Trump is worried about criminal charges over Capitol riot after his acquittal in the Senate


Donald Trump has privately shared concerns that he could be criminally prosecuted over his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a new report.

‘He’s worried about it,’ one adviser close to Trump told CNN, saying that Trump had remained mostly silent since leaving the White House due to fears of potential criminal liability.

After the Senate voted 57-43 to acquit Trump of incitement to insurrection on Saturday, even several top Republicans who voted to acquit suggested that criminal charges could be warranted. 

‘The ultimate accountability is through our criminal justice system where political passions are checked,’ said Senator Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican who voted not guilty. 

‘No president is above the law or immune from criminal prosecution, and that includes former president Trump,’ Tillis added.

Donald Trump has privately shared concerns that he could be criminally prosecuted over his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a new report

'The ultimate accountability is through our criminal justice system where political passions are checked,' said Senator Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican who voted not guilty

‘The ultimate accountability is through our criminal justice system where political passions are checked,’ said Senator Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican who voted not guilty

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who also voted to acquit, unloaded on Trump in a harsh diatribe following the trial, saying the former president was ‘practically and morally responsible’ for the events of January 6.

He also noted that though Trump is now out of office, he remains subject to the country’s criminal and civil laws.

‘Impeachment was never meant to be the final forum for American justice. … We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former Presidents are not immune from being held accountable by either one,’ said McConnell. 

‘He didn’t get away with anything yet,’ said McConnell, who turns 79 next Saturday and has led the Senate GOP since 2007. 

Federal investigators are looking at all aspects of the Capitol attack, and have already arrested more than 200 rioters on a range of charges. 

When acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin was asked directly in January if Trump’s role was under investigation, he responded: ‘We’re looking at all actors here and anyone that had a role and, if the evidence fits the elements of the crime, they’re going to be charged.’ 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who also voted to acquit, unloaded on Trump in a harsh diatribe following the impeachment trial

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who also voted to acquit, unloaded on Trump in a harsh diatribe following the impeachment trial

Separate from the Capitol attack, Trump faces legal threats on a number of fronts after losing the many protections afforded by the presidency.

In Georgia, prosecutors are investigating whether Trump tried to illegally influence election results when he asked a state official to “find” one more vote than he needed to win. 

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is investigating Trump after a January 2 telephone call he made pressuring Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn the state’s election results based on unfounded voter fraud claims. 

The investigation is the second known state criminal probe of Trump, whose tax and business affairs are under investigation in New York.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr’s probe into the Trump Organization for potential tax, bank and insurance fraud is believed to be in an advanced stage. 

A U.S. Supreme Court decision is expected soon on whether Vance can obtain eight years of Trump’s tax records and other financial information from accounting firm Mazars. 

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr's probe into the Trump Organization for potential tax, bank and insurance fraud is believed to be in an advanced stage

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr’s probe into the Trump Organization for potential tax, bank and insurance fraud is believed to be in an advanced stage

The tax returns are views as the keystone to the case. People close to the case have told Reuters that they expect the court to act as soon as this month.

The Trump Organization has denied in court filings that the company falsified property values, and Trump has rejected the probe as a ‘fishing expedition’ and a ‘continuation of the witch hunt.’

In a statement on Saturday soon after his Senate acquittal, Trump hinted at the prospect of a political comeback.

‘Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,’ Trump said. ‘In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people.’

‘We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future,’ he added.   



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