You turn to us for voices you won't hear anywhere else.

Sign up for Democracy Now!'s Daily Digest to get our latest headlines and stories delivered to your inbox every day.

Rep. Ro Khanna: It’s Not Enough to Charge Jan. 6 Rioters. Accountability Must “Go Up the Food Chain”

Media Options

The January 6 hearings have provided jaw-dropping revelations about former President Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results and his role in unleashing a deadly mob on the Capitol, but the House committee has not yet recommended criminal charges against Trump. Congressmember Ro Khanna says whether to charge the former president is ultimately the Justice Department’s call, but he stresses the need for accountability. “It’s not enough for the Justice Department to just prosecute the individuals who showed up on January 6,” Khanna says. “I’m hoping that the accountability will go up the food chain.”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: Finally, I want to switch gears and just ask, because of the January 6th insurrection hearings: Do you think President Trump should be criminally charged?

REP. RO KHANNA: I believe that the January 6th committee should send a referral to the Justice Department. That’s not for me to say, but I will say this. It’s not enough for the Justice Department to just prosecute the individuals who showed up on January 6th. They need to hold accountable the people who tried to overturn our democratic results by having fraudulent schemes, questioning results that were totally valid. And I’m hoping that the accountability will go up the food chain.

AMY GOODMAN: Merrick Garland? Do you think the attorney general is moving too slowly?

REP. RO KHANNA: I would like to see there be more accountability for people at the top. I understand his job is difficult, not from a political perspective. I think he wants to make sure that when he indicts, he can convict. No prosecutor wants to indict and then have an acquittal, which would be even worse than not indicting. So, I’ve given him the benefit of the doubt. But I think there will be a lot of dissatisfaction in this country if the only people charged are those who were caught up in a mob for a day, went there and engaged in the insurrection, and the people who were actually plotting the overturning of the results are left without accountability.

AMY GOODMAN: Ro Khanna, we want to thank you for being with us, Democratic congressman from California, speaking to us from Fremont.

Well, we move from Ro to Roe. Well, that is, with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the battleground for abortion access now shifts to the states. Even as the U.S. faces the worst rates of maternal mortality among all rich nations, with Black mothers facing three to four times the mortality rate of the national average, we’ll speak with the directors of a new documentary called Aftershock. Stay with us.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Next story from this daily show

“Aftershock”: Film Explores Disproportionate Black Maternal Mortality in U.S., Could Worsen After Roe

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation