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Attorney General Merrick Garland did not rule out the possibility of indicting former President Trump for the events of January 6, 2021.
Garland sat down with NBC Nightly News host Lest Holt for an exclusive interview, to discuss the ongoing federal investigation into the rioters who stormed the US Capitol that day.
Asked if impeaching a former president would further divide the country, Garland said the US Justice Department will seek justice “without fear or favor.”
“We intend to hold everyone accountable, anyone who is criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6, for any attempt to interfere with the lawful transfer of power from one administration to another, that is what we do,” he said.
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Garland reiterated his answer when asked if the Justice Department would go ahead with the prosecution, even in the event of a Trump candidacy in 2024.
Garland further emphasized what he viewed as the importance of the January 6 Committee, calling it “an important part of democracy.”
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“I think this is an important part of us not downplaying or suppressing how important that day was and I think the audiences did an extremely good job of reminding us and for people who didn’t know in the first place, telling us how important that day was,” he said. .