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President Biden said Trump should be prosecuted for the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol and is frustrated with AG Garland for not taking ‘decisive action,’ says report

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  • The New York Times reports that Biden has privately said Trump should be prosecuted over the Jan 6 riots. 
  • He called Trump a “threat to democracy,” according to two people familiar with his comments, said the report.
  • The president is reportedly frustrated by Attorney General Garland’s cautious approach.

President Joe Biden believes that Donald Trump should be prosecuted over the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, The New York Times reports.

 President Biden also described Trump as a “threat to democracy,” according to sources the newspaper interviewed. 

The Times said their report was based on interviews with more than a dozen people, “including officials in the Biden administration and people with knowledge of the president’s thinking.” All requested anonymity said the report.

Biden is frustrated with US Attorney General Merrick Garland, who is investigating the riots, according to people close to the president.

Biden has described Garland as a “ponderous judge” and says he wants him to take more “decisive action” over the Capitol siege, according to The Times.

Attorney General Merrick Garland departs after speaking at the Justice Department in Washington, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.Attorney General Merrick Garland departs after speaking at the Justice Department in Washington, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

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Rep. Elaine Luria, a Virginia Democrat on the House committee, set up to investigate the riots, and told Garland to “do your job so that we can do ours.”

Mary Trump, the niece of the former president, has previously said that Garland is an “idiot” for not prosecuting her uncle over the riot. 

The January 6 committee recently said in a new court filing that they believe Trump had broken the law in trying to overturn the 2020 election results. 

Ths Justice Department has recently expanded its investigation into the insurrection to include an analysis of the organization of Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally ahead of the riot at the Capitol. 

Trump has previously attempted to block investigations into the Capitol riot by claiming he and his allies are protected by executive privilege, but the White House has rejected these attempts.

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