Meghan McCain has expressed hope that former President Donald Trump will face legal consequences for the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot, even if she keeps her expectations cautiously low.
Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol 15 months ago in an apparent attempt to disrupt the official certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in a joint session of Congress.
The attack on supporters came directly after Trump told them at a rally in nearby Washington, D.C. to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell” to save their country, following its flow of disinformation about the 2020 election results.
While the former president has consistently denied any wrongdoing related to Jan. 6, the House Select Committee is investigating the events of Jan. 6 and related efforts to prevent certification of Biden’s victory.
Talk with Newsweek this week about the investigation, McCain, whose late father Sen. John McCain faced a number of verbal attacks from Trump, said there ‘must be consequences’ for the real estate mogul.
“I would love to see real legal ramifications for what happened on January 6, and who is responsible,” Meghan McCain said. Newsweek. “I get why that’s not the number one issue for American voters, because they’re worried about the economy and Russia and safety and security in big cities. I get all of that.
“But there still have to be consequences for that behavior and that kind of violence. My fear and kind of anxiety in that space is just that, I feel like I’ve been told so many times that it’s going to be the moment is going to be the thing that ultimately, you know, gets it in. It’s the trial, it’s whatever.
McCain then recounted that during his time as a panelist on ABC Viewthere was a widespread belief that Trump would face consequences over Stormy Daniels’ legal battle with the former president.
Adult film actress Daniels has been embroiled in a years-long feud with Trump over his claim that they had sex in 2006. Daniels revealed that she received $130,000 in secret money from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
“Michael Avenatti [Daniels’ former lawyer] came View like four times when I worked there,” Meghan McCain recalled, “and he was kind of like saying [of] Stormy Daniels, ‘That’s gonna be it.’”
“I feel like I’ve been told this before,” she added of the impeached president’s likelihood of being brought to justice. “And sadly, I will believe it when I see it. But of course, I would love to see the consequences of immoral and corrupt behavior. I think any rational person would and does.”
Trump denied ever having sex with Daniels. In March of this year, it was ruled that Daniels should pay Trump approximately $300,000 in attorney fees after a federal appeals court rejected his attempt to overturn a lower court’s decision in his case. libel suit against Trump.
Amid the attack on the Capitol, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California reportedly spoke with Trump by phone urging him to recall his supporters.
Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican from Washington, said Trump responded to McCarthy by saying, “Well, Kevin, I guess those people are more upset about the election than you are.”
Trump condemned the 10 House Republicans who backed his impeachment, endorsing the main challengers for most of them. Four of those GOP lawmakers have decided not to run again.
Despite claims by Trump and many of his allies, no evidence has emerged to support claims that the last presidential election was fraudulent. Dozens of election challenge lawsuits filed by the former president and his supporters have failed in state and federal courts.
Even judges appointed by Trump have dismissed the allegations. Audits and recounts across the country, including in states where elections were overseen by pro-Trump Republicans, have consistently reaffirmed Biden’s victory.
McCain, who spoke with Newsweek while promoting the paper release of his book, bad republicansaid the Capitol riot would be one of the defining factors of Trump’s legacy.
“His legacy will be one of division and conflict and January 6,” she said. “But my family, and I feel like I can speak for my six siblings and my mom, in the sense that we don’t care what a Trump thinks of my family. I won’t. never.”
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