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Is Trump the Next Jan. 6 Defendant?

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“Primarily based on the proof, the Court docket finds it extra doubtless than not that President Trump corruptly tried to impede the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.” That sentence, from a Monday ruling by a federal decide, has echoed within the press, with the implication that Mr. Trump might quickly be indicted.

Higher tread rigorously right here. Decide David Carter’s sweeping assertion is lower than meets the attention. The slender dispute in Decide Carter’s court docket was whether or not the Home might entry the emails of John Eastman, a former legislation professor who gave Mr. Trump terrible authorized steerage. If the Home committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot takes his opinion as a cause to name for prosecuting Mr. Trump or his advisers, it might drag the nation right into a authorized minefield and a political-revenge brawl extra befitting a banana republic.