One of the four charges levied against former President Donald Trump in connection with the events of January 6 on Tuesday has the death penalty as a possible sentence, Breitbart reported.
18 U.S.C § 241, “Conspiracy Against Rights," normally has up to a 10-year jail sentence. But if anyone's death results from the action, the penalty can include death for the person convicted.
There were several deaths blamed on the January 6 Capitol breach, including protester Ashli Babbit who was shot by a Capitol police officer. Other deaths were indirectly related or not related to the breach, but just happened at around the same time, but some have blamed Trump.
Some of those present during the breach also attempted to kidnap Mike Pence, and Trump has also been blamed for that.
"The attack on our nation's Capitol on January 6, 2021, was an unprecedented assault on the seat of American democracy," Smith said. "It's described in the indictment, it was fueled by lies, lies by the defendant targeted at obstructing a bedrock function of the US government, the nation's process of collecting, counting, and certifying the results of the presidential election."
Prosecutors vaguely mentioned that there were co-conspirators, since it is difficult to charge someone with conspiracy without evidence that they conspired with someone else, but no one else has been charged so far.
Trump faces a total of 55 years in jail on the new charges, if he received maximum sentences and they were consecutive. At age 76, even a much shorter sentence would likely be a life sentence for him.
Trump has called the charges "fake" and asked why no one else was charged and why it took them two-and-a-half years to bring the charges after 1,000 other people have been charged for actually entering the Capitol and committing other crimes in some cases.
In announcing the indictment, Smith said he will "seek a speedy trial" and was sure to add that it is "only an allegation" and that Trump "must be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law."
It is doubtful that Trump can get a fair trial in the District of Columbia, however, particularly now that Judge Tanya Chutkan, a hard-left Obama appointee, has been assigned to the case.
Chutkan ruled against Trump before, allowing the House Jan. 6 select committee to access reams of information from Trump's White House files.
Between this radical left judge and a D.C. jury--known to be the most liberal in the entire country--Trump is set to be railroaded just like many of the people who entered the Capitol that day, most of whom should have been charged with simple trespassing, fined, and sent on their merry way.
It's easy to see the hate Jack Smith has for Trump--hate that is likely centered more around his political persuasion than anything he might have done wrong. Just look at those crazy eyes--it's no wonder Trump is already calling Smith "deranged."
It's difficult to see Trump getting out of this one unscathed because of the unfairness of the entire process, and we will just have to see what happens from there.