…from the Washinton Post, Max Boot
[ Editor’s Note: These stories about the DoJ and its apparent modest fervor toward prosecuting the insurrectionists is more complicated than it appears. The low hanging fruit was a volume challenge, both in terms of those arrested and the huge evidence compiling work that was required. They effectively offered themselves up for prosecution.
As for the higher up targets, it is a totally different situation. With the rioters there was a ton of video and audio evidence, plus their social media. With the higher ups, we only had what they said at the Trump rally basically.
And surprise, surprise, the Trump White House people are not volunteering to divulge all of their planning to overthrow the election. They are focused on slowing the process down so they can make it to the 2022 elections where, by all accounts, they could control the Senate and the House and squelch the Jan 6th investigation.
Step two would be to get Trump back in with a 2024 win, where he could pardon all the insurrectionists, who would then become a lifetime Republican commando thug army to use as they wished, and probably put on the public tab somehow, maybe making them all FBI unspecial agents at large.
Guessing what Garland is going to do is a waste of time, and trying to goad him into telling us is also, as why would he want to tip off the other side what his grand plan is to defend our democracy on the court side of the battle, or what his legal strategy would be.
We have the Georgia DA who could be first to bring criminal charges against Trump for his idiotic phone calls in front of several witnesses to flip Georgia to Trump.
And we have a double header, in that we have the widely reported attempt of Trump’s trying to slip in a shill as acting Attorney General who would help turn over several other key states besides Georgia.
My bet is that Garland will work his own investigations quietly, while watching what the January 6th commission is coming up with, and he will makes his move when he feels it is the appropriate time… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … October 25, 2021
That is the thorny dilemma confronting Attorney General Merrick Garland now that the House has voted to hold former Trump White House aide Stephen K. Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with an investigation of the events of Jan. 6.
Whether or not the Justice Department prosecutes Bannon will signal whether Garland will remain content to target the rank-and-file terrorists who invaded the Capitol — to date some 650 suspects have been arrested — or whether he will go after the capos who incited the insurrection.
So far, Garland has been pretty restrained in the exercise of his prosecutorial powers when it comes to former president Donald Trump and his confederates — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The Justice Department has indicted Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a Trump friend and fundraiser, on charges of being an unregistered foreign lobbyist, and it is investigating Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani’s tangled ties to Ukraine.
The Justice Department might be pursuing other investigations in secret, but many observers think that Garland is deliberately deferring to local prosecutors, where he can, to avoid politically vexatious cases.