In his strongest remarks yet about whether the Justice Department will indict Donald Trump for the January 6th Capitol insurrection, Attorney General Merrick Garland insisted that the case is not being ignored.
The DOJ has faced loud calls for Trump’s prosecution for over a year now, but so far it’s been the House Select Committee that has been the most aggressive at investigating him and the coup attempt he incited that day in a scheme to overthrow democracy and stay in power.
Trump was even impeached for inciting insurrection and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) admitted Trump could be prosecuted.
Thus far, mountains of evidence and a timeline of events have made it clear that Trump and his top allies, including Republican members of Congress, planned January 6th and aided the insurrectionists as much as possible. Trump even held back the National Guard and watched the violence unfold for hours on television in the hopes his ploy would succeed, only relenting when it became clear he had failed.
Despite the facts, however, the DOJ has seemingly been avoiding making any move against Trump out of fear that it will be seen as political even though Republicans are going to cry foul regardless. Some of those same Republicans belong in the cell next to Trump.
After months of criticism and pleas for him to defend democracy, Garland spoke to NPR this week and gave supporters of democracy and the rule of law hope that the DOJ is about to take action.
“We are not avoiding cases that are political or cases that are controversial or sensitive,” Garland said. “What we are avoiding is making decisions on a political basis, on a partisan basis. Every FBI office, almost every U.S. attorney’s office in the country is working on this matter. We’ve issued thousands of subpoenas, seized and examined thousands of electronic devices, examined terabytes of data, thousands of hours of videos. People are working every day, 24-7, and are fully aware of how important this is.”
“This had to do with the interference with the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another, and it doesn’t get more important than that,” Garland concluded. “We begin with the cases that are right in front of us with the overt actions and then we build from there, and that is a process that we will continue to build until we hold everyone accountable who committed criminal acts with respect to January 6th.”
Trump and his cronies should be scared. But Americans should continue pressuring the DOJ to take action. No matter when or how they proceed with prosecuting Trump, Republicans are going to accuse Garland of making a political decision. So, he might as well do it, especially since the evidence is against Trump.
The Capitol insurrection was a domestic terrorist attack against our nation orchestrated and incited by Trump, who has been desperately trying to cover up his crimes ever since. It’s time for him to face consequences.
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