A Democrat who helped lead the House January 6 committee’s investigation into Donald Trump and the efforts to overturn the 2020 election became one of the first US officials to respond to a massive protest in Brasilia, where supporters of ousted ex-president Jair Bolsonaro sought to reverse the transfer of power.
It was a chaotic scene that bore inescapable resemblances to the attack on the US Congress almost exactly two years earlier, possibly provoking the reaction from Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin.
“Democracies of the world must act fast to make clear there will be no support for right-wing insurrectionists storming the Brazilian Congress. These fascists modeling themselves after Trump’s Jan. 6 rioters must end up in the same place: prison,” he tweeted.
Mr Raskin and members of the January 6 panel expressed similar concerns about whether or not Donald Trump and some of his closest advisers would be spared from criminal charges resulting from the attack on Congress. In the end, his committee referred Mr Trump and several others to the Department of Justice for several criminal charges, though the agency is set to make its own determination on that issue through the deliberations of a special counsel in the coming weeks and months.