Biden won't have role in potential criminal case against Trump over riot, White House claims

Biden won't have role in potential criminal case against Trump over riot, White House claims


President Biden will defer to his Justice Department on whether former President Donald Trump should be criminally prosecuted over the Jan. 6 sacking of the Capitol by his supporters.

The Biden administration would have “an independent Justice Department” to determine whether to launch a Trump-focused investigation and possibly charge him, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

“I am not going to speculate on criminal prosecution from the White House podium,” she told reporters during a Tuesday briefing.

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The question over Trump’s criminal and civil legal exposure follows his second Senate impeachment trial acquittal last weekend — this one focused on whether he incited the angry rioters who clashed with police, forced their way into the legislative hall, and ransacked offices as they threatened then-Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and other lawmakers.

Democratic Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson sued Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani, and two right-wing groups called the Proud Boys and the

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