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House January 6 committee member says his main concerned is not seeing the DOJ charge Trump: ‘Our democracy is on the line here. Our Constitution is at stake’

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) speaks to reporters at the end of a hearing on the January 6th investigation in the Cannon House Office Building on June 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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  • The House committee investigating the Capitol riots recently held several public hearings. 
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin said his main concern was preventing another insurrection. 
  • He added that whether or not the DOJ files charges against Trump is not his “principal interest.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin said his “principal interest” isn’t whether or not the Department of Justice files charges against former President Donald Trump. 

On Sunday, ABC ‘This Week’ host Martha Raddatz asked Raskin: “Will you be disappointed if the Justice Department does not file charges against Donald Trump?” 

Raskin, a member of the House committee investigating the January 6 riots, replied: “Speaking for myself, that is not my principal interest. Our democracy is on the line here. Our Constitution is at stake.”

His remarks come after several recent public hearings by the committee. 

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Raskin added that he’s concerned that American democracy in the 21st century is going to be politicians upset with election results trying to overthrow it and seize power. 

“I’m principally interested in telling the American people the truth so we can fortify our institutions against whose an insurrectionist going forward,” Raskin said.

“But, I know there is a great public hunger for individual criminal accountability and I’ve got confidence in the Department of Justice and  in Attorney General Merrick Garland to do the right thing.” 

Other members of the committee, however, have said that the Justice Department should look into any crime Trump may have committed related to the January 6 riot. 

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, who sits on the panel and also leads the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC News earlier this month that he wanted to see the department examine Trump’s pursuit to stop the certification of Biden’s victory.

“I would like to see the Justice Department investigate any credible allegation of criminal activity on the part of Donald Trump,” he said. 

 

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