Did Trump believe his big lie? It’s irrelevant to proving his guilt.

Opinion June 23, 2022 News
Did Trump believe his big lie? It’s irrelevant to proving his guilt.

From The Washington Post | Outlook Perspective by Ryan Goodman, Norman Eisen and Barbara McQuade

Former prosecutors and other experts essentially agree that proving criminal intent poses one of the biggest legal challenges to indicting former president Donald Trump for his role in the attacks on the 2020 election. Mens rea, Latin for guilty mind, is required to convict. This generally means that the offender must have acted purposely, knowingly, recklessly or negligently in committing the criminal act.

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers’s testimony showing that Trump and his lawyers John Eastman and Rudy Giuliani engaged in a sustained effort to pressure him to betray his oath of office by taking extralegal steps to overturn the election results would be useful in any Georgia or federal prosecution to show a clear pattern of conduct.

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