July 3, 2022

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Was the sixth of January a coup? Everything we know about the attack on Congress- Corriere.it

From Giuseppe Sarsina

Congressional and FBI investigations yielded many answers and led to hundreds of indictments. Now they will investigate the possible responsibilities of Donald Trump

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Washington – Evidence, documents and witnesses. But we still don’t have definitive answers to the main questions On the January 6 attack. We start with the most important: there was A plan agreed with the White House? Was it a sabotage maneuver conceived by Donald Trump, or did the situation spiral out of control even for the former president? There are two lines of investigation. On the one hand, the investigative work of the FBI and the judiciary. On the other hand, the paraphrasing of facts and political context by the House Committee formed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on June 24, 2021. Nine Representatives participate: seven Democrats and two Republicans, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, who have distanced themselves from the leadership’s planned boycott Trumpism.

1) At what stage are judicial investigations taking place?

On Friday, December 31, Washington Attorney General Matt Graves assessed the results achieved so far. On January 6, 2021, a crowd of at least 30,000 people listened to Trump’s rally first and then marched to Capitol Hill. We can say, from first-hand experience, that among the protesters there was everything: Trump supporters are angry, but harmless and annoying organized groups, equipped with helmets, flak jackets, sticks and stinging spray. The FBI estimated that about 2,000 combatants actively participated in the Congressional attack. The focus was on three lineups: the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and most recently the 1st Praetorian Amendment. The riots resulted in the killing of a policeman and four demonstrators.

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2) Were there convictions?

Attorney Greaves stated that currently, 725 people have been indicted on various charges. Of these, 225 will have to respond to the assault or resistance of a public official; 75 had life-threatening weapons with them. More than 140 officers were wounded. About 165 defendants confessed to various crimes. Currently, the courts have sentenced 70 people: 31 in prison; 18 under house arrest; 21 under watch.

3) What are the political complications?

Today, the Minister of Justice, Merrick Garland, will publicly explain how the criminal investigation will proceed. Most likely he will repeat that the judges will deal with him. In other words: they will check the responsibilities of Trump, his ministers, and his advisers. In parallel, the investigation room, which has already collected a copy of 300 witnesses and examined 35,000 documents, is moving in, though Lawsuits brought by Trump’s lawyers He refused to cooperate with characters like Strategist Steve Bannon And former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. The commission has mobilized 40 professionals who are exploring three paths: the possible links between the most violent parties and the organizers of the marches. the link between these field organizers and the former president’s advisors, including parliamentarians; The role of the White House, that is, the role of Trump and his family.

4) What is Trump’s role?

And here we are at the crucial point. All investigative activities have at some point knocked on the doors of Mar-a-Lago, the residence of the former president. Trump escaped accountability thanks to a Senate Republican vote on February 13, 2021. But rebuilding the facts leaves no room for doubt: the White House leader encouraged the attack. The parliamentary committee distributed emails and text messages sent by the president’s advisers, including his son Donald Jr., asking everyone, including Ivanka Trump, to stop the riots with a public appeal. Trump did so very late, when the Capitol was now at the mercy of real militiamen and other hideous presences, such as shamans. There are many aspects that need to be clarified. For example, Trump for hours ignored the request, which at one point became a call, to send reinforcements. The committee will present a final report in the coming months. It is very likely that he will recommend that the Department of Justice sue the former president for ignoring his first duty: to ensure the security of national institutions. Adding to this was that, after January 6, he continued to harass state officials for sabotaging the election result.

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