US Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday that “no man is above the law” amid calls from some Democrats to prosecute former President Donald Trump for the Capitol riots.
“This is the most comprehensive and most important investigation the Justice Department has ever conducted,” Garland told reporters about the investigation into an attack on Congress by Trump supporters on January 6, 2021.
“And we have done so because a legitimate election – this attempt to transfer power from one administration to another – cuts to the core of American democracy,” Garland said.
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“We have to get this right,” he insisted. “We have to hold accountable anyone who is criminally responsible for trying to overturn a legitimate election.”
Asked if this also applies to any former president, Garland said: “No one is above the law in this country. I can’t say more clearly than that.”
“In the principles of prosecution, there is nothing in any of the other factors that precludes us from investigating anyone – anyone – who is criminally responsible for attempting to undo a democratic election,” he said. Told.
More than 850 people have been arrested in connection with the 2021 attack on Congress, which came after Trump made a fiery speech to his supporters near the White House, claiming the election was “stolen”.
Most of them have been accused of trying to obstruct an official proceeding – a certification by Congress of Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.
Trump, 76, who has repeatedly indicated he could run for the White House again in 2024, was impeached by the House for the second time in a historic second after the Capitol riot – accused of inciting rebellion was – but was acquitted by the Senate.
A Select House committee investigating the Capitol riots will hold its eighth and final hearing on Thursday and plans to conduct a detailed investigation into Trump’s actions on January 6.
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