The Department of Justice will evaluate whether there is a crime in the pressure that Trump exerted to make believe that his electoral defeat was a fraud
Pressured by public opinion and the overwhelming evidence collected by the congressional commission, Attorney General Merrick Garland finally made it official last week that the Justice Department will investigate the acts of former President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021, when a mob of hotheads stormed the Capitol. Garland has now promised that “justice without fear or favor” will be done for anyone involved in the insurrection and does not rule out criminal charges against Trump.
The initiative of the Department of Justice advances in two simultaneous ways, as revealed by the newspaper ‘The Washington Post’. The first focuses on the plot of sedition and conspiracy hatched to obstruct the transfer of power from Trump to his successor, Joe Bien, a charge that has already been filed against several individuals who participated in the assault on Capitol Hill, including two leaders of far-right groups, Stewart Rhodes and Henry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio, leaders of The Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, respectively. Although they did not raid the legislative headquarters, they were involved in planning the coup.
The second track investigates fraud charges associated with a false voter scheme and the pressure that Trump and his allies exerted on the Justice Department and other government agencies to promote the idea of electoral fraud.
Federal prosecutors are preparing for an intense judicial battle, in which they also seek to obtain the testimony of former White House officials in the Trump era, who will surely invoke presidential executive privilege as a legal shield to avoid being forced to testify. . The Public Ministry hopes to anticipate with the issuance of a series of judicial orders to this foreseeable resistance to testify by those loyal to the Republican leader, a movement that reveals a much more aggressive posture than that adopted by the department until now.
It would be a clear indication that the investigation focuses more closely on the figure of the former president and his conversations and interactions with others involved in the coup. Added to all this is the January 6 evidence-sharing agreement between the Justice Department and the Commission, which includes the testimony of at least 20 witnesses and will save prosecutors a lot of time.
Meanwhile, the former president, apparently oblivious to all this legal siege, is once again at the center of controversy thanks to the LIV golf tournament sponsored by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund at his club in Bedminster (New Jersey). The championship has provoked a fierce protest by the families of the victims of 9/11, who accuse the Saudi government of being linked to the terrorist attacks against the Twin Towers, although no investigation has found evidence of that relationship.
Families say the Saudis use the sport to whitewash the kingdom’s dismal human rights record, such as the 2018 murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Hundreds of people have staged protests within four miles of the 500-acre Trump National resort.
The tournament has attracted some of the biggest names in the sport, including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau. Prizes of up to 25 million dollars in cash have been distributed. And if that wasn’t enough, Trump has used the presidential seal as part of his organization’s logos on multiple objects, including golf carts and towels. Federal law prohibits the use of this seal if it could give a false impression of government “sponsorship or approval,” not to mention that Trump is no longer president of the United States.
back to business
Even so, the contest has been a triumph for the Republican leader and marks his return to the business of a sport that he has cultivated for years. Even more so after the unflattering ‘layoff’ by the Professional Golf Association of America (PGA), which canceled its championship at the resort just days after the January 6 uprising.
Proof of the former president’s durability, the tournament marks his re-establishment as a prominent figure in the world of golf, with an added rematch against the PGA. He even took advantage of the inauguration to ask the barons of this sport to turn their backs on the association and go with him.
Trump, who during his 2016 candidacy denounced Saudi Arabia’s role in the 9/11 attacks, quickly struck up an idyll of convenience with the kingdom after his presidential election. A relationship that has been financially beneficial to the family businesses. In any case, it is not clear how much he will earn for this championship. The first matches were relegated to a YouTube broadcast and there is no TV deal. Ticket prices have been reduced from $75 on Friday to the current $3 on the secondary market.
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