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Watergate prosecutor names ‘best’ criminal charge for Trump, America


President Donald Trump could now be charged with a number of crimes — but a key offense would forever keep him out of federal public service, Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks told MSNBC on Friday.

Wine-Banks said the “best” crime for Trump is 18 USC § 2383 – the crime of “rebellion or insurrection” against the United States – because the punishment is more severe than just jail time.

“I think it would be awful not to act on what is now plainly obvious to anyone who watched the hearings” held by the House committee on January 6, Wine-Banks said.

“My favorite crime would be 2383 – not seditious conspiracy”, which is 2384, she added. “The reason is that the penalty for 2383 is not just jail; he is prohibited from holding federal office again,” Wine-Banks explained. “And for me, that would be a bigger goal than jailing the former president.”

Yet, based on various testimonies and evidence against Trump, she is confident that he could also be prosecuted for a number of other crimes.

“There is, of course… obstruction of Congress, obstruction of justice, witness tampering – so many things based on Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony, just hers, in those few hours, [she] exposed all of these crimes,” Wine-Banks said.

“And then you have many more,” she added.

Check out the full interview in the video clip below:

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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