Former President Donald Trump could still face at least three charges related to his role on Jan. 6, 2021, according to legal experts.
The case would most likely include charges against others involved in alleged crimes at the Capitol with Trump named as a co-conspirator.
Legal experts see strong potential for Trump charges in Jan. 6 probe https://t.co/EfSJhrhwXT
— Jill Wine-Banks (@JillWineBanks) July 13, 2023
“Trump knew he lost the election but did not want to give up power, so he worked with his lawyers and others on a wide variety of schemes to change the outcome,” a group of former prosecutors and legal experts wrote in the memo published on Just Security.
“Those schemes included creating fraudulent electoral certificates that were submitted to Congress, implicating statutes such as 18 U.S.C. § 371, which prohibits conspiracies to defraud the United States in the administration of elections," it noted.
Our new model prosecution memorandum @Just_Security assesses charges DOJ may bring against Trump for Jan 6
We conclude the evidence likely now meets DOJ standards to commence a prosecution
We think the trial will be a drama in three acts
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— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) July 13, 2023
"When Pence refused, Trump went to his last resort: triggering an insurrection in the hope that it would throw Congress off course, delaying the transfer of power for the first time in American history," the Just Security research report noted.
"This implicated statutes such as 18 U.S.C. § 2383, which prohibits inciting an insurrection and giving aid or comfort to insurrectionists," it added.
The claims come more than two-and-a-half years after the events, with Trump now campaigning to win back his old job.
The report may not actually lead to charges but Trump already faces several legal battles in other areas as he pursues a 2024 White House bid.
Trump currently faces more than three dozen charges related to classified documents found in his Florida home last year during an FBI raid. The case is currently awaiting its first hearing.
The days ahead will certainly include more legal issues for the former president though they have so far not hurt his poll numbers against other GOP rivals.