Based on the evidence presented to the nation last night, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland should prosecute Former President Donald Trump to the full extent.
Built on the rule of law and the peaceful transition of power, the United States lives or dies on our defiance of tyranny.
We heard recorded transmissions last night from professional security people for then Vice President Mike Pence, afraid for his security as Pence sought to legally and justly ratify the 2020 as a mob – exhorted by Trump – stormed the United States Capitol to disrupt that civil act.
During this time, instead of calling the National Guard or security or police or communicating via Twitter his condemnation of his supporters laying siege to the vital process of our democratic government, Trump ignored a call from Pentagon officials seeking a coordinated response. Trump was too busy phoning Republican senators to ask them to delay certification of the presidential election he lost. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany testified that he “wanted a list of the senators.”
This evidence adds up to a disgraceful plan on the President’s part to disrupt the certification of the election, in short, sedition.
“The [House] committee heard an avalanche of evidence, such that you could see the intent of Trump was to disrupt the [certification] proceedings,” said InsiderNJ legal analyst Joe Hayden.
“This wasn’t a gut shot, it was a head shot,” Hayden added.
For the good of the country, in honor of the rule of law, and as a vital recommitment to who we are as Americans, Garland should and must prosecute this case. “I believe he has a case and he has a duty,” Hayden said. “This cannot be walked away from because we will lose all stature internationally. The testimony shows that out of a sense of self absorption and narcissism, Trump didn’t care about the embarrassment internationally, the safety of Mike Pence, or dead law enforcement. The only thing he cared about during a critical period was to call senators – his hail Mary pass… to disrupt government.”
Hayden said he believes based on the comments the Attorney General has issued to date that he will prosecute.
Garland needs to, because we are not the capricious and unlawful will of one man.
We are the indivisible United States of America. Our motto is “e pluribus unum,” out of one many, meaning one country, not one man, and our country, brilliantly conceived as a democratic republic, hangs perilously in the balance as long as we allow this to stand. In the words of President George Washington, “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” Let that not be our own indolent and ignorant contribution to the maintenance of our system, precious and fragile, requiring at all times the robust vigilance we desperately need now in service to the rule of law.