A query many individuals have requested themselves day by day for greater than a 12 months now could be whether or not Donald Trump might be held criminally answerable for making an attempt to overthrow the federal government, and given the entire attempted-coup enterprise, it’s a wholly cheap factor to surprise. Sadly right now, we don’t know what the reply is. On the one hand, Legal professional Common Merrick Garland mentioned final week that the Justice Division will go after the individuals who prompted the lethal revolt, “whether or not they had been current that day or had been in any other case criminally answerable for the assault on our democracy,” which would appear to incorporate the man who spent months mendacity in regards to the election being stolen, after which obtained his supporters all riled up and informed them to “battle” simply earlier than they attacked the Capitol. On the opposite, Trump has an extended historical past of getting away with every part. So there’s that.
Nonetheless, Monday introduced a small glimmer of hope that the forty fifth president may a minimum of be held answerable for the occasions of that horrible day, within the sense that he could need to pay up for what he did.
As Mehta famous, if Trump didn’t imply for his supporters to actually “battle” the election outcomes on the Capitol, as his allies have advised, he had loads of time to inform them to cease. “Wouldn’t any person who’s an affordable particular person say, ‘That’s not what I meant?’” Mehta requested a lawyer arguing in opposition to the revolt lawsuits. As we after all know by now, not solely did Trump not say something for hours as lawmakers on the Capitol got here underneath assault, he even refused pleas, together with from his youngsters, to take motion, solely a lot later telling the rioters to “go residence,“ and in the identical breath, “You’re very particular” and “we love you” and, shortly after that, “These are the issues and occasions that occur when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from nice patriots who’ve been badly & unfairly handled for thus lengthy.” Final Thursday, on the anniversary of the January 6 assault, former White Home press secretary Stephanie Grisham mentioned that Trump “gleefully” watched it unfold on TV, remarking, “Take a look at all the folks combating for me,” and hitting rewind to look at once more. Republican senator Ben Sasse mentioned in an interview days after the assault that the president “was strolling across the White Home confused about why different folks on his crew weren’t as excited as he was.… He was delighted.”