Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that donald trump He will likely face criminal charges as a result of the Justice Department’s investigation into his actions leading to the January 6, 2021 insurrection.
But Holder, who served under President Barack Obama, said state charges are likely to precede any federal action. In an interview with SiriusXM’s “Urban View,” Holder said he first hopes Trump will be indicted in a Georgia state investigation into his efforts to overturn Joe BidenTrump’s victory there, including Trump’s plan to form a list of false voters, according to CNBC.
Holder added that the state investigation is easier, noting that Trump infamous call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on January 2, 2021, asking him to “find 11,780 votes.”
“My eyes are on Fulton County first. Look at the Justice Department in 2023,” Holder told the radio show.
Holder said the Justice Department’s criminal charges are likely to be filed after the midterms given the long-standing precedent of not announcing criminal charges during an election year.
Still, Holder told Sirius XM that he thinks Trump will “ultimately” be impeached by the Justice Department.
“My guess is that at the end of this process, you will see indictments involving high-level people in the White House, you will see indictments against people outside the White House who advised them regarding the attempt to steal the election,” Holder said.
He continued: “And I think ultimately you’ll probably also see the president, the former president of the United States, dictate.”
Late last month, The Washington Post reported The DOJ investigation was expanding to examine Donald Trump’s conduct and his efforts to stay in office after losing the 2020 election.
In an interview with “NBC Nightly News,” Attorney General Merrick Garland fiance his department would “seek justice without fear or favoritism.”
“We intend to hold everyone accountable, anyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6, for any attempt to interfere with the lawful transfer of power from one administration to another. That’s what we do. We don’t pay attention to other issues around that,” Garland told NBC’s Lester Holt.
Marc Short, former Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, has already tried before a grand jury convened by the DOJ, after being subpoenaed.
Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone has also been aforementioned by a grand jury that investigated the events that occurred around January 6. It is not clear, however, which grand jury was called before. There are currently at least two called into the Jan. 6 events, one investigating a plan by Trump’s lawyers to present a list of fake voters and another investigating Jan. 6 itself.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), vice chair of the House Jan. 6 select committee, Thursday he told CNN she would like the Justice Department to bring criminal charges against the former president if it finds evidence that he was involved in the Jan. 6 riots.
“They have to make decisions about prosecution understanding what it means if the facts and evidence is there, and they decide not to prosecute, then what do we call ourselves a nation of laws? I think it’s a very serious balance,” Cheney said.