Those who believe Trump is responsible for the storming of the Capitol were disappointed when the Democrats failed to impeach him in connection with the incident. But now, the federal prosecutor who led the investigation into the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol building might have given former President Donald Trump’s enemies some hope.
During an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” Michael Sherwin, who headed the original investigation into the riot, intimated that the former president could be “culpable” for the part he supposedly played in the incident. He said it was “unequivocal” that Trump was “the magnet that brought the people to D.C. on the 6th” before a number of his supporters attacked the building.
“Now the question, is he criminally culpable for everything that happened during the siege, during the breach?” Sherwin noted.
“We have plenty of people — we have soccer moms from Ohio that were arrested saying, ‘Well, I did this because my president said I had to take back our house,'” he explained. “That moves the needle towards that direction. Maybe the president is culpable for these actions.”
However, the prosecutor did add a caveat to this theory. He also pointed out that two militia members who participated in the brouhaha indicated they believed Trump wouldn’t go far enough. Sherwin said these individuals complained, ” ‘You know what? We did this because Trump just talks a big game. He’s just all talk. We did what he wouldn’t do.’”
Host Scott Pelley asked, “In short, you have investigators looking into the president’s role?”
“We have people looking at everything, correct,” Sherwin answered. “Everything’s being looked at.”
Sherwin was leading the Justice Department’s probe into the riot until last Friday. More than 400 defendants have been charged for participating in the incident.
Many – including myself – observed that while Democrats and their close friends and allies in the activist press were gung-ho on trying to convict Trump during the impeachment trial, none of them called for criminal proceedings to be leveled against him. Indeed, there was no widespread movement calling for his arrest and conviction. This is likely because they know they could never win an indictment against Trump for inciting violence, which is a felony.
This is an indicator that despite what Sherwin implied, the DOJ is likely not pursuing a criminal case against President Trump. The fact that he never actually called on his followers to engage in political violence would be a tremendous obstacle to overcome. Moreover, the authorities have already established that the violence was planned before Trump ever gave the speech Democrats blame for the riots that broke out.
To put it simply, people on the left should probably refrain from getting their hopes up. Otherwise, they will be facing yet another disappointment.