The House January 6th Committee filed a damning legal brief on Wednesday arguing that Donald Trump violated several laws in his scheme to overthrow democracy and overturn the 2020 election.
Trump repeatedly lied about election fraud after losing to President Joe Biden by seven million votes, including in the red states of Georgia and Arizona. His lies were laughed out of court, even by judges he appointed, at least 60 times.
In desperation, Trump and his supporters tried to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to reject the election results on January 6th, only to then incite his supporters to violently storm the Capitol on January 6th.
More and more information has since been revealed by the House Select Committee, including how Trump watched the unfolding insurrection with glee for hours before letting the National Guard restore order. Several Republicans have also been implicated in the scheme to overthrow democracy.
Now the committee has filed a legal brief containing a strong argument that Trump broke many laws in his desperate coup attempt, several of which they listed specifically, including criminal conspiracy.
“The Select Committee…has a good-faith basis for concluding that the President and members of his Campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States,” Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) wrote, going on to declare that the committee also has “a good-faith basis for concluding that President Trump has violated section 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2).”
Section 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2) is obstruction of an official act of Congress. Counting and certifying the electoral votes on January 6th was an official act of Congress as mandated by the Constitution.
The committee filed the brief as part of their effort to nullify Trump lawyer John Eastman’s frivolous claims of attorney-client privilege.
“The facts we’ve gathered strongly suggest that Dr. Eastman’s emails may show that he helped Donald Trump advance a corrupt scheme to obstruct the counting of electoral college ballots and a conspiracy to impede the transfer of power,” the committee argued.
Trump and his cronies must be indicted by the Justice Department. The DOJ can no longer sit idly by on the sidelines. The perpetrators and ringleaders of the conspiracy to overthrow our democracy and Constitution must face severe consequences. Anything less makes them complicit with the conspiracy.
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