AGAIN. Democrats still need to find something to hang on Trump. They continue to talk about how bad January 6 was and that Trump needs to be held accountable. A couple have said it was worse than Sept. 11 which is no comparison. For a year Democrats have told each other and the camera that he has to be guilty and needs to be prosecuted. He must have had a role in that riot that just hasn’t been uncovered yet.
Trump needs to be drained
Prosecution is one way but it needs to be done carefully. This can blow up in the Democrats’ faces too. The Hill noted, ““Given the weight of public evidence, Democratic lawmakers think Trump committed federal crimes. But Senate Democrats also warn that [Attorney General Merrick] Garland needs to proceed cautiously. Any prosecution that fails to convict Trump risks becoming a disaster and could vindicate Trump, just as the inconclusive report by former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team was seized upon by Trump and his allies to declare his exoneration on a separate series of allegations.”
The Hill spoke with a couple Democrats. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, thought, “clearly what [Trump] did” prior to that protest “falls in the ambit of what’s being investigated and perhaps is criminal.”
Evidence against Trump is supposedly all there
Tim Kaine, D-VA, said, “They have all of the evidence at their disposal. My sense is they’re looking [at] everything in a diligent way and they haven’t made a decision.” Kaine later added that he thought there were “federal statutes that are very much implicated” but he didn’t know what those might be.
Sherrod Brown, D-OH, broadened the guilty charge, “I think anybody who it’s proven had a role in the planning of [the Jan. 6 attack] should be prosecuted, not just the people who broke in and smashed the window in my office and others. I think anybody that’s shown to have had a role in its planning absolutely should be prosecuted. I mean it was treason, it was trying to overturn an election through violent means.”
Trump jurors will need to be picked delicately
Attorney General Merrick Garland assured Rep. Brown and others that action will be taken as far down the line as possible. He said, “The Justice Department remains committed to holding all Jan. 6 perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law — whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible.”
One anonymous senator said if this isn’t done right, it will blow up in our faces again. “If you pull the trigger on this one, you have to make sure that you don’t miss, because this is one if you miss it essentially validates the conduct.”