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A U.S. congressional committee probing the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot has sought to build a case that then-President Donald Trump behaved illegally while trying to overturn his 2020 electoral defeat. What charges might prosecutors bring against him?

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A U.S. congressional committee probing the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot has sought to build a case that then-President Donald Trump behaved illegally while trying to overturn his 2020 electoral defeat. What charges might prosecutors bring against him?

A U.S. congressional committee probing the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol has sought to build a case that then-President Donald Trump behaved illegally when he sought to overturn his 2020 electoral defeat, but what charges might prosecutors bring against Trump and how might he defend himself?

Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, said Trump dismissed concerns that some supporters gathered for his fiery speech outside the White House that day carried AR-15-style rifles, instead asking security to stop screening attendees with magnetometers so the crowd would look larger.

Ilya Somin, professor of law at George Mason University, said the testimony could "bolster the chances of indicting and convicting Trump, especially insofar as some potential charges hinge on his motives and state of mind."CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE UNITED STATES

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About Half Say Trump Should Be Charged for Role in Capitol Attack: PollThe poll was taken before Tuesday’s surprise hearing featuring former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Half of who? They/Them? And the other half say Trump should not be charged. So there's that. How about hunter computer

Americans split over whether Trump should be charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot: pollViews on the former president's criminal liability break down along party lines, with 86% of Democrats but only 10% of Republicans saying Donald Trump should be charged with a crime. . GOP Then: LOCK HER UP! GOP Now: Don't Lock Us UP! Typical fascists. . Imagine if the J6 events took place in 2017 and it was Hillary refusing to concede, spreading the Big Lie, filing lawsuits, plotting to block the certification of the election and inciting a violent crowd. The GOP has programmed their base to ignore all of their own treachery.

Poll: About half of Americans say Trump should be charged for Jan. 6 Capitol attackA new poll shows that about half of Americans say former President Donald Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in what happened on Jan. 6. It’s pretty simple. Had Trump called Biden to concede and initiate a peaceful transition of power, January 6th never happens and people don’t die. There needs to be accountability. Poll is interesting. Seems to me Trump is either a criminal or not. Why that breaks down by party tells you a lot about our country and beliefs system. I wonder if that means if he were democrat only 20% of democrats think he should be charged. Lock him up! Lock him up! A unpopular opinion from a very unpopular publication. keep peddling BS it's obviously working for you considering you can only get a maximum of 35 likes a post. lol smh.

Nearly half of voters say Trump should be charged for riot at U.S. Capitol: PollAlmost half of American voters feel that former President Donald Trump should be criminally charged for the riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a new survey. You charge what you can prove, not what some poll says Where is the Evidence? 💩💩💩 WRONG!

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com Register The president's efforts likely violated a federal law making it illegal to "corruptly" obstruct any official proceeding, or attempt to do so, said Andrew Carter, the California federal judge overseeing the case. Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, said Trump dismissed concerns that some supporters gathered for his fiery speech outside the White House that day carried AR-15-style rifles, instead asking security to stop screening attendees with magnetometers so the crowd would look larger." And he's not alone. She testified Trump demanded to be taken to the Capitol to join supporters rioting ahead of Pence's expected certification of the vote and tried to grab the steering wheel when his security detail insisted on returning him to the White House. Among Republicans, 68% say he should not be charged and 21% say they don’t know. Hutchinson said the conversation was relayed to her by Tony Ornato, a senior Secret Service official who was Trump's deputy chief of staff for operations. 6. Ilya Somin, professor of law at George Mason University, said the testimony could "bolster the chances of indicting and convicting Trump, especially insofar as some potential charges hinge on his motives and state of mind.

" Trump denied Hutchinson's account in a statement posted on Truth Social, his social media app, and called her story about him grabbing the steering wheel "fake" and "fraudulent. An additional 21% say GOP lawmakers had some responsibility and 30% say they were not responsible. 6." Trump has accused the committee of conducting a "sham investigation." The New York Times and NBC, citing sources in the Secret Service, said the head of Trump's security detail, Robert Engel, and the limousine driver were prepared to testify under oath that Trump never lunged for the steering wheel. Ulysses Bryant, a Democrat from Florida, said while he always believed Trump and the rioters should be charged with a crime, he hadn’t known of the involvement of congressional Republicans until he began to follow the hearings. CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE UNITED STATES In the March 2 filing, the committee said it was likely that Trump and others conspired to defraud the United States, which criminalizes any effort by two or more people to interfere with governmental functions "by deceit, craft or trickery. The change in the share saying Republicans in Congress have a large amount of responsibility was driven mostly by Democrats and independents." In addition to Trump's efforts to pressure Pence, the committee cited his attempts to convince state election officials, the public and members of Congress that the 2020 election was stolen, even though several of his allies told him there was no evidence of fraud. A smaller but still sizeable share -- 42% -- say they watched or listened.

