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January 15, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) introduced a resolution that would direct the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into President Donald J. Trump for his involvement in and incitement of the deadly attack upon the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. 
“What happened on Jan 6 is a serious crime. Donald Trump must be investigated for his role in inciting and perpetuating this crime,” said Congressman Boyle. “Provided there is sufficient evidence, as I strongly believe there is, Donald Trump must be indicted, arrested, and put on trial. And if convicted, he should go to prison.” 
Congressman Boyle’s resolution directs the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into the president’s actions on January 6, 2021. In his rally to the crowd that attacked the Capitol, President Trump called on his supporters to act with violence by saying “if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country.” His actions rise to an incitement and solicitation of violence (18 U.S. Code § 373) as well as seditious conspiracy against the United States (18 U.S. Code § 2384), punishable by a maximum twenty year sentence. Given the Department of Justice directive prohibiting criminal charges against a sitting president, this resolution calls for the investigation to begin once President Trump leaves office at noon on January 20.