WASHINGTON — Lawmakers investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising said Sunday they could provide evidence that Donald Trump tried to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden even though he knew he had lost — one point legal key if he is prosecuted for actions that led directly to violence in the United States Capitol.
Future hearings, including one on Monday, will demonstrate how a succession of advisers also told Trump his claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election were false, Jan. 6 committee members said in a series of appearances. in Sunday broadcasts.
“I think any reasonable person in America will tell you, he must have known he was spreading a ‘big lie,'” Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a member of the Jan. 6 select committee, said in a statement. on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Raskin added, “He continues to stream it to this day.”
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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, told ABC’s “This Week” that the Justice Department should investigate Trump and some of his allies.
“Once the evidence has been accumulated by the Justice Department, it must decide whether it can prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt the guilt of the president or anyone else,” he said.
“But they should be investigated if there is credible evidence, which I think there is.”
Trump’s apparent awareness that he was spreading a lie “says a lot about the president’s accountability,” he said.
Schiff also said future hearings will show “connections” between people in Trump’s orbit and the white nationalist groups that participated in the attacks. He didn’t provide specifics, saying, “I don’t want to go into the details of the evidence, you’ll just have to wait until we get to that point in our hearings.”
Trump’s motives and actual knowledge of his claims would be a key legal issue if prosecutors decide to pursue a criminal case against Trump. Raskin and other committee members said they had not decided whether to formally refer Trump to the Justice Department.
Trump and his allies insist fraud took place and have accused the committee of pursuing a political vendetta.
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Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., one of two Republicans on the committee, said Trump knowingly “spread misinformation” and pressured many officials to do his bidding, from local election officials to Vice President Mike Pence.
“It was about keeping power, against the will of the American people,” Kinzinger said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”
While declining to say whether Trump should be charged, committee members also suggested that Justice Department attorneys were already on the case. Additionally, a grand jury in Atlanta is investigating Trump’s pressure on Georgia election officials to change the election.
While appearing on CNN, Raskin joked that Attorney General Merrick Garland lives in his district and would never “beat” a voter.
“I think he knows, his staff knows, American lawyers know, what’s at stake here,” Raskin said. “They know the significance of it. But I think they are rightly paying close attention to historical precedents as well as the facts of this case.”
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