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Merrick Garland is not ruling out prosecuting Trump over January 6

Attorney General Merrick Garland, in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Tuesday, left open the possibility that former President Donald Trump could be prosecuted in connection with inciting the Jan. 6, 2021 insurgency.

“Look, we seek justice without fear or favor,” Garland told NBC News’ Lester Holt when asked if indictment of a former president “would tear the country apart.”

“We intend to hold everyone, everyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6, accountable for any attempt to disrupt the legitimate transfer of power from one administration to another,” Garland continued. “That’s what we do.”

For more on this story, come tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks with Lester Holt on NBC's Nightly News.
Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks with Lester Holt on NBC’s Nightly News.NBC News

“So if Donald Trump were to run for president again, wouldn’t that change your timeline or how you’re progressing or not progressing?” asked Holt.

“I say again, we will hold accountable anyone criminally responsible for attempting to disrupt transmission – legitimate, lawful transfer of power from one government to the next,” Garland replied.

Garland’s comments came as the Justice Department, after weeks of testimony before the Jan. 6 bipartisan investigative committee by former Trump administration officials who claimed Trump instigated the rioters who marched into the US Capitol and that he ignored his pleas, was under increasing pressure to act decisively on their own people to stop them.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/merrick-garland-not-rule-prosecuting-trump-jan-6-rcna40092 Merrick Garland is not ruling out prosecuting Trump over January 6

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