A Department of Justice prosecutor believes that President Donald Trump could be charged for his alleged role in the Capitol mayhem.
The DOJ federal prosecutor, Michael Sherwin, sat down on Sunday night for an interview with 60 Minutes.
While the interview occurred two days ago, his remarks about Trump possibly being charged have largely gone unnoticed.
“Has the role of former President Trump been part of your investigation?” host Scott Pelley asked.
“It’s unequivocal that Trump was the magnet that brought the people to D.C. on the 6th,” replied Sherwin, making a spurious argument.
Pelley then asked if that means Trump is “criminally culpable for everything that happened during the siege, during the breach?”
“We have plenty of people– we have soccer moms from Ohio that were arrested saying, ‘Well, I did this because my president said I had to take back our house.’ That moves the needle towards that direction,” Sherwin argued.
“Maybe the president is culpable for those actions,” the prosecutor insinuated. “But also, you see in the public record too, militia members saying, ‘You know what? We did this because Trump just talks a big game. He’s just all talk. We did what he wouldn’t do.’”
“In short, you have investigators looking into the president’s role?” asked Pelley.
“We have people looking at everything, correct,” Sherwin replied. “Everything’s being looked at.”
Scott Pelley asks federal prosecutor Michael Sherwin if investigators are looking into President Trump’s role in January’s Capitol riot.
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) March 21, 2021
The FBI has found no credible evidence of ties between members of Congress and rioters who stormed the Capitol Building Jan. 6, though Democrats had strongly suggested that some Republican members were in contact with attackers and even gave them tours in the days before the assault.
One Democratic lawmaker explicitly suggested that Republican members of the House gave people who would eventually take part in the riot tours of the Capitol beforehand.
“Their accomplices in this House will be held responsible,” Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) told the Times, in reference to a report from Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), who “said in a Facebook Live broadcast that she saw Republicans ‘who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 for reconnaissance for the next day.’ She said some of her GOP colleagues ‘abetted’ Trump and ‘incited this violent crowd.’”
The New York Times found that to be untrue.
“Data has revealed no evidence of communications between the rioters and members of Congress during the deadly attack, the official said. That undercuts Democratic allegations that some Republican lawmakers were active participants that day,” the NYT reported.
Because Democrats are desperate to pin the chaos on Republicans and Trump, they are set to launch their own “9/11-style commission.”
But the Times’ report of the FBI’s findings ought to put the kibosh on such a commission because, at this point, it would be nothing more than a political exercise — which is, of course, the point.