On January 6 2021 a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S Capitol seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election result. Rioters overran police and broke through windows chanting ‘stop the steal’ while threatening Vice President Mike Pence with violence. The moment sent shockwaves through America as people tried to understand how this could happen to the world’s most powerful democracy.
There is now growing pressure on the Department of Justice to prosecute Trump for his role in the incident after a set of public hearings revealed damning evidence of his actions. For some, the decision to prosecute is easy: no one is above the law, including Trump, and a failure to hold the former president to account would embolden him and his supporters to launch further attacks on American institutions.
But others argue that while Trump’s conduct after the November 2020 election was reprehensible, not every wrongdoing, even a highly consequential one, is a crime. Stretching the evidence to pursue a dubious prosecution would further discredit the justice system in the eyes of many Americans, likely fail, and perhaps boost Trump politically by feeding into his narrative of victimhood.
Who’s right and who’s wrong? Join the debate on Monday August 15, hear the arguments and make up your own mind.