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A.G. Merrick Garland Promises January 6th Investigation Won’t Avoid “Political, Sensitive, Or Controversial” Cases

A.G. Merrick Garland Promises January 6th Investigation Won’t Avoid “Political, Sensitive, Or Controversial” Cases

The January 6th prosecutions are trickling through the courts, but some of the biggest names — including the former President — haven’t yet been heard. It has raised questions of whether any consequences will ever come for individuals who seem to have had roles from positions of power.

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In a new interview with NPR, Attorney General Merrick Garland attempts to put these concerns to rest. He’s not exactly saying that there’s an indictment waiting for Trump, but questioned about the widespread concern that the ex-President and others in his inner circle would escape justice for any part they’re alleged to have taken in plotting the attack, he did say this:

We are not avoiding cases that are political or cases that are controversial or sensitive. What we are avoiding is making decisions on a political basis, on a partisan basis.”

He also explained that the process is to start with the cases “right in front of us with the overt actions” and build up from those until the Justice Department can “hold everyone accountable who committed criminal acts with respect to January 6.”

As that goes, the January 6th Committee’s separate investigation has already asserted that it has evidence of crimes committed by Trump. They’ve also described his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani as “at the center of the plot.”

Earlier this week, The Hill reported that Republican lawmakers had indicated they’d consider any prosecution of Trump to be politically motivated, and that they’d expect “half the country” to feel the same. They suggested that to do so would strengthen Trump as a 2024 nominee, and backfire, as well as being met with vengeful investigations of President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

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We’ve just seen the first jury trial bring back guilty verdicts on all counts for one defendant in the attack, with another would-be defendant testifying in exchange for immunity. We’ve also seen indictments on conspiracy charges for members of multiple militia groups.

If any of these individuals had communications with government officials, the pressure is now on to be the defendant testifying in exchange for a plea bargain — rather than the one convicted.

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