Donald Trump ‘deserves life in prison,’ according to the daughter of a now-imprisoned January 6 rioter.
Peyton Reffitt’s father, Guy, was sentenced to seven-years in prison on Monday for his part in the storming of the Capitol building after Trump’s defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election, but she believes it should have been Trump behind bars.
She told CBS News: “To mark my dad as this horrible person, and then having him prosecuted like this when somebody is maybe even able to get elected again? Doesn’t seem right to me.
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“Trump deserves life in prison if my father is in prison for this long.”
Although prosecutors recommended Reffitt – who was reported to authorities by his teenage son – be sentenced to 15 years in jail, his seven-year sentence is the longest of all 884 who have been charged over the 2021 riots so far.
No President of the United States has ever been prosecuted over alleged crimes that happened while they commanded the Oval Office, however, legal experts have suggested Trump could potentially be charged with ‘seeking to obstruct an official proceeding of Congress’.
Asher Hildebrand, an associate professor of the practice at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, told Business Insider: “The Committee’s evidence of Trump’s criminal liability has been so compelling that it would be shocking, in one sense, for the Department of Justice not to act.
“But ultimately, the Department of Justice pursuing criminal charges against a former President is as much a political decision as a legal one, and it remains to be seen whether it is a decision Attorney General Garland will be willing to take.”
Associate professor of national security and political science at the University of New Haven, Matthew Schmidt, told Business Insider the chances of Trump being prosecuted were ‘virtually nil,’ though.
He said: “First, because the legal standard to be able to convict him is too high, and too unprecedented to be a sure thing.
“Second, the political risk of even trying to convict a former president is too high.
“Trump running again effectively precludes any prosecution.”
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