Democrats have been clear that the goal of the partisan Jan. 6 congressional committee is to bring evidence of wrongdoing to the Justice Department so that Trump can be charged and disqualified from running for office again.
Holder, who ran the DOJ during the Obama administration, said he thinks this outcome is unlikely, but argued Trump will likely face criminal charges from the Georgia state prosecutor who is investigating Trump for allegedly interfering in the state’s 2020 election process first.
″My guess is that by the end of this process, you’re going to see indictments involving high-level people in the White House, you’re going to see indictments against people outside the White House who were advising them with regard to the attempt to steal the election,” Holder said.
“And I think ultimately you’re probably going to see the president, former president of the United States indicted as well,” he added.
The DOJ is reportedly presenting evidence and testimony before two federal grand juries in Washington, D.C. One of the grand juries is investigating claims that Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election’s results, and another is investigating Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 Capitol protests.
Trump’s legal team is reportedly preparing for possible charges related to Jan. 6, and has put together a defense strategy for the former president.
Two potentials include shifting blame from Trump to some of his former advisers who “should have or must have known better” yet gave him “some terrible advice” anyway, or arguing that Trump was well within his First Amendment rights to say and do as he did.