. Trump's potential involvement in the Capitol riot probe.

Sen. Dick Durbin, a top Democrat, appears on ABC's 'Powerhouse Politics.'

US Capitol riots: Tracking the insurrectionOn Jan. 6, rioters coming from a pro-Trump rally broke into the U.S. Capitol, resulting in deaths, injuries, arrests and vandalism.Al Drago/APSenate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he believes President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general could look into conspiracy charges surrounding former President

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Donald Trump's potential involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.“Certainly we know that the activities of this group, this mob, this insurrection are being held to account by the Department of Justice, over 200 have been arrested and 500 under investigation,” Durbin told Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein on ABC’s

“Powerhouse Politics” podcastWednesday.In his Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing on Tuesday, attorney general nominee Merrick Garland told senators he plans to pursue leads “wherever the investigation takes us,” in response to a question from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., encouraging Garland to look “upstream” for connections.

Durbin said he interpreted Garland’s answer as not ruling out any potential players involved in the violence on Jan. 6.MORE: Trump's role in Jan. 6 siege looms over business of Washington: The Note“So as of the event, and everything that followed, there's an active investigation, been described as one of the most historic and complex investigations in the history of the Department of Justice, just to put it into perspective. But I took that upstream question to mean… what happened, what preceded this event? What planning? What type of conspiracy, if there was one? What was it that led to this and the different groups that seem to merge together on that day?” Durbin said.

Regardless of the investigation and potential criminal charges against Trump, which Durbin told Karl and Klein he didn’t feel comfortable making predictions about, he said he believes Trump will be held responsible.“I think morally, politically, historically," Durbin said."I think what I've read so far, there is clarity in connecting President Donald Trump with provoking and inciting that mob to its violence.”

Durbin, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that he'd like to see the 9/11 style commission being pursued to investigate Jan.6. focus on a rise in domestic terrorism.“I think we're gonna follow the model with the 9/11 commission,” he said."I think we ought to follow that model, and it'd be a good one.

“What are we doing about this rise in domestic terrorism? I have been pushing this issue long before January 6, because I can see it happening in Charlottesville and many other places, where groups inspired by white nationalist, white supremacist and far-right leanings, were becoming more militant and brazen in their activity,” he added.

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Karl asked Durbin about his view of Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, and his announcement that he would vote against Neera Tanden, Biden’s pick to direct the Office of Management and Budget.Leigh Vogel/APSen. Joe Manchin speaks during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the nomination of Rep. Debra Haaland to be Secretary of the Interior on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 24, 2021.

MORE: Biden's 1st 100 days live updates: Biden facing 1st potential nomination defeat“With a 50-50 Senate, any person can stop the train,” Durbin said. “And in this situation, Joe, if he hasn't stopped that he slowed it down, because the White House and supporters of Neera Tanden have to find a Republican vote to replace him." He added that Tanden's confirmation is"still within the realm of possibility.”

Durbin said there must be outreach from the White House to members of the Senate as the process of confirming Biden’s nominees goes forward. He noted that the pressure was on for Biden to prove his negotiating skills, but that the White House is still in “startup mode.”

Ting Shen/Reuters, FILENeera Tanden speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., Feb. 9, 2021.“They are also in the startup mode, and a new president right off the bat has to show his skills in dealing with Congress to put together his team, his Cabinet...I have asked in the most general way, whether some of these Republicans were consulted. And the White House has said it'd become increasingly difficult to get through the staff to the member,” he said.

MORE: Votes on Neera Tanden nomination to OMB postponed amid bipartisan opposition“So I don't know where the blame lies. But I will just say, the bottom line is this. There has to be an outreach by the White House to every senator who could conceivably support their nominees and an offer to discuss it. That is just basic Senate 101. And I hope that if it hasn't happened to this point, it will from this point forward,” he added.

Manchin also said he does not support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, which is currently a part of Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Durbin said passing the wage increase will be a difficult fight, but one that is overdue.“If it is permitted in the reconciliation bill, I hope that debate goes forward. I'm not suggesting that it's going to be easy. In fact, it may be a problematic issue. But we shouldn't walk away from this,” Durbin said.

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Follow the StopTheSteal money I want to know when representative Mike Nearman is going to be prosecuted for opening the door to the capital building land inviting the insurrectionists to come in! If Durham doesn’t prosecute FBI agents and inform us on high level Democrats, that was in on this Russia, scam, that was designed to bi-pass our democracy in 2016, to oust a sitting President, this would mean there’s a secret government.

is this lying journalist on your books ? Of course, but now is not a good time to bring it up. It would be nice to get as many votes as possible, then prosecute the traitor. well at least Durbin has the appropriate first name! U think we know “Could?” “Should” is the correct word. Well i fired the sheriff for sending it back and i fired the state cop for not delivering.

😂😂😂 what a bunch of 🤡🤡! Trump should be charged with insurrection. 🎯 No shit dick! 💯 Like they didnt want anything from anyone. Any AG should look into this biggest attack on our lawmakers and Democratic processes and the investigation should go wherever the evidence takes them. If this doesn't happen, it's an invitation for traitors to try to overthrow a democratically elected government again.

It’s just so obvious that this insurrection goes all the way to the top level of USA: Trump’s replacement of top-official at Pentagon with his loyalists, the pre-meeting the night before at Trump Hotel, the people around Trump and their words and actions in the weeks before etc He can believe something all he wants but DoJ won’t bring a base unless they’ve got solid evidence. All we can do is wait and see what happens.

Biden will leave that decision up to his AG once confirmed. Biden and Harris are busy, bringing back the soul of America. Better process that grammy on the return. Heck yeah that guy just thinks he is unstoppable ridiculous..he is just another man who needs to be held accountable for any and if all crimes.

Another valuable way to spend money. draintheswamp Dont do stupid... Hey you guys... . Would love to see it play out in an actual court as a criminal case. Yes and we have to fight for term limits Peacefully walk down toward the capitol we have to petition the government to use established traditional election laws

Should. Start reporting on CuomoCoverup God I hope so 🤞🤞 In realety from 4time you are bankrott for cocaine in swiss enall other is mi And the 9/11 style commission if form should too. This guy is a real P**** These people cannot function without Trump 😂 On this time have on justment e crime for brock him for not lock the money from mi

Perhaps investigate Hunter Biden. Good and GOPLeader also As he should. Liberty is kz danze Yeah, like a functional AG and DOJ that looks into and charges crimes where they find them, not a dep’t of no justice criminals abusing power and screwing the US and Constitution! YES!!!! Get 'em Dick. As he well should