Ramped Up Trump Investigation Has Echoes of Nixon

On Wednesday, December 21, a person warned the January 6 committee has delivered evidence to convict former President Donald Trump to federal prosecutors.

This person asked to remain anonymous. Though, according to her, this investigation has been going on for some time.

The DOJ and the Trump Investigation

The Justice Department, as well as the office of Jack Smith, the special prosecutor, reportedly received information from the committee even before Trump was recommended for various criminal charges by the J6 committee.

After several months of investigation into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, it remains to be seen if the Justice Department will decide to go after Trump with charges.

This is beginning to look a lot like the witch hunt after former President Richard Nixon.

The Watergate investigation between 1972 to 1974 eventually backed Nixon into a corner and forced him to resign. It eventually proved a conspiracy by Nixon and associates to break into the Democratic National Committee and try to steal the election for him and track and monitor the opposition.

In the end, seven individuals were indicted in relation to Watergate. Five pleaded guilty and got away from going to trial by admitting their guilt beforehand; while two others contested the charges and were found guilty in 1973.

Echoes of Watergate

It now appears that many people connected to January 6 could be brought to trial and held responsible for their involvement in a Trump-led conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election results.

These include people like former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former top adviser Steve Bannon, Donald Trump himself, and individuals such as General Mark Milley of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Congressman Jamie Raskin made it clear he will step down if justice is not served in the January 6 investigation; pressure is heating up for the DOJ to make a move.

Today, December 22, the full report from the J6 committee is expected to go public. The report is extremely vast and complex, with more than 1,000 pages.

Trump is no longer walking on firm ground. He is now on a tightrope and potentially facing being charged with federal crimes.

It all depends on what else the Justice Department will find out when the committee fully delivers all the information.

Merrick Garland, the US attorney general, wants to dig deep into this. He wants the committee to deliver everything as soon as possible.

During an interview last month, Garland said he already asked the committee to hand over all the evidence and transcripts they hold; so it seems he could well be on board to push this as far as possible via the DOJ.

When Could Charges Drop?

After Monday’s meeting, Bennie Thompson, chairman of the committee, said all documentation will be delivered later this week.

Thompson, too, wanted to imply that government prosecutors already have in hand the committee’s most important evidence.

According to him, it has been some time since the special prosecutor’s office contacted the committee and been working with them. He said the DOJ is already working to lay charges.

This article appeared in FreshOffThePress and has been published here with permission.