A Harvard law professor whose list of alumni includes President Joe Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland has predicted the Justice Department will seek to indict Donald Trump on criminal charges related to the January 6 attack. against Congress.
Laurence Tribe made the prediction on CNN on Saturday, speaking to host Wolf Blitzer, who asked the professor point-blank if he thought the DOJ was heading in that direction.
“Merrick Garland is a friend of mine and a former student of mine. He’s an honest man, he’s serious, he said he would go to the top if that’s where the evidence points and that’s definitely there. let it point now,” Mr. Tribe said on CNN.
This prediction, while confident in itself, helps illustrate the general air of uncertainty in the legal and political worlds surrounding whether or not Mr. Trump will actually face consequences on Jan. 6. That’s a wide departure from what lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including those on the Jan. 6 committee like Adam Schiff, have been saying; Mr. Schiff publicly expressed concern a week ago that he saw “no indication” that the Justice Department was prosecuting Mr. Trump.
The agency has, meanwhile, charged hundreds of participants in the attack on Congress with various lesser offenses and sought varying degrees of punishment; a handful of far-right activists, including the leader of the Proud Boys, have been charged with more serious charges, including seditious conspiracy.
In recent weeks, the January 6 committee has presented a case for Mr. Trump to potentially face charges of crimes such as seditious conspiracy, as members have proven that the White House was well aware of the likelihood of mass violence. erupt in January. 6 and went all out in their efforts to overturn the election anyway. They also showed how Mr. Trump’s closest advisers, including family members like Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, were against the idea and did not support the fraud allegations pushed by the president whose own Attorney General had told him that they were nonsense.
But the committee does not have the power to issue criminal charges and therefore must rely on the Justice Department and its typical refusal to publicly or privately confirm major developments regarding investigations before they occur. .
A criminal investigation that is definitely underway and could soon turn into an indictment is the effort by Georgia prosecutors, who have convened a grand jury to hear arguments that Mr. Trump improperly pressured state officials in his effort to reverse his loss to Joe Biden. in this state.
The Jan. 6 committee held a surprise hearing last week with explosive testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, assistant to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and is expected to hold at least one more public hearing in the coming weeks.
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