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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice asked the House of Representatives committee investigating last year's attack on the U.S. Capitol to turn over some transcripts from interviews conducted as part of its probe, the panel's chairman said on Tuesday.

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First comment that comes to my mind --- what took them so long?

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-17 10:21 PM | Reply

First comment that comes to my mind --- what took them so long?

Whether this was always the DOJ plan (& whether the J6 committee knew it or not), important info has been developed by the J6 panel that would not have been developed had the witnesses been subpoenaed to the grand jury (as they would have pled the 5th).

If the J6 committee investigation HAD taken a back seat to a DOJ grand jury investigation, we would go years w/out knowing what any of the 1000+ witness had said. But now, we'll have a front row seat to it all beginning June 9 AND all of those transcripts can be used in the GJ!

Glenn Kirschner

Maybe, just maybe the DOJ actually knows what they're doing after all.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-05-17 10:27 PM | Reply

496 days and counting

#3 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-05-17 10:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#2 ... Maybe, just maybe the DOJ actually knows what they're doing after all....

That's always a possibility. Though front-row seat is not as important in my view as arranging a meeting between January 6 ~participants, commanders and planners~ and the rule of law.

There's also this OpEd...

OpEd: Merrick Garland Is Right to Resist Calls to Indict Trump
www.washingtonpost.com

...Some of the same people who once considered Merrick Garland a martyr to Republican villainy now consider him a disappointment, or worse, as attorney general. What they want him to do, most of all: Indict former president Donald Trump. Garland should keep disappointing them.

University of Michigan law professor Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney, has made the most thorough case for indictments. Trump pressured Vice President Mike Pence to block congressional certification of Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential race. Trump engaged in this pressure campaign even though many people -- including federal judges, state officials and his own advisers -- had indicated that he lost the election, the widescale fraud he kept invoking had not occurred, and the Constitution now demanded that Biden take office.

This course of behavior, McQuade argues, broke two laws. It was a corrupt attempt to obstruct or impede an official proceeding, and it was a conspiracy to defraud the U.S.

McQuade acknowledges that "charging Trump criminally could have profoundly negative consequences for our country," including "violent protests and civil unrest." But she concludes it would be worse to let him skate. Applauding her analysis, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin said that if Garland does not act on it, he should resign or be fired....

Trump's behavior was shameful and impeachable. It is a pity that the country did not form a consensus against it strongly enough to sustain a congressional vote to disqualify him from future office.

Whether he should be indicted for it is a different question. There are three reasons to refrain....


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-17 10:38 PM | Reply

WOW, that op ed is a surrender manifesto.

the excuses are already being written. 1. Parsing -------- thought process would be impossible therefore reasonable doubt, 2. separation of powers and republicans will use ------- indictment to go after dems (as if they need justification) 3. indictment will cause unrest

There you have the justifications dems will use to not try ------- and his minions.

What a bunch of cowards the democrats are.

Surrendering without a fight.

Enjoy today cause the future will not be pretty.

#5 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-05-17 10:49 PM | Reply

From the Op Ed

"Garland's caution, then, could be a form of statesmanship rather than cowardice."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

I told you so!

#6 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-05-17 10:50 PM | Reply

Hey dems, republicans and ----------- have ZERO interest in compromise. They will not work with you. They are interested solely in power and will do ANYTHING to assure permanent control of the government. That successfully achieved that with the Supreme Court. They are doing it in the HoR (2022), next up will be the Senate (maybe 2022, maybe 2024) and the Presidency in 2024. Soon after I envision a grand re consideration by the republican powers on the basic tenet of voting for a president.

------- coward dems, oh wait statesmen, like chamberlain.

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-05-17 10:54 PM | Reply

First comment that comes to my mind --- what took them so long?
#1 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Cowards got to cower.

496 days and counting.

#8 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-05-17 10:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"...the panel had not agreed to turn them over."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

what a ------- joke.

#9 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-05-17 10:56 PM | Reply

BTW my lock solid prediction is that the public hearings will be a very loud fart.

They will draw attention for a short period of time, stink of the room for a bit, then dissipate.

Dems will be left pointing the finger at who laid it.

#10 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-05-17 10:57 PM | Reply

I truly get the fact that indicting Trump would cause more harm than good, even though he deserves it. But he is an ex President.

But again, and I've said this repeatedly on this board - the GOP should have taken matters into their own hands and either 1. Executed the impeachment in the Senate (which they seemed ready to do at one point - McConnell thought so anyway) OR 2. ban him from representing the GOP in any future election.

It's really that simple. Have some balls either way.

#11 | Posted by brass30 at 2022-05-18 10:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The other thing to consider: you indict Trump are you going to win? Are you really going to get a full jury to convict? Are you even going to get a jury LOL The damage after a loss would be brutal for the country and Dems and well as everyday government people who are just there to do their job and who do it well.

What he did was unpatriotic, but again Trump sorta lets his minions do the dirty work. No emails, no texts.....sure he railed on cheating without proof but you don't go to jail for that IMO. You can make the case he went right up to the line without crossing it, while others actually did.

It's a ------ mess what he did.

#12 | Posted by brass30 at 2022-05-18 10:37 AM | Reply

House Jan. 6 committee so far refuses to provide DOJ with witness transcripts
www.upi.com

...The U.S. House committee investigating the violent January 6 capitol insurrection is for now refusing to turn over witness deposition transcripts to the Department of Justice.

January 6 Select Committee Chair Bennie Thompson has not agreed to the request.

The New York Times first reported the DOJ request Tuesday.

The written request came from Kenneth A. Polite, Jr., assistant attorney general for the criminal division, and Matthew M. Graves, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, to Timothy J. Heaphy, lead investigator for the Select Committee.

Rep. Thompson told reporters the transcripts are the work product of the committee and the committee is conducting its own investigation. Thompson said the committee can't give the DOJ full access to "our product."...


#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-18 11:17 AM | Reply

It will be the greatest shame of Garland's tenure as AG if not a single person in the GOP leadership is held criminally responsible for the events of Jan. 6.

#14 | Posted by moder8 at 2022-05-18 11:56 AM | Reply

I truly get the fact that indicting Trump would cause more harm than good, even though he deserves it. But he is an ex President.
But again, and I've said this repeatedly on this board - the GOP should have taken matters into their own hands and either 1. Executed the impeachment in the Senate (which they seemed ready to do at one point - McConnell thought so anyway) OR 2. ban him from representing the GOP in any future election.
It's really that simple. Have some balls either way.

#11 | POSTED BY BRASS30

Don't hold your breath waiting for republicans to do the right thing.

#15 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-05-18 12:53 PM | Reply

#11 If the GOP crosses Trump, they lose about 50% of their voters when he forms a new party and Republicans never win another election again. For that reason, they will never cross him, and they probably wish he were dead by now.

#16 | Posted by JOE at 2022-05-18 01:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Pish-posh

The honorable GOP will not humor Trumps election shenanigans for long
I know

- - eberly

#17 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2022-05-18 02:59 PM | Reply

What's interesting is that Glenn Kirschner says that the chief attorney running the J6 Committees case is a former AUSA who was a RICO specialist. That's curious considering that most likely case against the organizers of the coup is RICO.

#18 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2022-05-18 11:53 PM | Reply

How many trump endorsed candidates have to lose primaries before the GOP stops being afraid of him and his fascists?

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2022-05-19 12:10 AM | Reply

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