Michael Horowitz’ announcement he’ll investigate whether anyone at DOJ was involved in Trump’s attempt to steal the election is welcome but not sufficient to reviewing what happened.
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Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Vice, Motherboard, the Nation, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.
Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse in Grand Rapids, MI.
Some of the things we still haven’t seen among the arrests of the January 6 insurrectionists: those who assaulted about 100 officers, Brian Sicknick’s murderer, the DNC bomber, and Rudy Giuliani’s interlocutors.
Joshua Schulte is renewing the same complaints he made about SAMs almost two years ago.
Sure, Jeffrey Bossert Clark should be shunned in the respectable legal profession for helping Trump attempt a coup. But so should the men who willfully let DOJ champion Trump’s conspiracy theories for the two years before that.
The question of how many of the non-violent insurrectionists DOJ should charge compares in interesting ways to the Trump DOJ’s failed attempt to prosecute a large number of protestors at Trump’s inauguration because a handful cause some property damage.
Contrary to a lot of discussion about UK judge Vanessa Baraitser’s decision in the Assange extradition, it should not have a significant impact on journalism.
There are ways to obtain accountability for the Trump Administration that don’t necessarily require non-criminal investigative committees.
The thing that makes Eric Munchel’s grab for the gavel and the zip-ties particularly dangerous is Trump’s illegal plan to steal an election. Until prosecutors start naming Trump as a co-conspirator, start naming the Big Lie of a stolen election as the motivating cause of the violence, guys like Munchel are going to continue to get bail.
There’s good reason to believe the claims Kash Patel and other Trump flunkies made in a Vanity Fair profile are an attempt to burnish their tainted legacy.
During the two weeks between Trump incited an insurrection and Joe Biden’s inauguration, Jeffrey Rosen remained virtually silent about that coup attempt. Last night we learned he’s also a witness.