President Donald Trump has faced increased calls for his removal from office in the wake of Wednesday’s violent siege on Capitol Hill in apparent opposition to the ratification of the Electoral College vote tally.
And according to Breitbart, more than a few officials have added their own opinions that Trump should also face possible criminal charges for ostensibly inciting the riot.
“This is just the beginning”
Reportedly leading the way in the pursuit of prosecution for the president is Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C.
On Thursday, he participated in a conference call with the press during which he discussed how he and prosecutors in his office were responding to the events at the Capitol building this week.
According to Sherwin, lawyers have thus far filed 55 criminal cases related to the breach of the Capitol building.
“I think that’s a good start, but in no regard is that the end,” he said, according to Breitbart. “This is just the beginning.”
When one reporter pressed him on whether Trump could face charges in connection with the attack, Sherwin implied that it is a possibility.
“We’re looking at all actors here”
“I don’t want to sound like a broken record,” he said. “We’re looking at all actors here. Anyone who had a role and where the evidence fits a crime.”
As for what prosecutors might be considering in connection to the president, many critics are convinced that he incited the riot during a speech he delivered earlier in the day in which he called into question the results of the 2020 presidential election.
According to The New York Times, even White House counsel Pat Cipollone has advised Trump that he could face criminal liability based on his call for supporters to “fight” against what he claimed to be an invalid win for President-elect Joe Biden.
In a video posted the day after the riot, however, Trump denounced those who participated in the violence.
“To those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country, and to those who broke the law, you will pay,” Trump said in a video posted to social media, according to Breitbart.