Jill Wine-Banks said the “best” crime Trump could be charged with could be rebellion or insurrection.
Wine-Banks said the penalty for such an offense would prevent Trump from returning to office.
She added that he could also be charged with other crimes, such as witness tampering.
Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks said accusing former President Donald Trump of rebellion or insurgency would bar him from holding political office again.
During an appearance on MSNBC on Friday, Wine-Banks was asked if she thought Trump would at least be charged with obstruction of justice. She suggested that one of the “best” crimes to charge the former president with is rebellion or insurrection, an offense under Title 18 of the U.S. Code, Section 2383.
“I think it would be awful not to act on what is now blatantly obvious to anyone watching the hearings,” Wine-Banks said.
She noted that, unlike a charge of seditious conspiracy, a charge of rebellion or insurrection would bar the convict from “remaining federal office again.”
Wine-Banks called the punishment “a more important goal than jailing the former president.”
She added that Trump could face several other charges based on testimony presented during the January 6 hearings.
“There is, of course, obstruction of Congress, obstruction of justice, witness tampering, so many things based solely on the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson,” Wine-Banks said.
In April, Wine-Banks said she believed Trump’s potentially criminal actions on January 6 could be “incalculably worse” than those of former President Richard Nixon.
She also joined the likes of former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney in commenting on how Trump could face criminal charges. Mulvaney, for his part, claimed the Jan. 6 panel may have evidence that could lead to Trump being charged with obstruction of justice.
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