Appearing on MSNBC, Washington D.C. AG Karl Racine said President Trump could be charged with a misdemeanor “a six-month-in-jail maximum” for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot.
“Let it be known that the office of attorney general has a potential charge that it may utilize,” Racine said.
“It’s law in DC since 2011,” he added. “It makes illegal the statements of individuals that clearly encourage, cajole, and otherwise, you know, get people motivated to commit violence.”
MSNBC Anchor Ali Velshi said to Racine “You are considering bringing charges, that’s what the reporting is, against people for inciting this riot.”
“The reporting is accurate,” Racine responded “The office of attorney general has jurisdiction over a number of potential offenses, including weapons, ammunition, curfew violations, and the one that’s gotten the most attention, of course, is the inciting violence charge. We’ve brought that charge before. It is law in D.C. since 2011. It makes illegal the statements of individuals that clearly encourage, cajole, and otherwise, you know, get people motivated to commit violence. We’ll balance the First Amendment rights of speakers versus this law and will be judicious with whether to charge and who to charge but every single person at that rally is being reviewed.”
“If one is talking about combat justice in a crowd that is all amped up and really focused on taking over a particular building, like the Capitol. I think it gets closer to that line,” he continued “When folks are talking about fighting, fighting, fighting, I think it gets closer to that line. Ultimately, we’re going to have to do a thorough investigation, which is under way, including, I must say, talking to people who were at that rally, talking to people who indeed stormed the Capitol and went inside.”