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DOJ Insiders Are Getting Frustrated With Merrick Garland’s ‘Foot-Dragging’ Over Charging Trump’s Cronies

DOJ Insiders Are Getting Frustrated With Merrick Garland’s ‘Foot-Dragging’ Over Charging Trump’s Cronies

In a new opinion column for The Daily Beast, political analyst David Rothkopf expresses his frustration at the lack of indictments for those who helped plot the January 6th insurrection and explains that his feelings are shared by some in the Department of Justice who are working under Attorney General Merrick Garland.

In the piece, which is available by subscription, Rothkopf points out that the clock is ticking as the midterm elections approach and the Republicans look to regain their majority in Congress. Like many others who have voiced concerns that the investigation is taking far too long, Rothkopf worries a GOP-controlled House would likely shut down the select committee investigating the Capitol riot as one of its first tasks. There is a greater sense of urgency now for the DOJ to expedite indictments that would compel associates of Trump to be more willing to offer up information that could make the House’s work easier.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 27: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about oversight of the Department of Justice on October 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis-Pool/Getty Images)

Rothkopf says that while the criminal indictment of former White House advisor Steve Bannon is a good start, Garland really needs to pick up the pace. According to Rothkopf, legal experts he consulted urged patience, with former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade stating that a full investigation could take up to two years. But, he added, people he spoke with at the DOJ shared his dismay with Garland’s work rate.

“A widely respected jurist, Garland was picked by [President Joe] Biden to depoliticize the DoJ and end the abuses of its power we saw under Trump appointees Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr,” Rothkopf writes. “Certainly, he has made some strides in that direction. But if the result of his de-politicization is tiptoeing around the egregious serial wrongdoing of the leaders of the Republican Party, then his efforts will have exactly the opposite of the intended effect,” he wrote before adding. “By failing to hold Trump and Co. accountable, Garland will set the stage for them to continue unabated their efforts to turn the U.S. into a one-party state in which only Republicans can win elections and any tactics they may use to hold on to power will have been effectively validated by the inaction of Garland and his DOJ.”

Garland’s behavior to date has “left me apprehensive,” Rothkopf writes. “Conversations I have had with folks inside DOJ have not eased those concerns. There, frustration with Garland begins with his management style (which insiders liken to that of a judge running his chambers in which his office is a kind of bubble apart from the department and staffed by a small team akin to the clerks he had when he was in the judiciary).”

“Given that the stakes are so high and seeing some of the decisions Garland has made, I am wondering when it is ok to become alarmed, when it is ok to become angry,” Rothkopf opines.

Read the full piece here.


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