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No charges against Trump or allies for inciting DC riot: DOJ officials

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No charges against Trump or allies for inciting DC riot: DOJ officials

2021-01-11 03:46:00

By Dwaipayan

The U.S. Justice Department does not plan on seeking incitement charges against President Donald Trump or any of the others who spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C, just before protesters launched a violent siege Wednesday on the U.S. Capitol that left a Capitol Police officer and four others dead, according to a senior Justice Department official.

Some Democratic lawmakers have suggested that Trump and others should potentially face criminal charges for allegedly encouraging the fatal riot, but on Friday the Justice Department official told reporters that federal investigators are not pursuing such matters.

"We don't expect any charges of that nature," Ken Kohl, a senior prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office in Washington, said.

Federal authorities have already filed charges against more than a dozen protesters who infiltrated the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, and officials are working with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington to investigate the death of officer Brian Sicknick as a result of the melee.

Overnight, in the wake of Sicknick's death, Rep. Rosa Delauro, D-Conn., issued a statement saying that while "the mob who attacked the People's House" must be charged, "those who instigated them" must also be held accountable. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., issued a similar statement, saying that "those who brought about this awful crime must be prosecuted and brought to justice."

Speaking to an agitated crowd just before many in the crowd began marching to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the president and several of his closest allies reiterated baseless claims that the White House was being fraudulently stolen from Trump.

"We're just not going to let" Joe Biden become president, Trump declared. "We're going to have to fight much harder. We're going to walk down to the Capitol, and you have to show strength, and you have to be strong."  

Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. told the crowd, "If you just roll over, if you don't fight in the face of glaring irregularities and statistical impossibilities if you're going to be the zero and not the hero, we are coming for you." On Thursday, the acting U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., Michael Sherwin, declined to rule out charges against Trump and others for their incendiary rhetoric, but his colleague's official comments on Friday suggested that federal investigators would be focusing their efforts elsewhere.

 

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