Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at investigating Trump’s Capitol riot role

Pro-Trump protesters at the Capitol Building (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
Pro-Trump protesters at the Capitol Building (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images) /

It has been nearly three months since the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol and federal investigators continue to pore over evidence and charge individuals involved in the attack. In “A Closer Look,” Seth Meyers examined how there is a case to be made for sedition charges as former President Donald Trump’s role is further investigated.

Late night television hosts such as Meyers, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Kimmel were among those pointing the finger at Donald Trump in the aftermath of the Capitol riots. Some Republicans also took the blame for enabling the former president but many of his critics have made it clear that everything started with Trump.

Earlier this year, an impeachment trial found Donald Trump not guilty of inciting an insurrection. It allowed the former president to avoid any accountability for the Capitol attack while keeping his future political options open.

But as Seth Meyers explained last night in “A Closer Look,” Trump may not be out of the woods yet. A former prosecutor for the Capitol riot says there is enough evidence for sedition charges against those who stormed the Capitol. Trump’s role in all of this is also reportedly under investigation. It was the latest in a string of bad news for Trump since leaving office.

Seth Meyers starts off “A Closer Look” by taking a detour from the main point. The Late Night host can’t help himself and has to pile on former President Donald Trump following news of his struggling finances, grounded personal plane, and COVID-19 breakout at Mar-a-Lago.

These topics make for good punchlines in a late night TV show but they are insignificant compared to what Trump could be facing for his role in the Capitol riots. Meyers highlights comments from a former lead prosecutor who believes the evidence is trending towards sedition charges against those who broke into the Capitol.

Meyers didn’t need any convincing to believe that Donald Trump was criminally culpable and fomented the insurrection. The Late Night host has dedicated plenty of “A Closer Look” installments to making that case. What Meyers wants now are consequences, saying that Trump left our democracy in the same state as his plane: grounded and in disrepair.

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