Committee expected to recommend charges against Trump

An indictment against Donald Trump for the January 6, 2021 coup attempt is a step closer. On Monday, a panel is expected to recommend for the first time that the former president be tried for the Capitol takeover. The House of Representatives Committee of Inquiry on January 6 then meets for one of its last acts to adopt the final report.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives had set up the body against opposition from the vast majority of Republicans. Now that they’ve taken control of the big chamber, it’s high time for the Democrats to wrap up the work of the commission.

Since July 2021, lawmakers have examined the attack on American democracy in several spectacular hearings and presented their findings. The panel traced in detail how Donald Trump took different ways to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and at least accepted the storming of the Capitol with approval, if not even planning.

Now, at the latest meeting, another sensational message is to be expected. After this whole process, it is a formality that the committee will recommend criminal charges against former president and new presidential candidate Trump. A subcommittee like this has already come out in favor of this Guardians reported. Trump tried, according to the subcommittee, to disrupt the certification of the congressional election result — knowing he was doing something wrong. According to the subcommittee, Trump acted intentionally, a prerequisite for a criminal conviction.

If convicted, the penalties are severe.

How far will the whole committee go? A fraud charge against the United States is also under discussion. Apparently, some members even want Trump sued for “insurrection.” For this, US criminal law not only provides for a prison sentence of up to ten years, but also a life ban from holding public office. It’s also unclear whether the committee will also recommend charges against Trump employees and aides.

The Committee cannot initiate criminal proceedings independently. But with his decisions, he increases the pressure on Attorney General Merrick Garland, who must make a decision on whether to indict him. The Justice Department has been investigating Jan. 6 for months, but Trump is not yet a suspect.

A special counsel has now taken over the Trump cases. Experienced lawyer Jack Smith seems to be moving quickly with his work. This week he invited election officials from seven states to participate in polls, in which Trump supporters did not recognize the result and wanted to nominate competing voters.

“He is responsible for his actions”

The House of Representatives select committee will not formally decide until Monday whether or not to recommend an indictment. But the opinion of the members of the commission has already been clearly expressed during the hearings. Republican Liz Cheney once summed it up like this: “Donald Trump is a 76-year-old man, not an impressionable child, he is responsible for his actions.” It would be a huge surprise if Cheney, vice chair of the committee and thus ousted from the party in Wyoming and voted out of office, did not now campaign for an indictment of her nemesis.

Trump, who hopes his status as a candidate will shield him from such criminal charges, was able to console himself with yet another success this weekend. On Friday, he sold digital artworks that are also investment items, called NFTs. The images show Trump as a superhero, astronaut and racing driver – in Trump’s words, like baseball trading cards, digital only and better. The action was widely smiled upon. Then, in one day, Trump sold all 45,000 NFTs, raising nearly $4.5 million.

Digital representations of himself have made Donald Trump big money.

(Photo: STF/AFP)

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