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Is 2022 Going to Be the Year Trump Is Indicted? Click Here To Know!

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President Donald Trump’s potential criminal culpability for the Jan. 6 attack was brought to light during a mid-December committee hearing, according to Vice Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming). A key question before the committee is whether Trump attempted to obstruct or impede the official counting of electoral votes by Congress through action or inaction.

This question continues to haunt us as we enter a new year. For example, obstructing official proceedings such as the joint session of Congress where the Electoral College votes are received and counted to determine our nation’s next president is illegal, according to a criminal statute (18 U.S. Code 1512).

Without looking at current or past criminal prosecutions, no discussion of justice is complete. The Justice Department has charged over 700 people in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol. Detainees pleaded guilty and were sentenced to probation to 41 months in jail. Trump’s fate remains uncertain.

This was the year 2021 when America needed to be held accountable, and justice served. It started with a literal attack on the peaceful transfer of presidential power on Jan. 6 and culminated with a Congress on the verge of subpoenaing its own members in an exercise in accountability that may or may not be productive.

The accountability story for 2021 could be told in two distinct ways, both arguably accurate.

The unorthodox congressional investigation culminates in 2021 for those who prefer their glasses half-full. What happened on Jan. 6, why it happened, and who organized, funded, inspired, and – yes – incited it was all historic. Unusual because the investigators and victims of the attack are members of the same House select committee. Even the best-intentioned investigators will find this mix of motives difficult to comprehend.

Is 2022 Going to Be the Year Trump Is Indicted?

No politician, Trump administration official, or person bearing the former president’s surname has been held accountable for alleged crimes committed in broad daylight, according to the glass-half-empty gangsters. Doubters claim justice has stalled at the starting gate, with no starter’s pistol insight.

It’s difficult to extrapolate from our current legal landscape. Impending accountability as we enter a new year includes: Mr. Bannon is charged with two counts of contempt of Congress. When we remember that Bannon was previously indicted for defrauding Trump supporters via a bogus “We Build the Wall” foundation, it gives us a sense of looming accountability. So it’s all subjective.

Meadows may or may not follow Bannon’s path. Meadows failed to appear under a legally issued congressional subpoena on the same day a Washington, D.C. grand jury indicted Bannon for contempt of Congress. Meadows was found in contempt of Congress and charged by the DOJ. It’s unclear whether the Justice Department will be as eager to indict Meadows as it was with Bannon.

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark is currently in accountability amber. In response to a report that there was no widespread fraud undermining President Joe Biden’s victory, Trump reportedly said, “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me” and his congressional allies With that in mind, Clark returned to his Justice Department office and drafted a letter giving Georgia election officials instructions on how to rig the results.

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Clark was duly subpoenaed by the House committee. (1) appearing before the committee but refusing to answer questions, claiming no legitimate legal privilege and eventually storming out, (2) announcing through counsel that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in any future appearance before the committee, and (3) missing several appearance dates, allegedly due to health concerns. In terms of accountability, Clark’s situation appears to be a mixed bag.

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa, comes up in every discussion of Clark. On Jan. 6, the committee members requested documents and testimony from one of their own, Perry. This included Perry’s role in helping Trump install Clark as acting AG. Aside from using encrypted apps to avoid being discovered, Perry and Meadows were also reportedly communicating via encrypted apps. That’s not possible, friends.

Announcing his refusal to comply with the panel’s demands, Perry claimed he couldn’t possibly be associated with an “illegitimate entity” because he “tremendously respected the rule of law.”

That the House committee is entirely legitimate, doing exactly what it is authorized to do, is perhaps lost on Perry. So Perry’s evasion is absurd and unfounded.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has the best response. A text message he sent to Meadows urging former Vice President Mike Pence to disregard Electoral College votes Pence deemed “unconstitutional” was “altered” by the committee, he claimed in an email sent to Meadows. According to Jordan, the committee shortened his text by one period. The committee “completely misled the American people,” Meadows said. Jordan may have refused to cooperate with the Jan. 6 investigation because of this reason.

No such thing as misplaced punctuation privilege exists in the law, so no one should tell Jordan that.

The most hopeful — or ominous, depending on your perspective — a sign of things to come comes from Cheney’s recent remark to Meadows.

The attack on our democracy continues to go unpunished as the anniversary of the Capitol attack approaches. It appears that justice has slowed down.

Watergate took over two years to produce significant prosecutions and convictions, as optimists might point out. A year later, we are still not there. To the optimist, the Watergate crimes were not the direct attack on our democracy that we saw on Jan. 6 and continue to see today.

Our nation’s history will be written either as a time when we rose to the challenge of accountability and loyalty to the rule of law or as the end of a once-great American story, depending on how history unfolds.

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