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Federal prosecutor doesn’t rule out charging Trump for inciting Capitol riot

  • The top federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., on Thursday pointedly did not rule out charging President Donald Trump in connection with inciting a riot after his supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol complex a day earlier.
  • Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said the Department of Justice will consider lodging criminal charges against anyone who played a role in the riot.
  • The New York Times reported that White House counsel Pat Cipollone had warned Trump that he could face legal exposure for the riot given his remarks at the rally, where he urged his fans to march to the Capitol.

President Donald TrumpJonathan Ernst | Reuters

The top federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., on Thursday pointedly did not rule out charging President Donald Trump in connection with inciting a riot after his supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol complex a day earlier.

Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said the Department of Justice will consider lodging criminal charges against anyone who played a role in the riot, which for hours delayed the confirmation by Congress of Joe Biden's election as the next president.

A reporter during a press call noted that Trump had called on his supporters at a rally before the riot to fight for him.

Asked if he was eyeing Trump's role in sparking the chaos, Sherwin said: "I don't want to sound like a broken record. We're looking at all actors here."

"Anyone who had a role and where the evidence fits a crime," he said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sherwin's remarks.

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