After more than a thousand interviews and hours of televised hearings, the Jan. 6 committee will soon issue a comprehensive report, one of the highest-profile congressional investigations since Watergate. Emerging Questions: Will the report urge the Justice Department to prosecute former President Donald Trump?
For now, the committee is who. But Maryland Democrat Jamie Raskin, one of its leading members, has reached his own personal conclusion about whether or not Trump committed a crime. “Well, of course,” he said. “I mean, for one thing, there’s this mega-crime of coup and rebellion against constitutional democracy. Among them.”
CBS News chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa asked, “But in your view, this report could be grounds for prosecution?”
“Yes, I suppose it could be,” replied Ruskin. “It was Donald Trump who sent the tweet overheard the ‘alt-right underworld’ gathering on January 6th. He wanted to ride on the shoulders of the crowd like Mussolini so he could seize the presidency.”
Raskin and David Remnick, editors of The New Yorker magazine, sat down to discuss the potential impact of the committee’s report. Remnick would publish the report as a book, which would include an essay by Ruskin (who received no payment).
Costa asked, “Do you believe people will sit down and read this report?”
Remnick said, “Whenever we publish a 25,000-word piece in The New Yorker, I think of it as deeply detailed and fact-checked. And I came to the conclusion over time that I know it’s assimilated in different ways. Yes, there are people who read it immediately, they read it voraciously. Then two weeks later it’s, ‘By the way, did you see that piece in The New Yorker? saw?’ And it has an effect.”
Making an impact has been the mission of the committee. But its work has been challenged by many in Washington, who declared that the hearings would change some people’s minds, even when the revelations were shocking, such as attempts to influence witnesses to testify falsely. Report of.
The results of the midterm elections, where Trump’s allies took a beating, threw open that conventional wisdom.
Raskin said, “If we had lost those elections by 40 or 50 votes, as various pundits and strategists and historians were predicting, undoubtedly everyone would be saying, ‘Democrats don’t have to focus on the Constitution and democracy. Democrats should’ We haven’t focused on reproductive freedom, and people’s rights and freedoms.'”
Kost asked, “Perhaps, in retrospect, was the alarm loud enough?”
Ruskin said, “Well, we certainly sounded the alarm as loud as we could.” “I think the American public understood the essential elements of the story: Donald Trump was a man who would not take no for an answer from the American people, and was prepared to overthrow an electorate.”
this past week,For conspiring to keep Trump in power. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.
The former president, who announced his candidacy for 2024, has denied any wrongdoing and has refused to testify before a House committee. But Trump still faces multiple state and federal investigations.
Kost asked Remnick, “What would it mean for the country if, at the end of the day, there is no consequence for Trump?”
“I keep wondering if there are any consequences for Trump, even if he loses, even though the way a lot of commentators are suggesting he’s in the process of doing so, I think it’s a Sad day, it has no consequences.” ,” He replied.
Ruskin said, “The people here are hungry for justice and accountability and results. Injustice goes on free long before the mechanisms of justice and the rule of law work. That’s what it means to live in a free society. We don’t ” Just get people off the street, even a tyrant like Donald Trump, and just declare them guilty and throw them in solitary confinement.
“So, people should be patient? Even though these trials are taking a long time, grand juries are taking years?”
“Yes,” said Ruskin. “There have been over 950 indictments, I think it is now. We have indicted dozens and dozens of people. But I know people feel that we need to make sure that accountability goes up to the top. Just because you are elected president, or used to be president, does not give you the right to freely engage in crimes.”
This Tuesday, a ceremony will be held in the Capitol Rotunda to honor the US Capitol and Metropolitan Police who defended the center of our democracy.
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Story produced by Ed Forgotten. Editor: Joseph Frandino.