The conviction of four “Proud Boys” leaders of seditious conspiracy connected to the January 6, 2021 US Capitol Insurrection now brings up an issue!
Should the government pursue such charges against former President Donald Trump, who certainly, by his words and actions to interfere with the counting of the Electoral College votes, provoked and encouraged the actions of not just these specific individuals, but the thousands of rioters who invaded and caused damage to the US Capitol, and endangered Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and all of the US House and Senate members?
How could any sane person disagree with pursuit of prosecution of the former President, who even now speaks of suspending and destroying the Constitution, and vows retribution and revenge, and pledges pardons of all January 6 seditionists?
The only way to prevent a future situation with another President is immediate action, and severe punishment, so that never again will we have a person like Donald Trump promoting the destruction of American democracy and establishment of an authoritarian government!
There seems to be enough grounds to have Donald Trump prosecuted by the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland for the events leading up to the January 6, 2021 US Capitol Insurrection.
But indictment is the first step, while trial and conviction are much more complicated.
The charges that could be used to indict Donald Trump include:
Obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress, the Electoral College vote by the Vice President of the United States
Seditious Conspiracy against the US government
Conspiracy to defraud the US Government, making fraudulent statements
The first two seem the most likely to move forward, but there is no certainty that such a case would be won in Court, and the Supreme Court, controlled by right wing conservatives, could rule in an appeal in favor of Donald Trump.
But if the thought is that prosecution would not succeed is the ultimate decision, then it sends a message to future Presidents that they can escape accountability.
It would set a standard that there are two systems of justice, so there are ramifications of prosecuting, including political turmoil, but also of choosing NOT to prosecute!