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Prosecuting Trump Must Be Job One, Constitutional Expert Explains — Here’s Why

Laurence Tribe, a prominent professor of constitutional law, has shared his opinion fairly frequently that allowing Donald Trump to get away with lying about the 2020 election in a way that has riled up his supporters and resulted in an attack on U.S. Democracy would set a dangerous precedent. In op-eds this month, he lays out the path to prosecution, and the reason that he feels its necessary.

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Tribe wrote for the Boston Globe‘s opinion section, saying that Attorney General Merrick Garland needs to make addressing the attempted coup “Job One.” He says that it’s possible this is going on behind the scenes, since Federal criminal investigations are typically done with a measure of secrecy, but emphasizes that it must be a priority, because if not, nothing will prevent it from happening again.

Tribe describes Trump as going on a “veritable ‘sore loser’ crime spree,” and says AG Garland is ” the final line of defense for our constitutional democracy.”

He says that Trump’s actions in office have “laid bare the defects” in the system the U.S. set up to protect the people from the government, and suggests that if he goes unpunished, there will be recurrences.

Tribe and other legal experts — Joyce White Vance and Barbara McQuade wrote for the Washington Post earlier this month, laying out what they call a ‘roadmap’ for investigators. They offer guidance on how prosecutors might find that evidence supports charges including conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding.

“Unless there are serious criminal consequences,” Tribe warned in a tweet last week, “this will recur until it succeeds and ends democracy forever.”



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