Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, also a former Republican U.S. senator from Maine, told ‘MSNBC’s Reports’ on Friday that it would be “political” for the Justice Department not to indict former President Donald Trump after the claims made in the House Select First Committee hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Cohen said, “Liz Cheney needs a lot of kudos here. She is a profile in courage. What was most compelling about his comments was that they were understated – sort of Joe Friday, just the facts. I’m going to tell you what the facts are, lay them out for you. I will present it as I could present it to a jury. The jury here is the American people. Then I would say to the Department of Justice. If all the facts are exposed at the end of this process where they file a full report, and the DOJ does not take action, I would say the DOJ then acts politically in the face of overwhelming and compelling evidence for the Department of Justice not to seek to hold accountable the President of the United States and all those who supported him, that to me would be a political statement by the Department of Justice. I understand that justice does not want to appear to prosecute or prosecute the President on the basis of partisanship, but the facts as laid out leave no doubt in my mind.
He added: “In this particular case, if these facts are presented in an extremely compelling and persuasive manner so that the Department of Justice is not seeking some kind of complaint, information or indictment against the former President of the United States, I think would be a political act reacting to what the public sentiment might be there, but not in the materials of what the facts prove.
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