There have been a lot of concerns raised about the investigation into the attack on the U.S. Capitol that occurred in January. While there’s a standard of closeness around the details in an active criminal investigation, Attorney General Merrick Garland was able to answer some questions for Congress, including one which may put some minds at ease.
Legal experts laid out a lot of predictions, between the date of the insurrection attempt and the date of Trump’s final Oval Office exit, about exactly what might happen, ranging from suggestions that he could be arrested as he left the White House, to considerations that Trump might be powerful enough to escape any consequences for bringing together the fans that ultimately descended on the Capitol Building. The former did not happen, and the more time that passes without any legal repercussions hitting Trump and his inner circle, the more anxious some folks grow about the possibility that none will ever come to pass.
In this CSPAN clip, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) tries to get at this point, not specifically about Donald Trump, but about any organizers and funders behind the scenes of the attack. He’s asking Garland to assure him that the investigation isn’t constrained only to those who entered the Capitol, but will “follow the money” and root out anyone who is culpable.
Attorney General Merrick Garland to @SenWhitehouse on January 6th: "The investigation is being conducted by the prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's office and by the FBI field office. We have not constrained them in any way." pic.twitter.com/gTODiH6Z08
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 27, 2021
Though Garland reiterates that he cannot comment too freely on an open investigation, he assures Whitehouse that there are no unusual constraints on the investigation, and that it is employing the usual methodologies, suggesting without saying directly that this includes Whitehouse’s specific question about funding.
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