Jennifer Rubin, in her Washington Post opinion column on January 3, 2021, argues that the January 6 Investigation committee and the House of Representatives should send criminal referrals of Donald Trump to the Justice Department.
This is an understandable but highly mistaken recommendation.
As one commentator wrote in the comment section for her article,
This is a job for the Justice Department, which is already egregiously delinquent in not indicting Trump.
Criminal prosecution is not the job of the House or the Senate. We have a Justice Department for that.
If anything, House Democrats should launch impeachment hearings for Merrick Garland, who has violated his oath not to let political considerations influence his prosecutorial decisions, and his oath of office to uphold and enforce the laws.
Deferring prosecution, for any reason, means delay, impunity, and failing to dismantle Trump’s propaganda bubble. That means losing Congress in 11 months–eleven months–and perhaps the presidency in 2024.
Garland must indict Trump today. If he doesn’t, Democrats must impeach Garland tomorrow.
Merrick Garland is the wrong man for the job of Attorney General, a meek milk-toast who won’t do anything unless Democrats light a fire under him.
End impunity! Indict Trump today!
“Democrats should impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland–UPDATED December 24, 2021,” The Trenchant Observer, December 24, 2021.
The Democrats and “little d” democrats in the House and the Senate are in the middle of an all-out war with the Republicans for the future of the Republic–even if they are unaware of this fact, as often appears to be the case.
Merrick Garland has demonstrated in his year in office–beyond a shadow of a doubt–that he is not the General America needs to lead a victorious army to conquer the anti-democratic forces seeking to overthrow the Constitution and the rule of law in the United States.
A year of impunity for Trump and his felonious co-conspirators is enough, enough already.
Joe Biden must immediately replace Garland with a new Attorney General who will quickly move to indict Trump and his Republican co-conspirators. Biden might find Garland a job he can’t refuse, whether as an appellate judge or something else,
If Biden falters, House Democrats should quickly begin impeachment proceedings against Garland for failing to indict Trump and enforce the laws.
It is time to replace or remove Garland, and to end the state of impunity in the country that allows Trump to run around organizing his forces for the next Republican attempt to seize power by unconstitutional means.
End impunity now!
The Trenchant Observer