Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Calls For Probe of ‘Weaponization of Government’ Against Trump in Jan. 6 Cases


Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., expressing his stance on recent events, called attention to what he perceived as a troubling use of government authority and raised questions about the handling of the January 6th Capitol riot.

Concern over Government Weaponization

Kennedy voiced his displeasure, stating that he was “disturbed” by the “weaponization of government against” former President Donald Trump. He emphasized the need for an unbiased rule of law and expressed his intention to appoint a special counsel to investigate potential political motivations in the prosecution of individuals involved in the Capitol riot. This move aligns with his belief that impartial governance is crucial for true democracy.

Jan. 6: Understanding the Event’s Nature

While acknowledging that the actions of some protesters on January 6th were illegal, Kennedy questioned whether it was truly an insurrection. He highlighted the absence of weapons and concrete plans to seize control of the government, as well as Trump’s calls for peaceful protest. Kennedy argued that, according to some reasonable people, there was limited evidence to support the characterization of the event as an insurrection.

Concerns about Prosecutorial Conduct

Kennedy expressed concern that the vigor of the prosecution, the harsh treatment of defendants, and the lengthy sentences imposed in the Jan. 6th cases may have been influenced by political objectives. He pointed to this as a possible instance of “the weaponization of government agencies” against political opponents.

Partisan Exploitation of Jan. 6

Kennedy criticized both Republicans and Democrats for using the Jan. 6th events to fuel partisan divisions. He urged for a focus on governing and for elections to be won at the ballot box, rather than through legal maneuvers or dishonest tactics.

Criticisms and Concerns

Kennedy also acknowledged that both Trump and President Biden have presided over periods marked by a worsening national debt, chronic disease epidemic, government corruption, erosion of civil liberties, and foreign military entanglements. He suggested that the lack of substantial differences between major political parties might contribute to their reliance on demonizing opponents.

Ongoing Legal Developments

Kennedy’s comments come amid ongoing legal proceedings related to both Trump and the events of Jan. 6th. Special Counsel Jack Smith is currently prosecuting Trump on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights. The former president has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The U.S. Supreme Court is also set to hear arguments on April 25th on the issue of presidential immunity, considering whether Trump is immune from prosecution in Smith’s case. The outcome of these proceedings will undoubtedly shape the legal landscape surrounding both the former president and the legacy of Jan. 6th.

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