Insurrection? Sedition? Unpacking the Legal Issues From the Capitol Riot

In the days since President Donald Trump’s supporters ransacked the U.S. Capitol, resulting in five deaths, prosecutors have been talking about potential charges that to many Americans sound arcane, such as sedition and seditious conspiracy. Lawmakers meanwhile voted to impeach the president for something called incitement of insurrection. The unprecedented events that shocked Americans and the rest of the world require some legal unpacking.

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