On Friday, January 6th, the newly sworn-in 117th U.S. Congress undertook the normally ceremonial task of certifying the votes of the Electoral College for the 2020 Presidential Election. This year, however, was anything but normal. Hundreds of Republican representatives and senators were prepared to object to the certification. Earlier in the day, President Trump spoke to thousands assembled for a “Save America” rally, where the lame-duck President insisted he “would never concede,” and urged his followers to “fight like hell,” and “march on the Capitol.” Many did exactly that, overwhelming Capitol Police and stormed into the Capitol building, carrying firearms, zip-tie handcuffs, flags and spears. Many in the crowd tweeted that they were out to kill. At least 5 people died in the chaos, including 4 rioters and 1 police officer. A second police officer committed suicide the day after. In the aftermath of the insurrection, the call has been raised to bring to immediate justice not only the rioters, but also those who aided and abetted them, including President Trump. Joining us now to discuss the legal options available to Congress and others is Howard Schweber, Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Wisconsin.
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