The Attorney General of Washington DC, Karl Racine, is looking into if he can prosecute President Trump over the violence that occurred at the Capitol on January 6th.
“Clearly the crowd was hyped up, juiced up, focused on the Capitol and rather than calm them down or at least emphasize the peaceful nature of what protests need to be, they really did encourage these folks and riled them up,” Racine told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, referring specifically to Trump’s comments last Wednesday to his supporters that, “you’ll never take back our country with weakness.”
“Whether that comes to a legal complaint, I think we’ve got to really dig in and get all of the facts. I know I’m looking at a charge under the D.C. Code of inciting violence, and that would apply where there’s a clear recognition that one’s incitement could lead to foreseeable violence. We still have more investigation to do, and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to work zealously and fully and let the facts lead to where they naturally go,” Racine added.
Racine claimed that his office of legal counsel told him the president can’t be prosecuted while he is in office. The Attorney General said the President only has nine days left in office and his investigation will go well beyond that. Racine said his legal counsel informed him he can prosecute the President after he leaves office.
On Wednesday the House moved to impeach President Trump for the second time claiming he had a role in the violence that took place at the Capitol.
President Trump releaesd a statement on January 13 after reports came out that demonstrations were planned on January 20th.
“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. that is not what I stand for, and itis not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You.”
New Trump statement pic.twitter.com/odgu5xgGV3
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 13, 2021