Vindictive NY AG demanding investigation into potential Trump family roles in Wednesday riot
Outraged New York Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday called for a full investigation into the riots that ravaged Capitol Hill on Wednesday. She is urging federal officials to hold anyone in the White House or Congress responsible who may have played a role in encouraging violence. That is directly aimed at President Trump and his supporters.
She slammed Trump for instigating a “coup” at the Capitol building while calling on elected officials to “unequivocally condemn” his false election fraud claims.
“The coup attempt initiated by outgoing President Trump has been despicable. Today, it became violent,” James stated. “If blood is shed, it will be on his hands.”
“These actions, fueled by lies and wild conspiracy theories espoused by President Trump, must be unequivocally condemned by every corner of our society,” she added. “Ultimately I am confident the rule of law will prevail.”
“Joe Biden, our duly elected president, will assume office on Jan. 20, and history will remember this as a sad but unsuccessful attempt to destroy our democratic republic,” she concluded.
Predictably, James is also requesting that acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen probe the legal culpability of President Trump, his family members, and associates, in promoting what she called “wild conspiracy theories that led to these acts of terror and sedition.”
“The president swore an oath to protect this nation against all enemies, foreign or domestic, but this week he led an attack on the greatest symbol of our democratic republic,” James said in a statement. “Not since foreign invaders attacked the Capitol more than 200 years ago has Washington, DC been attacked.”
She accused Trump of incitement and inviting insurrection. James also said the government needs to identify and investigate each participant in the riot who can be prosecuted for “a violent incursion onto government property with the express intention of hindering the certification of a lawful election.”
President Trump put out a second video message via Twitter on Thursday where he condemned the rioters and promised that participants who “broke the law” would “pay.”
He also conceded to President-elect Joe Biden and called for calm and a peaceful transition of power.
A number of lawmakers in Trump’s orbit are now resigning from their administrative posts. Others such as Lindsey Graham repudiated his rhetoric.
There are calls to invoke the 25th Amendment or to impeach Trump in order to remove him from office less than two weeks before Biden’s Inauguration Day. Vice President Mike Pence says he will not agree to the 25th Amendment move. Pelosi is expected to move forward with impeachment proceedings.
This violent coup attempt initiated by outgoing President Trump is despicable.
If blood is shed, it will be on his hands.
These actions, fueled by lies and wild conspiracy theories espoused by President Trump, must be unequivocally condemned by every corner of our society.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) January 6, 2021
Here is an excerpt of Latisha James’ full official statement for clarification:
“The president swore an oath to protect this nation against all enemies, foreign or domestic, but this week he led an attack on the greatest symbol of our democratic republic,” said Attorney General James. “Not since foreign invaders attacked the Capitol more than 200 years ago has Washington, DC been attacked. But Wednesday, not under the command of foreign leaders but of our very own commander-in-chief, did American citizens attempt to overthrow our government. For months, President Trump, his family, and his associates have espoused wild conspiracy theories that led to these acts of terror and sedition, and which elected officials are sworn to defend against. I am calling on the Justice Department to immediately begin an investigation into this attempt at insurrection and to hold all those responsible for their roles in fanning the flames that led to this failed coup.”