Harvard Constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe explained why he thinks former President Trump should be brought to trial on charges of "insurrection" as a result of the January 6 Capitol riot during an appearance Wednesday on CNN.
LAURENCE TRIBE: He certainly gave aid and comfort to this group. He said that he loved them. He rallied them on. He cheered them on from his safe perch in front of the White House.
I’m not going to judge the evidence in advance, but it seems to me that the Department of Justice would be remiss (and my other former student, [Attorney General] Merrick Garland) would be remiss if he didn’t take seriously the possibility of charging the former president with insurrection.
After all, he has been sued under related statutes, both by Eric Swalwell and by Bennie Thompson, members of Congress. Those lawsuits I think are very strong. And with all respect to one of my favorite former students, Jeff Toobin, I think the fact that there would be legal problems in doing this for the first time is not a reason not to do it.
There's always a first time, and this was the first insurrection that we've had since the Civil War. Besides, all of the issues could go forward at the same time.