SCOTUS raises bar for obstruction charge against Trump, J6 rioters

by ian

Today, the Supreme Court ruled on a case involving the January 6 rioters.

The court ruled 6-3 that the Justice Department had overstepped its boundaries when it charged hundreds of people at the riot with obstruction. The court also ruled that the charge could still be filed against the rioters if prosecutors could demonstrate that they were aiming to prevent the certification of the 2020 election.

This ruling means that the nearly 250 pending cases involving obstruction on January 6 could be impacted.

But this ruling could also impact obstruction charges against former President Donald Trump as his team will likely use this opinion to challenge the validity of those charges. Trump still has another case before the Supreme Court on his claim of presidential immunity.