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Orange Man (Still) Bad: Anti-Trump Witch Hunt Must Continue, Says Garland

Posted on | November 19, 2022 | 1 Comment

“Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime,” said Stalin’s notorious secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria, summarizing the method by which totalitarianism destroys its chosen enemies. Specious accusations of “Trotskyism” were enough to justify arrest and prosecution and, as Beria said, the NKVD could always discover (or rather, invent) “crimes” used to justify the summary execution of whatever “enemy of the people” (vrag naroda) had aroused Stalin’s paranoid fears. Likewise, with Merrick Garland in charge of the Department of Justice, the more or less permanent “investigation” of former President Donald Trump (who is, in the minds of Democrats, what Trotsky was in Stalin’s mind) must continue until the threat is completely destroyed:

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday announced plans to name a special counsel to oversee two criminal investigations into former president Donald Trump.
The special counsel, Jack Smith, will take over investigations surrounding the extent of Trump’s involvement in the events leading to the January 6 Capitol riot and his alleged mishandling of sensitive government documents, Garland said at a press conference.
Smith is a longtime Justice Department prosecutor who has served as chief prosecutor for the special court in The Hague since 2018, where he has investigated war crimes in Kosovo.

(I’ll have a thing or two to say about this.)

He will now be tasked with determining whether criminal charges should be filed against the former president. Garland said Smith will begin work right away and the appointment “will not slow” the investigations.

(Spoiler alert: Criminal charges will be filed.)

The announcement comes three days after Trump formally announced his plans to run for president again in 2024, complicating the investigations into the former president, who is now President Biden’s top political rival.
Garland cited Trump’s announcement and Biden’s “stated intention” to run in 2024 as reasons for the special counsel, saying he has “concluded that it is in the public interest.”

(Garland has a very flexible view of “the public interest.”)

The appointment of a semi-independent prosecutor allows the Justice Department to address concerns about potential conflicts of interest.
In July, Garland said the DOJ will prosecute anyone who was “criminally responsible for interfering with the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another,” not ruling out the possibility of charging Trump in the department’s January 6 investigation.

(“January 6 now! January 6 tomorrow! January 6 forever!”)

Garland’s comments came during an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, in which the news anchor asked the attorney general if he would consider prosecuting Trump even if it could “tear the country apart.”
“Look, we pursue justice without fear or favor,” Garland said. “We intend to hold everyone, anyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6, for any attempt to interfere with the lawful transfer of power from one administration to another, accountable, that’s what we do.”
Law enforcement is also investigating Trump for removal or destruction of records, obstruction of an investigation, and violating the Espionage Act, according to the search warrant for Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago from August.

(That case appears to be unraveling.)

After federal agents raided Trump’s home, Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) said in August that Garland “must resign or be impeached.”
“The raid by Joe Biden’s FBI on the home of a former president who is also Biden’s chief political opponent is an unprecedented assault on democratic norms and the rule of law,” Hawley tweeted. “Biden has taken our republic into dangerous waters.”
“At a minimum, Garland must resign or be impeached,” he added. “The search warrant must be published. [FBI Director] Christoper Wray must be removed. And the FBI reformed top to bottom.”

Well, I promised you that I’d have a thing or two to say about the special counsel Jack Smith, and actually, it’s just two tweets by somebody else:

Do you see how this works? The endless “investigation” of Trump is not occurring in a vacuum, isolated from other events. It all goes back to the “Russian collusion” smear that Team Hillary launched against Trump in 2016 and “Crossfire Hurricane” as the “insurance policy,” as FBI agent Peter Strzok called it. From that point onward, Democrats seized on the idea that Trump must be guilty of some malfeasance, and therefore “investigation” was the method by which Trump would be destroyed in a Watergate-style scandal. This led to two impeachments of Trump — first for the ridiculous Vindman/Ukraine nonsense, and then for Trump’s alleged complicity in the J6 “insurrection.” Having devoted so much effort to demonizing Trump, and exploiting this demonized figure as their Emmanuel Goldstein — the “Two Minutes Hate” extended to six years — Democrats couldn’t simply let it go once Biden was installed in the White House, or once the the midterms had passed. No, the “investigation” of Trump must go on forever, like “The Song That Never Ends.”

And so, Republicans take control of the House of Representatives and immediately announce an investigation of the Biden family’s corrupt foreign “business” (i.e., bribery) misadventures, a key element of which was suppressed on orders of federal intelligence agents prior to the 2020 election. The White House denounces the congressional investigation as a “conspiracy theory,” and hey, let’s admit Democrats arre experts on the promotion of conspiracy theories, which are perfectly acceptable to them so long as Trump is the center of the conspiracy.



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