Former Acting Attorney General Neil Katial said Wednesday that despite legal experts’ comments on the First Amendment issue in the indictment, former President Donald Trump will not be allowed to enter the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. He claimed he would “almost certainly” be convicted on charges stemming from the riot.
“Generally, I think the Jack Smith indictment here is straight-forward and narrow-minded, but hey, it packs a punch,” said Katial, host of MSNBC’s Deadline: The White House show Nicole Told Wallace. After securing 37 indictments against Trump in June based on an alleged investigation into classified documents, Special Counsel Jack Smith said: Secured four prosecutions. (Related: ‘No conclusive evidence’: Alan Dershowitz says Jan. 6 indictment against Trump is unlikely to ‘survive’)
“I feel like this is calculated and I almost certainly will be convicted,” she said. “Obviously Trump is entitled to a presumption of innocence, and Jack Smith must prove it beyond reasonable doubt. I’ve seen a lot of evidence, conspiracies, states, etc., and this seems like a very strong case.Mr. Trump, like the other defendants, will have to spend the day in court, but the day will be his. I never expected it to work for me.”
Legal experts said many of the acts Smith claimed to be criminal in the indictment appear to be protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley told Fox News Tuesday night that “a lot of it turns into haiku when you put red pen in First Amendment-protected content.” rice field.
Kurt Schlichter, a columnist and attorney for Townhall.com, said, “It consists of 45 pages of First Amendment-protected activity, with four captions listing conspiracy charges that do not apply. It is being done,” he said. tweeted Tuesday.
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said the indictment attacked not only the First Amendment, but also the rights of attorneys under President Trump’s Sixth Amendment.
“There’s a very, very dangerous indictment, dangerous for the First Amendment, and dangerous for the Sixth Amendment, because it goes straight to Trump’s lawyers, and their names, too. They’re silently naming unindicted co-conspirators, and they’re basically saying they’re criminals for advising Trump, ‘how to challenge the election,’ Dershowitz said. He told Fox Business presenter Larry Kudrow on Wednesday.
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