Trump 'was working to organize a coup' -- and DOJ knows about it: Jan. 6 investigator

The House select committee has evidence showing that Donald Trump was plotting a "coup against democracy" -- and congressional investigators say the Justice Department should, too.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a member of the committee, told CNN that House investigators had uncovered evidence that Trump's plot was even more wide-ranging than his public statements of support before and after the Jan. 6 insurrection, when a mob of his supporters marched away from his "Stop the Steal" rally and into the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers certified Joe Biden's election win.

“We have filled in a lot more evidence that he wasn’t just inciting an insurrection, he was working to organize a coup against the democracy," Raskin said. "I can’t imagine that the Department of Justice would not have evidence at this point to that effect.”

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Legal expert Daniel Goldman, who served as House impeachment counsel alongside Raskin during Trump's first impeachment, agreed that federal investigators would not need a prompt from Congress to charge the former president with criminal violations related to the riot.

"This is exactly right from Rep. Raskin," Goldman tweeted. "There should be no need for a referral from the states or from Congress in order for [the Department of Justice] to investigate a clear effort to overturn the election results through fraudulent means (and, ultimately, by force on Jan. 6)."