Merrick Garland: Donald Trump’s indictment over Jan. 6 riots can’t be ruled out

Attorney General Merrick Garland indicated that former President Donald Trump’s indictment could be on the table, as the Justice Department aggressively pursues anyone connected to the 2021 US Capitol riots.

Mr. Garland did not name Mr. Trump, but said his department would continue to pursue charges against anyone who was part of the riots or violated the peaceful transition of power.

“We intend to hold everyone, whoever was criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6, accountable for any attempt to interfere with the lawful transfer of power from one administration to another. That’s what we do. We don’t pay attention to the other issues around it,” Mr. Garland told NBC News’ Lester Holt in an interview Tuesday.

Mr. Garland was responding to a question about the possible indictment of a former president or presidential candidate, amid rumors that Mr. Trump may announce a bid for the 2024 election.

Asked specifically about Mr. Trump’s possible presidential candidacy, Mr. Garland reiterated that “we will hold accountable anyone who interferes with the legitimate, legitimate transfer of power from one administration to another.” was criminally liable for attempting to do so.”

The attorney general added that the investigation into the origins of the riot is the “most extensive investigation” in the Justice Department’s history.

He also praised the work of the Democratic-appointed committee on Jan. 6, which will continue hearings on the riots in September.

“It’s inevitable that there will be things that they find before we find them. And it’s inevitable that there will be things that we find that they don’t. That’s what happens when you have a At the same time there are two wide-ranging investigations underway,” Mr Garland said.

In its previous hearing, the congressional panel zeroed in on Mr. Trump’s 187-minute stint to address the riots until he told protesters to go home.

Mr. Trump, like most Republicans, has dismissed the committee’s work as a political ploy to drum up support ahead of the midterm elections.

In a recent speech in Washington hosted by the America First Policy Institute, Mr. Trump teased a run for 2024, targeting the “corrupt establishment” for trying to damage his reputation in order to hold on to power.

“They want to hurt you in any way they can, but they really want to hurt me, so that I can’t go back to work for you anymore,” Mr. Trump said. “I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

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