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The past few days have been really eventful in the United States of America because in the history of the country, no attorney general has ever taken it upon himself to prosecuted a former President in the Federal Court for crimes he had committed while in office like in the case of Donald Trump.
The January 6 congressional hearings had also credibly presented a damning narrative that then-President Donald Trump had been the driving force and the sperhead behind a massive conspiracy to obstruct justice in the political session of the United States and also interfere with the official January 6 congressional proceedings and defraud the citizens of the United States of a fair election outcome.
While there appears to be little in the hearings that would undercut a successful criminal prosecution of the former president, neither do the hearings guarantee a successful prosecution.
Unlike congressional hearings, in a criminal prosecution, the former president will challenge all the evidence that prosecutors hope to present before a jury in a criminal trial. The process will test the credibility, biases and memories of witnesses. Federal rules of evidence may exclude certain key evidence or testimony disclosed in the Jan. 6 hearings. In every American courtroom, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and the burden of proof is on the prosecution. No matter what we may think of Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, the picture before 12 open-minded jurors may look quite different once the defense presents its case.
Some have criticized the pace of the Department of Justice’s investigation, while others insist the public record already clearly supports an indictment and likely conviction of the former president. As to timing, it appears the investigation is proceeding in a deliberate fashion, careful and methodical.
Out of fairness to prospective targets, the work of any federal investigation is confidential.
Grand jury proceedings usually require a lot of close confidentiality which is why the investigation be will taking as long as it takes.
The attorney general will be in charge of making a charging decision, whether it takes six weeks or six months, only after collecting and analyzing all the evidence, including the work of the Jan. 6 committee.