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Capitol commission recommends criminal charges against Trump

The House of Commons Inquiry into the Capitol Storming on Monday (December 19th) recommended that criminal charges be brought against former President Donald Trump, including for calling for insurrection and conspiring against the US state.

The nine members of the commission – seven Democrats and two Republicans – voted unanimously in favor of these recommendations during a last public meeting, at the end of their 18 months of investigation, during which they questioned a thousand people, reviewed a mountain of documents and held high-profile public hearings.

On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Trump, claiming – wrongly – like him that the 2020 presidential election had been “volley” by Joe Biden, had violently attacked the headquarters of Congress in Washington to stop the certification of the results, shaking American democracy.

Four charges against Donald Trump

“Putting a ballot in the United States is an act of faith and hope”said Monday at the opening of the session the Democrat Bennie Thompson, head of the commission. “This faith in our system is the foundation of American democracy. If trust is broken, so is our democracy. Donald Trump has broken that trust. He lost the 2020 election and knew it, but he chose to try to stay in power”he added.

The number two of the commission, the Republican Liz Cheney, pet peeve of Donald Trump, judged that his actions had shown that he was “unfit” to occupy new public functions. “Anyone who behaves like this at this time can never again hold a position of power in this country”she said.

The four charges recommended by the elected investigators are as follows: calling for insurrection, conspiracy against the American state, obstruction of an official procedure (certification of a presidential election) and false declarations.

Criminal prosecution depends on the Ministry of Justice

These grounds can lead to prison sentences and a ban on holding any public office, as the former president announced that he is re-entering the race for the White House for 2024.

The commission’s vote is largely symbolic, as its members cannot indict the ex-real estate magnate themselves. It will be up to the Justice Department, which has appointed a special prosecutor to independently investigate Donald Trump, to decide whether to prosecute him or not.

At least five people have died in connection with the assault and hundreds have been charged in connection with the violence.


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