With the Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday evening clearing the way for the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection, we should soon know exactly what role failed, one-term former President Donald Trump played in the planning and carrying of the riots that left five people dead, as CNN noted:
The court’s order means that more than 700 documents will be transferred to Congress that could shed light on the events leading up to the insurrection when hundreds of rioters converged on the Capitol attempting to stop certification of the 2020 presidential election results.
Those documents, according to former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman, who said Thursday during an appearance on CNN that if it’s proven Trump tried to block Congress from certifying the election, the ex-president could face 20 years in prison:
“There’s no executive privilege they can assert here. Because executive privilege as the Court said in the Nixon case, you can’t use it for conversations in furtherance of criminal activity. With Nixon, it was in furtherance of the conspiracy to obstruct the Watergate chase. Here it’s relating to basically an insurrection that was perpetrated on the Congress. And there’s no way under any circumstance that any court is ever going to say that those conversations are legitimate, executive privilege-covered conversations. The exec privilege relates to legitimate government business that the president is engaged in, most notably military actions, national security, and the like, engaged in, most notably, military actions, national security, and the like. This is certainly why they’re saying it doesn’t make any difference whether Trump is a sitting president or not. These conversations are not covered by executive privilege.”
Akerman then added:
Those 700 pages of documents must contain some incredibly damaging information or Trump wouldn’t have appealed all the way to the Supreme Court to try and keep them hidden.
As for the 20 years in prison, Trump deserves at least that for the damage he did to this country during his presidency. The time has come to LOCK HIM UP!