New York City attorney Arthur Aidala says former President Trump should be worried about the criminal referrals the January 6th Committee issued to the U.S. Department of Justice. On Monday, the committee recommended several charges including obstruction an official proceeding of Congress, conspiracy to defraud the federal government, and inciting, assisting, or aiding and comforting an insurrection.
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Speaking to The First TV’s Bill O’Reilly on The No Spin News, Aidala said that although he hadn’t seen the evidence for the defense he would “definitely be concerned” about the charges. In particular, Aidala, who has served as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, noted that the conspiracy charge is particular worrisome for the 45th president.
“In federal court, proving conspiracy is a very easy thing to do–it’s a very easy thing to do,” Aidala told O’Reilly. “And if they want to get Donald Trump, and if they charge him with conspiracy, in almost any jurisdiction in the United States of America, the bar is very low to convict someone of a conspiracy.”
“Anyone who’s charged with conspiracy needs to because the federal government…when they want you, they’ll get you,” Aidala added.
The January 6th committee’s criminal referral holds no official legal weight, and a final determination in whether to charge the former president will be up to Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Justice Department.