They want criminal charges filed against the former president and his close associates that would lead to their arrests and the banishment of Mr. Trump from public office.
Mike Davis, a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and founder and president of the conservative Article III Project, said he suspects the FBI raided Trump’s residence and offices because the Jan. 6 probe has failed to produce incriminating evidence despite weeks of public hearings in the House and the Justice Department investigation.
“They have been pursuing this for 18 months, and they have nothing,” he said.
Mr. Davis predicted that the Justice Department will charge the former president over the classified material found in his residence, even though Mr. Trump said he was authorized to declassify the documents before leaving office.
“They’re going to try to contort the Espionage Act to go after Trump for nonclassified records,” Mr. Davis said. “They may be able to get the Democrat-stacked D.C. Circuit Court to go along with that, but the Supreme Court is not going to go along with that.”
Mr. Davis and other Republicans have warned that charging Mr. Trump with a crime will only bolster his popularity with his base.
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