Even though the elected officials who provided moral support to the pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, may not wind up being expelled from Congress, the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Karl A. Racine, said Monday on MSNBC that he will indeed be prosecuting anyone who incited the riot.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) spoke to the Trump crowd, telling them that “American patriots” needed to “start taking down names and kicking ass” just minutes before the rioting began.
Such remarks, Racine told host Andrea Mitchell, are “outrageous,” and he added:
“Clearly the crowd was hyped up, juiced up, focused on the capitol, and rather than calm them down or at lowest emphasize the peaceful nature of what protests need to be, they really did encourage these folks and riled them up. Now whether that comes to a legal complaint, I think we’ve got to really dig in and get all of the facts. I know I’m looking at a charge under the D.C. code of inciting violence and that would apply where there’s a clear recognition that one’s incitement could lead to foreseeable violence. We still have more investigation to do, and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to work zealously and fully and where the facts lead to where they naturally go.”
Mitchell asked Racine if that included President Donald Trump. He responded:
“Sure, Andrea, as you know the OLC opinion says the president can’t be prosecuted while the president is in office. As it turns out, the president has about nine more days of office and, of course, the investigation is going to go on much beyond those nine days. It will be another legal question as to whether the president can be prosecuted after his term of office. I think the better weight of authority answers that question affirmatively. And I’m not targeting the president or anyone else. I’m just saying the D.C. Office of the Attorney General — and I’m heartened that the U.S. Attorney also said the same thing — we’re going to follow the facts and we’re going to go exactly where the facts lead.”
Racine has a duty to charge anyone who helped incite the riot that left five people dead, including a member of the Capitol Police Force. No one is above the law in this country, nor should they be. Indict them and let the chips fall where they may.
Here’s Attorney General Racine on MSNBC: