一月. 6 panelists Schiff, Razkin prod Attorney General Garland to investigate Trump

committee announced that Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, is among the witnesses scheduled to testify at a hearing Monday that focuses on Trump’s effort to spread his lies about a stolen election.

I would like to see the Justice Department investigate any credible allegation of criminal activity on the part of Donald Trump,” Rep说. 亚当·希夫, D-Calif。, a committee member who also leads the House Intelligence Committee. “There are certain actions, parts of these different lines of effort to overturn the election that I don’t see evidence the Justice Department is investigating.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks to announce a team to conduct a critical incident review of the shooting in Uvalde, 德州, during a media availability at the Department of Justice , 星期三, 六月 8, 2022, 在华盛顿.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks to announce a team to conduct a critical incident review of the shooting in Uvalde, 德州, during a media availability at the Department of Justice , 星期三, 六月 8, 2022, 在华盛顿. (美联社照片/亚历克斯·布兰登)

committee held its first public hearing 上个星期, with members laying out their case against Trump to show how the defeated president relentlessly pushed his false claims of a rigged election despite multiple advisers telling him otherwise and how he intensified an extraordinary scheme to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.

Additional evidence is set to be released in hearings this week that will demonstrate how Trump and some of his advisers engaged in amassive effortto spread misinformation, pressured the Justice Department to embrace his false claims, and urged then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject state electors and block the vote certification on Jan. 6, 2021.

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Stepien, a longtime Trump adviser, has kept a relatively low profile compared with many others in the former president’s orbit. He previously served as White House political director and also national field director for Trump’s 2016 运动. Before aligning himself with Trump, Stepien had worked in New Jersey for former Gov. 克里斯·克里斯蒂, a longtime Trump friend turned critic.

代表. 亚当·希夫, D-Calif。, listens as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 攻击美国. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, 在国会山, 星期四, 六月 9, 2022, 在华盛顿.

代表. 亚当·希夫, D-Calif。, listens as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 攻击美国. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, 在国会山, 星期四, 六月 9, 2022, 在华盛顿. (美联社照片/安德鲁·哈尼克)

Monday’s witness list includes BJay Pak, the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta who left his position on Jan 4, 2021, a day after an audio recording was made public in which Trump called him anever-Trumper,” and Chris Stirewalt, the former political editor for Fox News.

The committee members on Sunday also reiterated they would present clear evidence that “多” 共和党议员, including Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa。, had sought a pardon from Trump, which would protect him from prosecution. Perry on Friday denied he ever did so, calling the assertion an “绝对, shameless, and soulless lie.

We’re not going to make accusations or say things without proof or evidence backing it,” Rep说. 亚当·金津格, R-Ill.

Lawmakers indicated that perhaps their most important audience member over the course of the hearings may be Attorney General Merrick Garland, who must decide whether his department can and should prosecute Trump. They left no doubt as to their own view whether the evidence is sufficient to proceed.

代表. 杰米·拉斯金(Jamie Raskin), D-Md。, listens as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 攻击美国. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, 在国会山, 星期四, 六月 9, 2022, 在华盛顿.

代表. 杰米·拉斯金(Jamie Raskin), D-Md。, listens as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 攻击美国. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, 在国会山, 星期四, 六月 9, 2022, 在华盛顿. (美联社照片/安德鲁·哈尼克)

Once the evidence is accumulated by the Justice Department, it needs to make a decision about whether it can prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt the president’s guilt or anyone else’s,” Schiff said. “But they need to be investigated if there’s credible evidence, which I think there is.

代表. 杰米·拉斯金(Jamie Raskin), D-Md。, said he doesn’t intend tobrowbeatGarland but noted the committee has already laid out in legal pleadings criminal statutes they believe Trump violated.

I think that he knows, his staff knows, 美国. attorneys know, what’s at stake here,” Raskin said. “They know the importance of it, but I think they are rightfully paying close attention to precedent in history as well, as the facts of this case.

Garland has not specified how he might proceed, which would be unprecedented and may be complicated in a political election season in which Trump has openly flirted with the idea of running for president again.

代表. Elaine Luria, D-Go。, listens as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 攻击美国. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, 在国会山, 星期四, 六月 9, 2022, 在华盛顿.

代表. Elaine Luria, D-Go。, listens as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 攻击美国. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, 在国会山, 星期四, 六月 9, 2022, 在华盛顿. ((美联社照片/安德鲁·哈尼克)

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No president or ex-president has ever been indicted.

Richard Nixon resigned from office in 1974 as he faced an impeachment and a likely grand jury indictment on charges of bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. President Gerald Ford later pardoned his predecessor before any criminal charges related to Watergate could be filed.

Legal experts have said a Justice Department prosecution of Trump over the riot could set an uneasy precedent in which an administration of one party could more routinely go after the former president of another.

We will follow the facts wherever they lead,” Garland said in his speech at Harvard University’s commencement ceremony last month.

From left to right, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Rep. 亚当·希夫, D-Calif代表Rep. Zoe LofgreD-Calif。if., and Chairman Bennie Thompson, D小姐, listen as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 攻击美国. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, 在国会山, 星期四, 六月 9, 2022, 在华盛顿.

From left to right, 代表. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., 代表. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif。, 代表. 亚当·希夫, D-Calif。, 代表. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif。, and Chairman Bennie Thompson, D小姐, listen as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 攻击美国. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, 在国会山, 星期四, 六月 9, 2022, 在华盛顿. (美联社照片/安德鲁·哈尼克)

A federal judge in California said in a March ruling in a civil case that Trumpmore likely than notcommitted federal crimes in seeking to obstruct the congressional count of the Electoral College ballots on Jan. 6, 2021. The judge cited two statutes: obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy to defraud the United States. Trump has denied all wrongdoing.

The assault on the Capitol left more than 100 police officers injured, many beaten and bloodied, as the crowd of Trump supporters, some armed with pipes, bats and bear spray, charged into the building. At least nine people who were there died during or after the rioting, including a woman who was shot and killed by police.

代表. 杰米·拉斯金(Jamie Raskin), D-Md。, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, 星期四, 六月 9, 2022, following the first public hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, 攻击美国. 国会大厦.

代表. 杰米·拉斯金(Jamie Raskin), D-Md。, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, 星期四, 六月 9, 2022, following the first public hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, 攻击美国. 国会大厦. (美联社照片/苏珊·沃尔什)

Schiff appeared on ABC’s “本星期,” Raskin spoke on CNN’s “联盟的州,” and Kinzinger was on CBS’s “面对民族。”

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