The Attorney General argued that prosecutors are methodically building cases against the most serious offenders in the attack on the Capitol.
…from the Washington Post
[ Editor’s Note: I don’t know why Garland waited to say what he did today, as I see nothing that could not have been said a few months ago. Yes, we knew he was sensitive about protecting the DoJ from wading into ‘political’ situations, but an attack on the Capitol is hardly a political event.
Today he did not even address the nation directly, but he addressed the DOJ staff, and let the public listen to the address.
The delay had me concerned, as the dearth of news on the planners and plotters in my estimation lessened the fear of those in the ongoing coup.
I had been concerned with the lack of visible arrests over the threat attacks on election workers. That issue alone deserved a national talk by Garland.
But today was finally the day, and tomorrow we will have another, thankfully without the Orange Buffoon’s gate crashing with his now cancelled Mara Largo event. Thank you Senate Republicans.
The Nation is still at risk, still under threat, and we all have some unpleasant work to do if we are to turn the clock back to where we all thought that something like this could never happen. Remember that when you think you might be too busy to pitch in now.
Our ex-President is a desperate and dangerous man, with a lot of dangerous followers. He has everything on the line, and will not be shy about doing anything possible to save himself. He is public enemy number 1. WaPo has a link to Garland’s complete address here… Jim W. Dean ]
First published January 5, 2021
Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday pushed back against criticism of the Justice Department’s response to the Jan. 6 attack, arguing that prosecutors are methodically building cases against the most serious offenders.
Speaking via video link to Justice Department employees nationwide, Garland also suggested that those who did not play a physical role in the insurrection could face charges over their involvement.
“The actions we have taken thus far will not be our last,” Garland said Wednesday, speaking in the Justice Department’s Great Hall in an address that was broadcast live online and by cable news channels.
“The Justice Department remains committed to holding all January 6th perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law — whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy. We will follow the facts wherever they lead.”
…The attorney general did not name the former president or those close to him, and many of his statements were common-sense assurances that could be said of any investigation.
Still, they seemed designed to address complaints that the department was not taking a broad enough view of possible crimes connected to Jan. 6, or looking at sufficiently high-profile targets, including Trump.
“We build investigations by laying a foundation. We resolve more straightforward cases first because they provide the evidentiary foundation for more complex cases,” Garland said, adding later, “There cannot be different rules for the powerful and the powerless.”
You can read the full Post article here.