Former US President Donald Trump is believed to have broken the law with his “corrupt” attempt to prevent Congress from formalizing Joe Biden’s election victory on Jan. 6, 2021. A federal judge ruled Monday in a civil suit. American media reported it.
Based on the evidence, the court finds it is “more likely” that Trump tacitly attempted to obstruct the joint session of Congress, Los Angeles judge David Carter said in a written ruling.
After a speech by Trump and some supporters on January 6, 2021, a crowd marched towards the US Parliament and stormed the building. At that very moment, members of the House and Senate met to formally confirm Biden’s victory, led by Vice President Mike Pence.
The judge’s assumption was part of the ruling that a House committee investigating the deadly attack on the Capitol had access to emails that one of his then-lawyers, John Eastman, wrote to Trump.
Judge David Carter said Trump’s plan to reverse his November 2020 election defeat by Democrat Joe Biden amounted to a “coup”.
“The court considers that it is likely that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021,” Carter said in a written decision, adding that “the illegality of the plan was evident.”
Breakthrough for the Democrats
Carter’s findings are an important step for the Democratic-led inquiry on Jan. 6, which said earlier this month that it believed Trump may have committed multiple felonies.
The commission is expected to submit a formal request to the US Department of Justice to consider Trump’s indictment.
Neither Carter nor the commission have the authority to bring criminal charges against Trump. That decision must be made by U.S. Attorney Merrick Garland, due to violations of federal law.