(AmericanPoliticalDaily)- Opportunistic lawmakers around the country are likely to turn up the heat on legal cases against Donald Trump now that he is no longer president.
This week, Karl Racine, the attorney general for the District of Columbia, said he was looking into potentially charging Trump and other people who spoke at the now infamous January 6 rally with “inciting violence.” He made those comments on MCNBC’s show “Velshi.”
Ali Velshi, the anchor of the show, said:
“You are considering bringing charges, that’s what the reporting is, against people for inciting this riot.”
In response, Racine said:
“The reporting is accurate. The office of attorney general has jurisdiction over a number of potential offenses, including weapons, ammunition, curfew violations and the one that’s gotten the most attention, of course, is the inciting violence charge. We’ve brought that charge before. It is law in D.C. since 2011.
“It makes illegal the statements of individuals that clearly encourage, cajole and otherwise … get people motivated to commit violence. We’ll balance the First Amendment rights of speakers versus this law and will be judicious with whether to charge and who to charge, but every single person at that rally is being reviewed.”
Racine explained his thinking behind the potential charges as they relate to speakers at the rally for Trump, which was held on the same day a joint session of Congress was to meet to certify the results of the Electoral College. Following the rally, protesters marched to the U.S. Capitol building, then stormed it in what’s now being termed an insurrection.
“If one is talking about combat justice in a crowd that is all amped up and really focused on taking over a particular building, like the Capitol, I think it gets closer to that line. When folks are talking about fighting, fighting, fighting, I think it gets closer to that line. Ultimately, we’re going to have to do a thorough investigation, which is underway, including, I must say, talking to people who were at that rally, talking to people who indeed stormed the Capitol and went inside.
And as for the people the attorney general is likely targeting:
“We’re looking at the president. Of course, you have to be incredibly diligent and responsible whenever you’re going to charge anyone. The president is not above the law. He’s not below the law. I think his conduct prior to the mob storming the Capitol is relevant. I think his conduct during that time and immediately thereafter is also relevant.
“You’ll remember it wasn’t until hours after the Capitol was cleared that the president actually made a statement of contrition and actually chastised and called the stormers rioters. That’s a long time after what everyone saw on their TV was an attempt essentially to undo our democracy. So, we’re going to be thorough, patient and rigorous.”
Now that Trump is no longer in office, lawmakers and other people in power are going to have a less difficult time in their legal pursuits and aspirations against the former president.