read more According to video testimony shown on Tuesday by the committee from Kayleigh McEnany, Trump's White House press secretary at the time, Trump was so enraged by then-Attorney General Bill Barr's interview with the Associated Press saying there was no evidence of election fraud that Trump threw his lunch at the wall, breaking a porcelain dish and leaving ketchup dripping down the wall. SEDITIOUS CONSPIRACY? Prosecutors already have charged more than a dozen members of the far-right Proud Boys and Oath Keepers groups who were at the Jan. The public hearing phase of their investigation is meant to put all of that investigative work on display to the American public in an effort to create a historical record of what occurred. More: Ex-White House aide: Rep. 6 riot with seditious conspiracy, a rarely used statute that makes it illegal to overthrow the U.S. 6 committee unveiled criminal activity by former President Trump and members of his inner circle, says Lisa Graves, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General during the Clinton Administration. government by force. 6 attack on the U.

read more 1/3 A supporter of U. More Democrats than Republicans also say they tuned in, 58% to 27%.S. President Donald Trump attends a rally organized at the White House ellipse to contest the certification by the U. Kathlyn Keller, a retired investment banker from San Francisco, is one of the GOP voters who has tuned into the hearings and still believes Trump holds no responsibility for the events of that day. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) AP The nine-member panel , comprising seven Democrats and two Republicans, has worked for the past year to investigate the chaos at the Capitol.S. Congress of the results of the 2020 U. Trump “absolutely shouldn’t be charged with anything,” she told AP.

S. Disclaimer. presidential election at the Washington Monument by the White House in Washington, U. Regardless of public opinion about Trump's likely criminal involvement, lawmakers continue to face a stark reality: While they can investigate Jan.S., January 6, 2021. But there are clear signs in recent weeks that the Justice Department appears to be escalating its probe of pro-Trump efforts to overturn the 2020 election. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo Read More To prove seditious conspiracy, prosecutors would need to show Trump conspired with others to use force, said Barbara McQuade, a law professor at the University of Michigan and a former federal prosecutor.

"While her testimony is consistent with that theory, it does not alone establish it," McQuade said. Last week, authorities searched the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark, who was known at the Justice Department to champion Trump’s false claims of election fraud. OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE At the end of Hutchinson's testimony, Representative Liz Cheney, a Republican, presented possible evidence of witness tampering and obstruction of justice. Cheney showed messages to unidentified witnesses advising them that an unidentified person would be watching their testimony closely and expecting loyalty. And Republicans in two other states — Michigan and Pennsylvania — disclosed they had been interviewed by the FBI. If the committee has evidence that the people who sent the messages had a "tacit understanding" with Trump, prosecutors could use it to show there was a conspiracy to tamper with witnesses, said Daniel Medwed, a law professor at Northeastern University in Boston. "They were setting the table for witness tampering and likely have other witnesses coming in to nail that down," he said.S.

The fact that Cheney did not identify the sender of the messages suggests it may be "more of a shot across the bow to get the person to knock it off," McQuade said. TRUMP'S DEFENSE? Trump has repeatedly denied doing anything illegal in connection with the Jan. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4 percentage points. 6 events. If the Justice Department brings charges, prosecutors' main challenge will be proving that Trump acted with corrupt intent, experts said. Copyright AP - Associated Press. Trump could argue he sincerely believed that he won the election and that his well-documented efforts to pressure Pence and state election officials were not meant to obstruct Congress or defraud the United States, but to protect the election's integrity.

Hutchinson's account could make it more difficult for Trump to assert this defense, Medwed said. "Prior to (Tuesday's) disclosures, the biggest hurdle to charging Trump related to mental state: to proving that he intended to obstruct an official proceeding or to agree with others to defraud the U.S. or foment rebellion," Medwed said. "(Tuesday's) testimony offered powerful circumstantial evidence that it was his intent to do those things.

" DOES THIS MEAN TRUMP WILL BE CRIMINALLY CHARGED? No. Neither Carter nor the committee can charge Trump with federal crimes. That decision must be made by the Justice Department, led by Attorney General Merrick Garland. The department is conducting its own sprawling investigation of the Jan. 6 events, but has not signaled whether it intends to indict Trump, a decision that could have enormous political consequences as Trump weighs another run for the presidency in 2024.

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