Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that Donald Trump would likely face criminal charges following the Justice Department’s investigation into his actions leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021 insurgency.
But Holder, who served under President Barack Obama, said state charges would likely precede any federal action. In an interview with SiriusXM’s “Urban View,” Holder said he expected Trump to be indicted first in an investigation by the state of Georgia into his efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s victory there. low, including Trump’s plan to form a list of fake voters, according to CNBC.
Holder added that the state’s investigation is simpler, pointing to Trump’s infamous call to Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on January 2, 2021, asking him to “find 11,780 votes.”
“My eyes are first on Fulton County. Look at the Department of Justice in 2023,” Holder told the radio show.
Holder said criminal charges from the Justice Department would likely come after midterms given the long-standing precedent of not announcing criminal charges during an election year.
Still, Holder told Sirius XM he believes Trump will “eventually” be indicted by the DOJ.
“I guess at the end of this process you’re going to see indictments involving high-level people in the White House, you’re going to see indictments against people outside the White House who were advising them about trying to steal the election,” Holder said.
He continued: “And I think at the end of the day you’re probably going to see the president, the former president of the United States also indicted.”
Late last month, The Washington Post reported that 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 promised his department would “pursue justice without fear or favor.”
“We intend to hold accountable everyone, anyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6, for any attempt to interfere with the legal transfer of power from one administration to another. This is what we do. We don’t pay any attention to other issues on this,” Garland told NBC’s Lester Holt.
Marc Short, former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, has already testified before a grand jury convened by the DOJ, after being subpoenaed.
Former White House attorney Pat Cipollone was also subpoenaed by a grand jury investigating the events around January 6. It is unclear, however, which grand jury he was called before. There are currently at least two meetings called into the events of Jan. 6, 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.), deputy chair of the House Jan. 6 Select Committee, told CNN on Thursday that she would like to see the DOJ pursue criminal charges against the former president if he finds any evidence that he was involved in the January 6 Riots.
“They have to make decisions about prosecutions understanding what it means if the facts and the evidence are there, and they decide not to prosecute, then how can we call ourselves a nation of laws? I think it’s a very serious balancing act,” Cheney said.
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