Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Weissmann has revealed that former President Donald Trump could get “significant jail time” if convicted in the January 6 indictment.
Weissmann made the comments on Tuesday in an interview on MSNBC’s “Deadline. The former federal prosecutor claimed Trump was the leader of the January 6 protesters, noting that it would be an insult for the former president not to get significant jail time.
Weisman’s comments come after a federal judge sentenced Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio to 22 years in prison for charges related to the January 6 protest. During sentencing, Judge Timothy Kelly said he handed Tarrio the lengthy jail time because the strongest message had to be sent.
-Enrique Tarrio sentenced to 22 yrs despite not even being in DC on Jan 6th
-Joe Biggs sentenced to 17 yrs for shaking a capitol fence on J6th
-Proud Boys convicted of conspiracy despite the court admitting they had no plan to "storm the Capitol"
-4 known suicides of peaceful…
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Weissmann maintained that Torrio’s sentence is a bad sign of what is to come for President Trump if he is convicted.
“This is not a good thing for Donald Trump,” Weissmann said. “I have said this repeatedly. It’s obviously just a prediction, but for the judges in D.C. like Judge Chutkan, who have seen all January 6 cases, the leaders of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers doing significant time. The idea that the general, the person who you have pointed out who is alleged to have led this and for whom they were acting, the idea that Donald Trump will not be sentenced to jail if he is convicted seems remote to me because the judges are living through this and seeing all these other defendants. And it’s an insult to the rule of law that people who are underlings would get this sentence and the leader would not.”
The leader of the Proud Boys got 22 years in prison for J6 and he wasn’t even there
Does this mean we can start imprisoning BLM’s leaders for what happened during the summer of 2020? pic.twitter.com/hcNpksmEdq
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) September 5, 2023
Tarrio, who is the son of Cuban immigrants, was found guilty of seditious conspiracy by a federal jury in Washington, D.C., in May. The Proud Boys leader received the longest jail time of any of the January 6 defendants.
A Proud Boys leader got 17 years in prison for “tearing down a fence” on J6
A New York lawyer got 15 months for firebombing a police car during the BLM riots
Does this seem like equal justice to you? pic.twitter.com/hLwbBvezRv
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) August 31, 2023
Two other Proud Boy members, Joe Biggs and Ethan Nordean, have also been convicted of charges related to the January 6 protest. Judge Kelly sentenced Biggs to 17 years in prison while Nordean got 18 years.