Randall D. Eliason, “Yes or no on Mueller report criminal charges? Don’t let Trump just run out the clock,” Washington Post,” February 7, 2022 (4:47 p.m. EST).
When the history of Joe Biden’s presidency is written, it will record that his administration, under Attorney General Merrick Garland at the Justice Department, adopted a policy of granting impunity to Donald Trump and his associates for the very serious crimes they apparently committed during Trump’s presidency.
The consequences of that policy of impunity have been grave, and in the future may have even more disastrous consequences for the future of democracy in the United States.
Eliason lays out a compelling case for prosecution of Trump for the instances of obstruction of justice detailed in the Mueller Report. As an adjunct professor of white collar crime at George Washington University and a former prosecutor at DOJ, he is understandably restrained in his criticism of the Justice Department.
The rest of us do not have to be so diffident. What Merrick Garland has done by not prosecuting Trump and his associates is a monstrous outrage. Garland has effectively decided that they are above the law.
Aside from the deference Eliason shows toward Garland and Justice Department prosecutors, his op-ed represents a powerful critique of Garland’s policy of impunity at the Justice Department. It is worth reading and pondering closely.
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