Former White House Counsel Richard Painter Calls for a Special Prosecutor to Hold Trump Accountable for 1/6

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Former White House Counsel Richard Painter Calls for a Special Prosecutor to Hold Trump Accountable for 1/6

Creating in a column for MSNBC, previous White Household Counsel Richard Painter known as for the Section of Justice (DOJ) to appoint a particular prosecutor to maintain previous President Donald Trump accountable for the events of January 6, the day a group of Trump’s supporters attacked the United States Capitol on the untrue premise that the election had been stolen.

Painter writes that Trump violated 18 USC 610 of the federal code, which would make it a federal criminal offense for “any human being to intimidate, threaten, command, or coerce, or endeavor to intimidate, threaten, command, or coerce, any worker of the Federal Governing administration … to interact in, or not to have interaction in, any political exercise.”

Additional than 30 a long time back, then-Sen. Joe Biden argued persuasively that distinctive prosecutors are essential when high-rating officials shatter the public’s religion in the government’s integrity,” Painter writes. “He’s president now, and his legal professional typical, Merrick Garland, has the authority to appoint a particular counsel to examine and prosecute allegations of crimes by Trump and other people, which includes violations of the political coercion statute.”

Painter goes on to include that Garland “not only has that authority, but he also has the obligation” to prosecute crimes committed by the former president.

“Whether a previous president should be prosecuted for allegations which includes coercing political exercise by federal workers or inciting insurrection should not be a political judgment call,” he writes. “A president who fully commited this sort of crimes have to be prosecuted if we do not want these crimes to be repeated by foreseeable future presidents or our agent democracy imperiled.”

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