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Incitement, sedition, and conspiracy – explaining Capitol crimes

The United States is in the middle of its most turbulent transition of governments in over a century.

On Jan. 6 hundreds of rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol, disrupting the constitutionally mandated counting of electoral votes by Congress and resulting in five deaths. Federal law enforcement has warned of potential violent demonstrations at every state capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.

The immediate political consequences could soon be resolved – though the aftershocks will linger. The House of Representatives this week, in a bipartisan vote, impeached President Donald Trump for a historic second time for “incitement of insurrection.” Next comes a trial in the Senate.

The legal consequences, however, may not be known for months. 

Criminal investigations into the Capitol invasion

Does President Trump face legal jeopardy then?Great, so Mr. Trump is in the clear.Isn’t it rare for former presidents to be prosecuted?What about other people? What legal trouble are they in?Sounds ominous. What will we see happen now?

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