Let’s face it, it’s beyond awkward for the Biden Department of Justice to investigate Donald Trump while he’s running for President — especially when his most likely opponent at this stage is Joe Biden himself.
Attorney General Merrick Garland understands that, which is why he announced Friday that he would relinquish direct control of the investigation and hand it over to a special counsel, Jack Smith. The final decision on whether to charge Trump will still fall to Garland, but Smith will now direct the investigation himself, making all decisions about subpoenas, searches, interviewing witnesses, and the like.
So what exactly are Trump and leading Republicans bitching about when they protest the move? Why are they pretending this is Biden’s team giving? greater Control of investigations – the exact opposite of the truth?
“It is so unfair!” said Trump. “It’s so political.”
“I think it’s very worrying,” said former Vice President Mike Pence.
“Impeach Merrick Garland!” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted.
This bloating is predictable and dangerous. The MAGA Republicans are trying to instill distrust in the Justice Department and the FBI to protect their chief criminal from the scrutiny he deserves. They know that if they say the Justice Department is corrupt and the FBI is off the leash, millions of crazy MAGA supporters will believe them. It’s a political stunt, and if it leaves behind a pile of stinking cynicism that undermines the rule of law, then so be it. Someone else can clean up the mess.
The good news is that Garland dismissed her nonsense from the start and acted with meticulous fairness and unwavering determination. “No one is above the law in this country,” he says.
His choice for Special Counsel is Jack Smith, a circuit attorney with extensive experience in politically sensitive cases. Trump and his allies will no doubt smear him over the weeks, but the evidence shows no trace of partisanship on his part.
After handling several high-profile crime cases in New York, Smith was transferred to Washington in 2010 to lead the Public Integrity Unit, which deals with corruption cases. He urged the end of investigations he felt were dragging on too long, including one into Texas Rep. Tom DeLay, the former Republican House Speaker. He later filed criminal charges against John Edwards, a former Democratic senator from North Carolina and the 2004 nominee for vice president.
Does that sound like a partisan Democrat willing to use the law for political ends?
Trump announced his candidacy much earlier than normal, and it will cost him money. The Republican National Committee will no longer cover its legal fees, and donors will be limited when legislation limiting contributions goes into effect. He made the move anyway, no doubt hoping he’ll give Garland pause by increasing the political heat.
It won’t work because Garland isn’t a political hacker like Trump’s gang of misfits. In fact, some legal experts believe in Smith’s appointment could speed up the investigation, as Smith’s decisions are not subject to the bureaucratic scrutiny that can cause delays. He is tough and has a chance to be quicker.
As for Trump, here’s a suggestion: if you don’t want the FBI sniffing your dick, don’t remove classified documents from the White House or plan to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. And pay your damn taxes.
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