Donald Trump Should Get 35 Years In Prison For Capitol Riot, Writer Says

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Author Will Black believes that former President Donald Trump should receive around 35 years in prison for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot.

"The extremists Trump groomed could get 20 years in jail for #sedition," he tweeted on Monday. 

"This case has to show that the hate preachers don't get off lightly - so with multiple charges Trump should get more like 35 years."

Black's comment was in response to a Newsweek article that spotlights the charges against the Capitol rioters.

Capitol Rioters Could Face Up To 20 Years In Prison

According to Newsweek, the Capitol rioters are facing up to 20 years in prison.

The outlet highlighted comments from federal prosecutor Michael R. Sherwin, who led the probe into the incident and claimed that the evidence supports sedition charges. Notably, sedition, which is tantamount to attempting to overthrow the government, carries a fine and up to 20 years in prison.

Sherwin made his recent remarks during an interview on CBS's 60 Minutes. During the appearance, he revealed that there are over 400 criminal cases tied to the riot, although none thus far include sedition charges.

Trump Could Be Held Responsible For The Riots

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According to Sherwin, it's possible that Trump could face charges for the actions of rioters if he is found to be "culpable" for them.

"It's unequivocal that Trump was the magnet that brought the people to D.C. on the 6th," he said.

"Now the question is, is he criminally culpable for everything that happened during the siege, during the breach?"

The former federal prosecutor noted that public statements revealed that there are "plenty of people" who are pointing to Trump as the primary driving force behind their actions.

Trump Was Impeached For Inciting Insurrection

Trump was impeached for the second time in his one term in the White House for inciting insurrection. But like the first impeachment probe, it ultimately ended with him being acquitted by the Senate.

During the trial, Trump's defense argued that Trump was not eligible for impeachment due to the fact that he was already out of office. 

In addition, the real estate mogul's defense argued that Trump's January 6 speech —  which some have suggested incited the riot — was protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Trump Could Also Face Prison For Election Crimes

Trump's role in the Capitol insurrection is just one source of potential legal problems for the former president. Elsewhere, he faces possible charges for his role in alleged election crimes. 

As noted by Mediaite, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner recently appeared on SiriumXM's The Dean Obeidallah Show and predicted that Trump would soon face repercussions for his purported election crimes in Georgia.

"Let him go on his reputation rehabilitation tour all he wants. He’s gonna get got. I’d bet a Buck on it."