3. The Capitol Riot Case
Trump’s alleged role in the violent incident that took place at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, is under scrutiny from several federal government bodies. The former president and some of his associates devised a multipart plan to hold onto power and stop the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s election victory.
A congressional committee that spent a year and a half looking into Trump’s actions has been gathering most of the evidence so far. They held several televised hearings where they showed how Trump’s fraud claims led directly to the attack on the US Capitol.
Following these hearings, the committee accused the former president of, among other crimes, inciting insurrection. The justice department is conducting a separate criminal probe into the Capitol riot case, but this has mostly been shrouded in secrecy.
It’s worth mentioning that this is the largest police investigation in US history, but the extent to which Trump is a target is unclear. While the congressional committee’s hearings were largely a symbolic move, it’s the justice department’s job to decide whether to file criminal charges against the former president. So far, nothing indicates this is imminent.
However, the department’s criminal probe has already charged hundreds of people for taking part in the Capitol riot.
Trump has not been called for questioning in that investigation, but it remains a possibility. He had denied responsibility for the attack, describing the whole move against him as an “unselect pseudo-committee” and “kangaroo court.”