Assault on the Capitol: Inquiry Committee Report to Be Filed Wednesday

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Capitol Assault: Investigative Committee Report to Be Filed Wednesday

At the call of President Trump, thousands of supporters marched to the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021 to prevent Congress from certifying the victory of Joe Biden.

After months of hearings, hundreds of witnesses, and tens of thousands of documents, the U.S. House of Representatives Investigative Committee into the January 6, 2021 Assault on the Capitol Building must give his final testimony on Monday. On Wednesday, members of this bipartisan committee will table their final report, which may contain recommendations for the filing of criminal charges against former President Donald Trump.

According to information from CNN, said document would suggest that the Department of Justice file at least three charges against the former occupant of the Oval Office, including for insurrection, obstruction of official process and conspiracy to defraud. the federal government.

For Rafael Jacob, associate researcher at the Raoul-Dandurand Chair at the University of Quebec in Montreal, the burden of proof for the rest of things is found on the side not of the committee but rather of the Department of Justice.

Indeed, says Mr. Jacob, the committee learned much more about the unfolding of the day when thousands of supporters of the former president, fired up by a speech from this last, invaded the Capitol to stop certification of Joe Biden's presidential victory and possibly to kidnap and kill congressmen, including Vice President Mike Pence.

The Commission of Inquiry into the Capitol Storm is expected to formalize its recommendation tomorrow that the Department of Justice file criminal charges against Donald Trump. The committee will hold its final day of public hearings, the culmination of an investigation that lasted a year and a half. Report by Jean Philippe Hughes.

Thus, the members of this committee with a Democratic majority recreated the history and traced the chronological order, all in a relatively exhaustive way, and this, for months, with hundreds of testimonies, indicates the researcher.

Mr. Jacob thus considers that it is very plausible that we ask Justice to act.

However, once the report has been filed, we must ask ourselves why Justice would need an additional document which would detail the actions of the ex-president before taking concrete action, indicates the researcher.

“I've been saying this for over a year: If the Department of Justice hasn't had enough material, he says, to drag Donald Trump to court, I fail to see how one more day or one more report from this committee is going to change anything. »

— Rafael Jacob, associate researcher at the Raoul-Dandurand Chair

According to Mr. Jacob, the most damning evidence of criminal interference in the 2020 election is that famous appeal by Trump to the Secretary of State of Georgia [ responsible for supervising election activities].

The Washington Posthad indeed published, on January 3, 2021, extracts from this call between the future ex-president and Brad Raffensperger, where Mr. Trump asked him to find the necessary ballots to catch up with his Democratic opponent. /p>

All I want is this: I just want to find 11,780 votes, one more than we need. Because we won the state, Mr. Trump had said, among other things.

If this recording, made without the knowledge of the former president and lasting more than 90 minutes, is not sufficient proof for American justice to act, I to see what we could reveal [more] to lay charges, also declares Rafael Jacob.

Similar story for the political columnist Valérie Beaudoin, who judges that the only power of the report and the inquiry committee is to exert political pressure.

And this pressure applies very broadly to the Department of Justice, she said.

Merrick Garland [the Attorney General, Editor's note] will have an extremely difficult job. Are we going to charge a former president with a criminal act? This will be to be seen in the coming months.

If charges were indeed laid, it would be a first in American history. Charges had been recommended against Richard Nixon for the Watergate affair, but the ex-president had resigned before and his successor had offered him a presidential pardon.

The political situation is particularly tense in the United States: despite his loss of popularity, particularly after many of the candidates he had supported broke their teeth in the midterm elections, Donald Trump remains very influential with his base and a good proportion of the Republican Party.

In fact, he is already a candidate for the nomination Republican for the 2024 presidential election and has never ceased to falsely cry out about the theft of the 2020 election or to claim that he is the victim of a witch hunt. /p>

Another stumbling block in sight for the Biden administration and its Department of Justice: By early 2023, the House of Representatives will come under the control of the republicans. The investigation into the Capitol riot is over, then.

With information from Jean-Philippe Hughes

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