“We must hold anyone criminally responsible for trying to undermine legitimate elections,” Garland told reporters. Asked if that principle applies to Trump, he replied, “No one in this country is above the law.” “I couldn’t be clearer,” he said. “No matter who is criminally responsible for attempting to subvert a democratic election, nothing in the principles of criminal investigation or elsewhere prevents us from doing so.”
Garland is leading the federal prosecutors’ office leading the “largest judicial investigation ever” into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. Thousands of Trump supporters, who lost the presidential election to Joe Biden, stormed the House of Representatives in Washington after the then-president’s State of the State address. 5 people were killed in the riots.
More than 850 people have been arrested so far. Most of them have been prosecuted for obstructing official proceedings: Congress will ratify the results of the day’s elections.
After Trump’s term ended, the House of Representatives began impeachment proceedings. Although 57 out of 100 senators eventually found him guilty of inciting riots, the required two-thirds majority was not met and he was subsequently acquitted.
The delegation has been investigating the attack on the Capitol since July last year. Another public hearing will be held on Thursday that will focus on Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021. In his final report, he may recommend to the judiciary whether or not to indict the former president.