Rep. Jamie Raskin has unveiled new evidence the special committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots has found against former President Donald Trump
Mr. Raskin, a member of the Special Committee, shared the comments during a Q&A session The Washington Post on Monday ahead of the panel’s first prime-time hearings, which begin Thursday.
The Maryland Democrat said that although two-thirds of the Senate did not vote to convict the former president, a majority in the House and Senate voted in favor of him for inciting the riots.
“But the select committee found evidence here of much more than incitement, and we will set out the evidence for all the actors who were instrumental in what happened on January 6,” he said. Mr. Raskin, a former professor of constitutional law, served as the senior impeachment manager.
At the request of The Washington Post‘s Leigh Ann Caldwell on whether any of the evidence would compel the Justice Department to act, he said it’s important to look at the ruling by Judge David Carter, who serves in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on March.
Mr Carter ruled that former Trump attorney John C. Eastman must turn over emails he tried to withhold and also wrote that Mr Trump tried to obstruct a congressional process, which is a crime.
“Taken together, these actions most likely represent attempts to obstruct an official process,” he said.
Mr Raskin said there are key differences between what the Justice Department is doing and the actions of the Special Committee.
“You know, we are, of course, a legislative inquiry commissioned to report to Congress and to the people of the United States, because in a democracy the people have a right to know the truth about our government and about everything what’s affecting it and what’s going on,” he said.
By comparison, he said the Justice Department collects evidence of crimes and that there have been multiple guilty pleas related to the riot.
“So we believe there is overwhelming evidence for this plan to overthrow the 2020 presidential election in coordination with a violent assault on our bodies,” he said. “So we’re going to disclose everything, but prosecutors are going to have to sort it out in relation to individual defendants. And as a member of the committee, I have confidence in the Justice Department’s ability to do its job.”