A US judge on Monday charged former President Donald Trump with conspiring to obstruct Congress in an attempt to overturn the election results.
The judge said Trump “probably” committed a crime by trying to pressure his vice president to obstruct Congress and overturn his election loss on January 6, 2021.
This came in a ruling that concluded that the US House committee investigating the deadly attack on Capitol Hill had the right to see emails written by John Eastman, who was one of Trump’s lawyers at the time. moment, the former president.
Los Angeles District Court Judge David Carter said Trump’s plan to overturn his loss in the November 2020 vote to Joe Biden amounted to an attempted “coup.”
“The court found that President Trump likely attempted to … obstruct a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021. The plan’s violation of law was clear,” Carter said in a written decision.
Representatives for Trump did not respond to requests for comment.
Congress was in session to certify the victory of President-elect Joe Biden on January 6, 2021, before the building (the Capitol) witnessed an assault by Trump supporters who raised flags bearing his name and the slogan of his “Make America Great Again” campaign. .”
That incident resulted in the deaths of 5 people, including a Capitol Forces police officer, while Washington DC was on lockdown and National Guard forces were deployed during President-elect Biden’s January 20 inauguration.