In the wake of the Capitol riots, the country has yet again been shaken to its core. But the repercussions may be even greater with the looming possibility of legal action. The Supreme Court has now become involved and may soon make their own impact on President Donald Trump and the insurrection.
The matter first began to take shape when a federal grand jury indicted Trump on two counts of inciting an insurrection. This included a charge of obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison. The Attorney General also announced that the Department of Justice would review any evidence in connection to Trump’s involvement in the events of January 6th.
The Supreme Court will now decide whether or not to allow the charges against Trump to move forward. This will be a complex ruling, as the Supreme Court will have to decide what level of involvement Trump had in the riots, and what legal action should be taken against him. It is possible that the Supreme Court could place restrictions on Trump, such as prohibiting him from running for public office in the future.
In addition to Trump, the Supreme Court could consider cases against any of the individuals who took part in the insurrection. According to the Department of Justice, more than 300 people have been charged in connection with the riots. The Supreme Court could potentially rule that these individuals are guilty of participating in an illegal activity, and sentence them accordingly.
The Supreme Court has an enormous responsibility on its hands. Their ruling could set a precedent for future cases of insurrection against elected officials. It is also possible that they may decide that there is not enough evidence to proceed in any of the current cases, which could have a lasting impact on how democracy is perceived in the United States.
Whatever the outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling, it will have an immense impact on Donald Trump and the insurrection. It is perhaps the closest that the nation has come to justice since the events of January 6th, and it will likely be a ruling that is remembered for years to come.