Attorney General Merrick Garland has come under fire for allegedly failing to indict any key Trump allies in connection with the Jan. 6 insurgency at the US Capitol.
However, one national security expert claimed on Sunday that we may not know whether arrests have taken place.
The man who taught Garland constitutional law at Harvard Law School has been one of his most vocal detractors.
“Merrick Garland will be one of the greatest Attorneys General in American history, bar none. As my brilliant con law student, a principled prosecutor, and later a superb DC Circuit judge, he has displayed integrity, courage, fair-mindedness, and humanity,” Laurence Tribe tweeted just hours before Trump supporters attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Tribe has grown dissatisfied with Garland’s public performance in the year since.
The timeline of the Mueller probe, according to security researcher Marcy Wheeler, who goes by the online pseudonym “empty wheel,” reveals the Department of Justice may not be going any slower in its inquiry as of Jan. 6.
I had a good conversation with @chrislhayes about the urgent need for DOJ to conduct a thorough criminal investigation of ALL the leaders of the coup plot and the insurrection, including Trump, and NOT wait for the Jan 6 committee to finish its work. That’d be too late: https://t.co/fi9v3bY4ae
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) December 24, 2021
Rule 1-7.400(C), DOJ Justice Manual:
“When the community needs to be reassured that the appropriate law enforcement agency is investigating a matter . . . confirmation of an ongoing investigation may be necessary, subject to [the AG’s] approval.” — h/t Robert Hubbell.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) December 29, 2021
“A lot of people like to claim WE’D (sic) know if DOJ had taken actions to investigate Trump and say that DOJ is moving too slowly as compared the lightning (sic) fast Mueller investigation.” she wrote, referring to ex-Trump aide George Papadopoulos.
She pointed out that we didn’t find out about Manafort’s arrest until much later in the investigation.
“Admittedly Paul Manafort was searched a day earlier, though we didn’t learn about THAT (sic) until August 9 (so the equivalent of January 15,” she noted.
Garland may clear things up by declaring a probe, which is authorized under DOJ standards in certain instances, according to Tribe.
As additional details about the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol become known, concerns about then-President Donald Trump’s role are rising, including what he was doing for hours while even his political supporters pleaded with him to help.
Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), a former state prosecutor, spoke with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on Monday on what she would advise Attorney General Merrick Garland to do in order to persuade grand jury members to arrest Trump criminally.
She urged prosecutors to show jurors what it was like for Trump to be watching television coverage of the rioting at the time.
According to individuals who were present in the White House on January 6, Trump was glued to the television, ecstatic about the love he was receiving from his fans. The text messages, emails, phone calls, and desperate requests for aid that McCaskill and his team were receiving were all indications of Trump’s malevolent intent, according to McCaskill.
“We can go through and we can put the images at a specific time,” she explained.
“And we can then fill in the text messages, the phone calls that were flooding the White House saying, get him to call them off. Now, what was he watching on TV at those moments? He was watching windows being broken. He was watching police officers being stabbed with flag poles. He was watching people hang from the balcony in the Senate. He was watching people carry around government property proudly like trophies in the capital. And, frankly, he was watching a confrontation at the door of the house where someone was killed.”