GOP Warns DOJ Trump Probe Trigger for Political War

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Republicans are warning the Justice Department that prosecuting Trump will trigger political war; Barr: no evidence Trump is “legally responsible” for Jan. 6, and the DA is not prepared to move forward with an indictment of Trump in NY.

Republicans warn DOJ: prosecution of Trump will trigger political war

Republican lawmakers are warning the Department of Justice that any prosecution of former President Trump over the Jan. 6 incursion on the US capitol will turn into a political battle under accusations of being politically motivated, The Hill reported.

Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to act on a criminal referral from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. According to experts, evidence in court filings last week could provide a strong impetus for prosecutors to act.

However, several Senate Republicans say both the GOP and the public would see a move to prosecute Trump as politically motivated. They argued that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) blocked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) choices for the panel to tap Reps instead. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) are two outspoken critics of Trump.

One Republican strategist said the prosecution of Trump will only make him appear stronger with GOP primary voters in 2024.

Prosecutors resign after New York DA says not prepared to move forward with an indictment of Trump

According to CNN, two top New York prosecutors who were leading the criminal investigation of former President Donald Trump and his business resigned after the Manhattan district attorney said he was not prepared to authorize an indictment, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

The resignation occurred last month, following weeks of internal debate and discussion over the strength of the evidence against Trump and whether it could prove a crime.

The resignations followed a decision by Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg to stop presenting evidence to the grand jury, the New York Times reported. A special grand jury convened last year is set to expire at the end of April.

Barr: No evidence trump “legally responsible” for Jan. 6, says he wouldn’t have prosecuted

Former US Attorney General William Barr says that although former President Donald Trump bears some moral responsibility for the Jan. 6 incursion on the US capitol, he says he has not seen any evidence that his ex-boss was “legally responsible” for the riot, The Hill reported.

In an interview with NBC, Barr was asked if he would have investigated Trump over classified documents the National Archives alleged he took after he left office.

“To tell you the truth, I probably wouldn’t,” Barr said. He suggested Trump taking the document was probably not illegal.

“The whole classification system is done under the executive order,” Barr said. “It’s the president. The president decides everything.”

However, Barr added that there is no indication Trump formally declassified the documents.