Max Boot calls for Garland to appoint Special Prosecutor to investigate Trump’s crimes

Today, finally, a leading national opinion columnist, Max Boot, called for the Justice Department to investigate Donald Trump’s crimes.

Because Merrick Garland has been far too willing to look the other way, and has avoided investigation and indictment of Donald Trump for the many crimes he appears to have committed, many in full public view, Boot proposes Garland appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate Trump’s apparent crimes.

Garland has made a big deal over how politically independent he is, and how he won’t let political considerations influence his prosecutorial decisions.

On this point, however, he has lost all credibility, because he has already let political considerations influence if not determine his decision to not prosecute Trump.

The least he can do now is to appoint a Special Prosecutor, someone who is greatly respected for his or her vigor and independence as a prosecutor, to investigate Trump and indict and prosecute him for the crimes he seems to have committed.

Garland has been a particularly poor choice for Attorney General. That position should be occupied by a prosecutor, or at least a person of distinction with recent prosecutorial experience. 15 years sitting as an appellate judge is a poor preparation for Attorney General. We need to have an Attorney General who will aggressively investigate and prosecute cases, and who will leave the judging to grand juries and court judges.


1) Max Boot, “>Merrick Garland is right to be wary of political prosecutions. But he needs to investigate Trump,” Washington Post, October 25, 2021 (12:10 p.m. EDT).

2) “Should Trump be indicted? REVISED — A comprehensive evaluation of the arguments,” The Trenchant Observer, August 2, 2021.

3) “When will Trump be indicted?” The Trenchant Observer, May 2, 2021.

4) “IMPUNITY: The biggest and most important story no one will cover,” The Trenchant Observer, June 21, 2021.

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