Former Metropolitan police officer Michael Fanone said Saturday that there’s “ample probable cause” to charge Donald Trump with crimes in last 12 months’s revolt.
The rule of law has to mean something, he said in an interview on CNN with Jim Acosta.
“I’ll be honest: I don’t have the best of hopes” that Trump can be charged, he added.
Fanone was horrifically beaten by Trump supporters who breached the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, 2021. He was sprayed within the face with bear mace, viciously attacked with metal poles, dragged down stairs, electroshocked multiple times with stun guns, and suffered at the very least one heart attack.
He resigned late last 12 months after returning to duty following months of treatment for physical and emotional injuries.
Fanone, a one-time Trump supporter, suspects there’s an intention, including by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, to wreck the previous president politically without putting him through an “ugly” trial.
“But I don’t think that’s enough. It’s not enough for me,” he told Acosta. “And I don’t think it’s enough for many Americans who want … to return to the rule of law.”
He added: “My understanding of that’s that nobody in America is above the rule of law. If there’s probable cause to suggest that he [Trump] committed these crimes — I believe we’ve seen ample probable cause — he must be arrested. The case must be put before a grand jury and in the event that they indict him, he must be tried.”
Try his interview within the clip below: