Michael Moore thinks former President Donald Trump is headed to prison.
The liberal firebrand filmmaker posted a celebratory tweet to mark Trump’s exit from the White House on Wednesday.
‘He has just left the White House for good,’ the acclaimed producer of hit films like Roger & Me and Bowling for Columbine tweeted on Thursday.
‘We the people have evicted him. I will go ahead & cancel the U-Haul.’
Moore added: ‘He now flies over the wreckage he has created, knowing we are not done with him.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
‘Trial. Conviction. Imprisonment.
‘He must pay for his actions - a first-ever for him.’
Michael Moore (left), the liberal filmmaker behind such hits as Roger & Me and Bowling for Columbine, thinks former President Donald Trump (right) is headed to prison
‘We the people have evicted him. I will go ahead & cancel the U-Haul,’ Moore tweeted. ‘He now flies over the wreckage he has created, knowing we are not done with him.' He then added: ‘Trial. Conviction. Imprisonment.'
The tweet included a screenshot from television footage showing Trump and his wife, former First Lady Melania Trump, walking toward Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House for the final time on Wednesday.
The ‘trial’ Moore is referring to could be the upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate.
Days before he left office, Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives for the second time in his presidency - the first time a sitting president has been impeached twice.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The House approved a single article of impeachment accusing the president of ‘incitement to insurrection’ for his role in the January 6 MAGA riot at the United States Capitol.
On that day, Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden’s election victory.
Trump, who was pressuring Republican lawmakers not to certify the election results, spoke at a rally near the White House during which he urged his supporters to march toward the Capitol.
‘We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women," Trump told his supporters.
‘We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness.
‘You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.’
“After this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you,” Trump said.
At one point in the speech, Trump told the crowd they should “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Trump returned to the White House after the remarks and reportedly watched the attack on television.
After the speech, mobs of the president’s supporters stormed the barricades surrounding the Capitol and ransacked the building, sending members of Congress to secure rooms in fear for their lives.
Five people died, including a police officer and a rioter who was shot while trying to break into the House Chamber.
Trump is set to stand trial in the United States Senate after the House impeached him a second time earlier this month for 'incitement to insurrection.' Trump gave a speech to supporters on January 6 urging them to march to the US Capitol, where MAGA rioters ransacked the building
Thousands of pro-Trump protesters descended on the Capitol Wednesday, January 6 in an attempt to stop Congress from voting to certify the election for Joe Biden
In the Senate trial, two-thirds of the members - or 67 senators - would need to find Trump guilty in order to convict him.
If Trump is convicted, the Senate could then move to bar him from ever holding public office again.
Still, Trump is unlikely to face criminal charges in connection with the violent siege on the Capitol because of the country’s broad free speech protections, some legal experts said.
He has since disavowed any responsibility for the storming of the Capitol, telling reporters his words have been analyzed ‘and everybody ... thought it was totally appropriate.’
There is a chapter of US law dealing with 'subversive activities.'
One federal law makes it a crime to engage in 'rebellion or insurrection' against the federal government.
Another statute, known as seditious conspiracy, prohibits conspiracies to 'overthrow' the US government or seize government property by force.
The District of Columbia has its own criminal code, which says anyone who 'willfully incites or urges other persons to engage in a riot' shall face a fine or up to 180 days in prison.
Trump would have a strong argument that he engaged in free speech protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, legal experts said.
Trump can argue that his rhetoric was sufficiently ambiguous, and that when he said 'fight' he did not mean attack the Capitol, they said.
In a seminal 1969 case, the Supreme Court overturned the conviction of an Ohio Ku Klux Klan leader, Clarence Brandenburg, for his brief speech at a rally urging a dozen followers to go to Washington and attack politicians.
The court said prosecutors have to prove speech is directed at inciting “imminent lawless action” and it has to be likely to produce that action.
A top prosecutor in the District of Columbia, Ken Kohl, on January 8 told reporters that he did not expect to see a criminal case against Trump for inciting violence.
Smith said he thought the Biden administration would be wary of bringing a 'prosecution that pushes the boundaries of constitutional law' right after taking over from Trump.
'That would be pretty aggressive.'
As a private citizen, Trump could very well face legal woes on a number of fronts.
Since taking office in January 2017, Trump has been besieged by civil lawsuits and criminal investigations of his inner circle.
The probe originally focused on hush money payments that Trump’s former lawyer and self-described fixer Michael Cohen paid before the 2016 election to two women who said they had sexual encounters with Trump, which the president has denied.
Vance, a Democrat, has suggested in recent court filings that his probe is now broader and could focus on bank, tax and insurance fraud, as well as falsification of business records.
Republican Trump has called Vance’s case politically motivated harassment.
The case has drawn attention because of Vance’s efforts to obtain eight years of Trump’s tax returns.