2 Years After January 6 Capitol Attack, Trump Still Hasn’t Been Charged

Most Individuals consider that Trump bears at the least some accountability for the assault on the U.S. Capitol.

Two years after the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol constructing, a number of hundred individuals have been charged (and a few have been convicted) for his or her involvement within the assault — however former President Donald Trump has but to face repercussions for his function within the day’s occasions.

Following his loss within the 2020 presidential election to President Joe Biden, Trump spent weeks wrongly claiming that fraud had led to his defeat. By means of social media and televised interviews, he inspired his supporters to oppose the election end result, and invited them to participate within the “Cease the Steal” rally outdoors the White Home on January 6, 2021, the day the Electoral School was set to be confirmed by Congress.

In a tweet discussing the rally, Trump mentioned that it could be a “wild” time. Then, in an incendiary speech to his loyalists on the rally outdoors the White Home briefly earlier than the assault, Trump repeated lies in regards to the election, wrongly claiming it was “stolen” from him by “radical left Democrats” and “the faux information media.”

He inspired his supporters to “by no means surrender” and “by no means concede,” and advised them to march to the Capitol, including that they may “by no means take again our nation with weak point.” He did so with full information that a few of his loyalists were armed, in keeping with a former White Home aide.

Round 950 people who took half within the deadly attack on the Capitol have been charged, according to an analysis from ABC News. However Trump and his closest allies haven’t been issued any costs to this point.

The Division of Justice (DOJ) is at present investigating Trump for his function within the day’s occasions, in addition to his makes an attempt to coordinate a plot to overturn the 2020 election by undermining the Electoral School by the usage of faux electors.

Trump can also be the topic of an investigation in Fulton County, Georgia, that’s trying into his calls for that officers “discover” him sufficient votes to overturn the 2020 election leads to the state. Trump’s feedback have been recorded and reported on simply days earlier than the January 6 assault.

That investigation, led by Fulton County District Lawyer Fani Willis, is reportedly winding down, with the grand jury starting a proper report of its conclusions final month. Based mostly partly on that ultimate report, Willis will decide on whether or not or to not formally cost Trump with a criminal offense.

For weeks, authorized specialists have been predicting that the investigations into Trump will lead to costs someday this 12 months. The DOJ is “on a path to cost” Trump, former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara mentioned in December. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland), who served on the Home January 6 committee, additionally mentioned he’d be shocked if the DOJ didn’t cost Trump.

“There’s simply deep culpability from the very starting in every part that Donald Trump did,” Raskin mentioned late final month.

Most Individuals agree that Trump is at fault — at the least to a point — for the violence that occurred two years in the past. According to an Economist/YouGov poll published this week, 53 p.c of Individuals consider Trump bears some or quite a lot of accountability for the occasions of January 6, 2021, whereas solely 38 p.c say he’s solely a bit of accountable or bears no accountability for what occurred.