A recent report claims that President Joe Biden has told multiple people that he wants his predecessor Donald Trump to be prosecuted.
The New York Times reported this leak on Saturday, and it comes as Democrats in Washington ramp up pressure on the Justice Department to take action against Trump and his close allies as retaliation for events at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
The Times said that Merrick Garland, the current US attorney general, has been taking a “deliberate approach” that “has come to frustrate Democratic allies of the White House and, at times, President Biden himself” during his ongoing investigation into the January 6 incident.
“As recently as last year, Mr. Biden confided to his inner circle that he believed former President Donald J. Trump was a threat to democracy and should be prosecuted,” the Times said.
Reportedly, the president is frustrated with the attorney general’s slow-and-steady approach and wants him to expedite the January 6 prosecutions.
“While the president has never communicated his frustrations directly to Mr. Garland, he has said privately that he wanted Mr. Garland to act less like a ponderous judge and more like a prosecutor who is willing to take decisive action over the events of Jan. 6,” the Times said.
However, it remains unclear just what Trump would be prosecuted for doing.
The United States House Select Committee that is charged with investigating the January 6 incident says that its investigators have reason to believe that Trump and his associates “broke multiple laws in efforts to overturn the 2020 election,” the Washington Examiner reported.
In a legal brief filed in early March, the committee suggested that it had “evidence showing that Trump may have engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States, illegally impeding Congress’s counting of electoral votes, and lying to the public.”
The committee said that Trump and his allies engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the US by ‘interfering with the election certification process, disseminating false information about election fraud, and pressuring state officials to alter state election results and federal officials to assist in that effort;” common law fraud in the nation’s capital city involving the false representation of fact; and, Trump’s alleged “endeavor to hinder the congressional certification of the 2020 election.”
Despite this, the Times said, “There is no indication that federal prosecutors are close to charging the former President.”