After the conclusion of the recent impeachment trial in the United States senate, which voted not to convict Donald Trump, the former President is being furthermore investigated for his alleged part in the January 6th capitol riot.
Top official Michael Sherwin, US attorney for the District of Columbia, confirmed that the former president is still under investigation over the 6 January riot in an interview. Trump instructed his supporters to march to the capitol “peacefully and patriotically” and “fight like hell” at a rally that took place outside of the White House on Jan. 6. Trump’s supporters breached the Capitol to oppose the certification of the electoral votes. Over 100 police officers were injured at the event and one capital police officer, Brian Sicknick, 42, died after being hit with bear spray.
In a recent interview on a television show titled “60 minutes when asked about whether Trump is part of the investigation Sherwin stated, “It’s unequivocal that Trump was the magnet that brought the people to DC on the 6th.” He followed up by saying, “We have soccer moms from Ohio that were arrested saying, ‘Well, I did this because my president said I had to take back our house.’ That moves the needle towards that direction.” Sherwin also stated during the interview that “Maybe the president is culpable”. He also stated that there are more than 400 criminal cases against participants in the capitol riots. And followed up by saying if Brian Sick Knicks cause of death was bear spray that muder charges would likely follow. Sherwin added, “as bad as it was, could have been a lot worse. It’s actually amazing more people weren’t killed. We found ammunition in [one] vehicle. And also, in the bed of the vehicle were found 11 Molotov cocktails. They were filled with gasoline and Styrofoam. put Styrofoam in those, because when you throw those, when they explode, the Styrofoam will stick to you and act like napalm.”
No public officials have been charged with crimes related to the Capitol riot. Prosecutors have focused so far on bringing criminal cases against the rioters who breached the Capitol and against members of extremist groups who are alleged to have coordinated before the attack. Several of the defendants have accused the former President, saying they believed his accusations of election fraud and responded to his call to come to Washington and march to the Capitol to oppose the certification of the election results.
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