Donald Trump and the White House were “at the center” of the events that sparked the violent Capitol insurgency last year, and the House Select Committee on January 6 uncovered evidence against the former president “about well more than incitement,” panel member Rep. Jamie. Raskin (D-Md.) said Monday.
The panel “will present evidence from all actors who played a central role in what happened on Jan. 6” in upcoming television hearings beginning Thursday, the lawmaker promised in an interview with Washington Post Live.
Raskin pointed out that Trump had already been impeached for inciting the violence on January 6 of last year, but the required two-thirds of the then Republican-dominated Senate did not vote to convict him. Nevertheless, “dominant majorities discovered that he had, in fact, instigated this insurrection,” Raskin noted.
“But the select committee found evidence of much more than incitement here,” he points out in the video clip below.
Raskin spoke to the Post the same day four Trump-supporting Proud Boys leaders were charged with seditious conspiracy for their role in planning and executing the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
On Sunday, legendary Watergate reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward also linked Trump to sedition, calling him “the first seditious president in our history.”
Raskin told the Post that the Jan. 6 committee “found evidence of concerted planning and premeditated activity.”
“The idea that this was all just a showy display that spontaneously got a little out of control is absurd. You almost don’t overthrow the US government by accident,” he says in the clip below.
Raskin said the committee hearings “will tell the story of a plot to nullify the 2020 presidential election and block the transfer of power.”
This is an extraordinary and unprecedented event in our history,” he added. “You really have to go back to the Civil War to understand something like that. »
Any resulting charges against Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 events will rest with the Justice Department, Raskin noted. But he pointed out that in litigation involving Trump ally and “coup memo” lawyer John Eastman, U.S. Federal District Judge David Carter “said in a ruling that it was “more likely than not” that Trump had committed federal offenses” in his attempts to stop certification of the 2020 election.
Following the committee’s lengthy investigation involving some 1,000 witnesses and review of 125,000 documents, “we believe there is overwhelming evidence of this plan to nullify the 2020 presidential election in coordination with a violent assault on our body,” Raskin noted.
“We’re going to lay it all out there, but prosecutors are going to have to sort it out as it relates to individual defendants…I have confidence in the Department of Justice’s ability to do its job.” »