US Attorney for DC Is Allegedly Investigating President Trump's Speech for Evidence of a Criminal Act

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Yesterday, President Trump gave a speech to his supporters in Washington, DC. Afterward, a relatively small number of those supporters pushed their way through crowd-control barriers and into the US Capitol. This resulted in a monumental overreaction that cascaded into the brutal and unnecessary shooting of Ashli Babbitt by a Capitol Police officer. Now, the acting US Attorney for the District of Columbia, some functionary named Michael Sherwin, has announced that he will launch a campaign for a full-time job in the Biden Administration by investigating Trump’s speech.

The top federal prosecutor in Washington D.C. said Thursday that President Trump was not off limits in his investigation of the events surrounding Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, saying “all actors” would be examined to determine if they broke the law.

Asked if federal agents and prosecutors will look at the incendiary statements made by speakers at Trump’s rally shortly before a mob of his supporters breached security at the Capitol and wreaked havoc inside, acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said: “Yes, we are looking at all actors here, not only the people that went into the building, but … were there others that maybe assisted or facilitated or played some ancillary role in this. We will look at every actor and all criminal charges.”

Asked specifically if that included President Trump, who had urged the crowd to “fight like hell,” before the rioting began, Sherwin replied, “We are looking at all actors here, and anyone that had a role, if the evidence fits the element of a crime, they’re going to be charged.”

That could also spell fresh legal jeopardy for the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, who also spoke to the crowd, declaring at one point, “let’s have trial by combat,” and declaring he was willing to stake his reputation, and that of the president, on being able to someday find criminality in the 2020 vote count.

The Post article headline, Trump’s remarks before Capitol riot may be investigated, acting D.C. U.S. attorney says, is something of a wild overstatement of what the Sherwin said. Still, the premise is simply corrupt on its face.

Trump’s speech was essentially the stump speech he has given at venues across the country over the last five years. The part “under investigation” is the closing. The video is cued up for your convenience.

blockquote>Our brightest days are before us, our greatest achievements still wait. I think one of our great achievements will be election security because nobody until I came along, had any idea how corrupt our elections were. And again, most people would stand there at 9:00 in the evening and say, “I want to thank you very much,” and they go off to some other life, but I said, “Something’s wrong here. Something’s really wrong. Can’t have happened.” And we fight. We fight like Hell and if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.

Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavors have not yet begun. My fellow Americans for our movement, for our children and for our beloved country and I say this, despite all that’s happened, the best is yet to come.

So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give… The Democrats are hopeless. They’re never voting for anything, not even one vote. But we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.

So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I want to thank you all. God bless you and God bless America. Thank you all for being here, this is incredible. Thank you very much. Thank you.

The idea that this was inflammatory or incitement is just poppycock.

However, it underscores the monomaniacal desire by the media and the political class to not only force President Trump from office (after three coup attempts and a, I believe, fraudulent election) but to ruin him and his family financially and jail them if possible. This is just the first act of a drama that is going to further destabilize and polarize our political life and establish a tradition of the winners of elections putting the losers in jail…or worse. Once that is ingrained, only an idiot would ever agree to leave power.