Los Angeles Times

We can’t afford not to indict


Re “Brace for blowback if Trump is put on trial,” letters, July 26

Some letter writers expressed their opinion that former President Trump should not be charged in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

If the former president is not charged for his part in one of the darkest days in American history, then he is indeed above the law and will set an example for future presidents.

The House Jan. 6 committee has put forward overwhelmi­ng evidence that Trump encouraged the rioters, gave them direction and even later praised them, indicating that if elected again, he would consider pardoning those who were charged.

Even after hearing many Republican­s who were part of the former president’s staff confirm Trump’s role in the insurrecti­on, most Republican voters still support Trump and believe the “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from him, even though there has been no evidence to that effect.

If Trump does not face prosecutio­n and wins the presidency again, we face the possibilit­y of losing our democracy.

Edward A. Sussman

Fountain Valley

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