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Editorial: Holding Trump accountable for his role in Capitol riot is crucial

The US has little credibility to claim global leadership or moral authority if it is unable to defend its own democracy

Donald Trump: the former US president continues to peddle the lie that the election he lost to Joe Biden by a decisive margin in 2020 was ‘stolen’

On January 6 last year, a mob incited by a sitting president launched a violent assault on the US Capitol, the grandiose edifice in Washington that is home to the Congress of the American people. It was the most atrocious act of sedition against the Republic and its institutions since the Civil War, and it was broadcast live to a horrified world.

Some of the mob leaders – neo-Nazis, nativists, conspiracy-mongers and assorted crackpots – ...