Trump ‘Likely’ Committed Crimes in Effort to Overturn Election, Judge Rules

Former United States President Donald Trump ‘likely’ committed crimes as he sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election, a federal judge ruled on March 28.

U.S. District Court Judge David Carter also ruled that Trump’s former lawyer John Eastman must turn over 101 emails that he is withholding from the House Jan. 6 Committee in its investigation on the Capitol riot.

The emails contained the plan to obstruct the congressional certification.

“Based on the evidence, the Court finds that it is more likely than not that President Trump and Dr. Eastman dishonestly conspired to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021,” Carter wrote in the 44-page ruling.

Carter ruled that Trump and Eastman violated the Electoral Count Act, which has governed the process of casting and counting of electoral votes since 1887.

The ruling may be the first time in history that a federal judge found a president may have committed a crime while in office.

Although the ruling has no direct role in whether Trump will be criminally charged, it increases the pressure for the Justice Department, which has vowed to pursue criminal cases related to the Capitol riot at any level.

“If Dr. Eastman and President Trump’s plan had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power, undermining American democracy and the Constitution. If the country does not commit to investigating and pursuing accountability for those responsible, the Court fears January 6 will repeat itself,” Carter said.


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