Weaponized: Biden’s Justice Department names special counsel to take on Trump over Jan. 6, 2021

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Three days after former President Donald Trump announced his run for the presidency for 2024, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special counsel to investigate two criminal complaints against Trump.

Jack Smith, a veteran federal prosecutor, has been named special counsel. He will dig into whether Trump or a Trump surrogate unlawfully interfered with the certification of the Electoral College on Jan. 6, 2021, obstructing the peaceful transfer of power. The second area of investigation is whether Trump broke the law or obstructed justice by removing hundreds of documents from the White House, having them shipped to his residence at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

The investigation will expose the entire Trump cabinet and many close family members and associates to federal depositions.

Smith is the former head of the Justice Department’s public integrity division. He made the following statement on the Justice Department’s website:

“I intend to conduct the assigned investigations, and any prosecutions that may result from them, independently and in the best traditions of the Department of Justice. The pace of the investigations will not pause or flag under my watch. I will exercise independent judgement and will move the investigations forward expeditiously and thoroughly to whatever outcome the facts and the law dictate.”

The announcement also came one day after the House had official flipped to Republican control, which effectively ends the work of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, which has worked for nearly two years to bring those to justice who invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. House members have made it known they intend to open up investigations into the criminal links between Hunter Biden and his father, President Biden.

On Fox News, Trump responded: I have been going through this for six years, for six years I have been going through this, and I am not going to go through it anymore,” Trump told Fox News. “And I hope the Republicans have the courage to fight this.”

Attorney General Garland, in a press conference, said, the probe, “as described in court filings in the District of Columbia, is the investigation into whether any person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College vote held on or about Jan. 6, 2021. 

“The second is the ongoing investigation involving classified documents and other presidential records, as well as the possible obstruction of that investigation, referenced and described in court filings in a pending matter in the Southern District of Florida.”

Based on recent developments, “including the former president’s announcement that he is a candidate for president in the next election, and the sitting president’s stated intention to be a candidate as well, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel,” Garland said. “Such an appointment underscores the department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters. It also allows prosecutors and agents to continue their work expeditiously, and to make decisions indisputably guided only by the facts and the law.”

The investigations are separate from other prosecutions going on in the District of Columbia courts that pertain to people who were inside the U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, 2021. Those investigations and prosecutions will remain under the authority of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

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  1. They’ve heard from so many rinos and anti Trumpers that they think this is a way to stop Trump from running for re election. So, congratulations, all you ‘republicans’ wringing your hands over Trump, AFTER being served by a great economy and secure borders, you’ve convinced the white house that they can use the DOJ to make Trump ineligible. It’s illegal, what they’re doing but you don’t care about that, do you. As long as the mean tweets stop, right?

        • FYI, former AG Bill Barr’s opinion is that Trump will “likely be indicted.” And that was before Garland appointed that special counsel to handle it.
          Perhaps he disappears or swallows the barrel to avoid getting to court?

          • In this country a half a—- prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich.

            Indictments are a very long way from going to court, much less a conviction.

            Trump “eat a barrel”? What kind of conspiracy porn are you reading?

            In your long list of nonsensical posts, this one is Frank Rast territory.

          • Here is some more of Barrs comments MA: “In an interview with PBS that aired on Friday, Barr told “Firing Line” host Margaret Hoover that the Justice Department “probably have the evidence” to “legitimately” charge the 76-year-old former president with a crime related to sensitive presidential documents that he allegedly stored at his Mar-a-Lago estate after leaving the White House.”
            While Trump may be considered the equivalent of a ham sandwich, you apparently think he is made of teflon. Things are happening pretty fast now and we won’t have to wait that long to see Trump frog-marched into court. Heheh!

      • Hardly, two impeachment attempts, a Jan 6th insurrection hoax, and now this nonsense again. Don’t they have anything else better to do like…immigration, fentanyl, inflation, crime, China, N Korea…the list gets long here.

        • As a Republican voter, you got duped. In the campaign, American Republicans said crime, a secure border, fentanyl, inflation were the big issues. So you’d think that the House of Representatives, now GOP led, would present their plans to combat those issues. But no. Top priority? Hunter Biden’s laptop.

  2. Trump derangement syndrome. They just can’t get him off their minds. He attacked their DC swamp, exposed them for who they are, and endless retaliation. Why don’t they just get a viable candidate themselves and have an open debate? This will never happen as there is not a Democrat alive who could go toe to toe in an honest debate with the Donald. Sad.

    • You mean the viable candidate that beat Trump by over 7 million votes in 2020? Or the viable candidate who will beat him again in 2024? Trump is a criminal, who most Americans will not vote for. His MAGA cult followers will never understand that, and will continue to worship him. But he is unelectable.

      • Rick, what you REALLY mean is the basement-dwelling, senile husk of a non-viable candidate for whom the deep state and radical leftists clearly and blatantly stole the election in 2020. A senile and demented husk of a puppet of a usurper of a president who has record-low approval ratings, as his illegal pro-WEF globalist cabal does every single thing it can to undermine, subvert and destroy this nation.

          • Ah, the classic leftist canard that “words are violence”!
            Not to mention the disingenuous and dissembling projection of your own carefully-crafted divisiveness onto others.
            .
            You radical leftist extremists really are a hoot, Lucinda, in your wholesale denial of reality, and in your inhabitation of a surreal dreamworld that exists only in your febrile imaginations.

  3. I’m not going to rush to anybody’s defense. Trump can take care of himself and so can the Bidens. Let them have at each other. I don’t give a damn whether or not their brawl erupts into filthy fight just as long as they stay off of my lawn! All this “pomp and circumstance” may make for great conversations over a bottle or two of fine wine among those with vested interests, but I have no time for their drama! Hell with them: they don’t even know that I exist!

  4. Yeah, right after the House announced it would be investigating the Biden Crime Family and right after Trump announced running. This isn’t political at all. (/sarcasm)

    United We Stand is an ideal that is long dead.

    • The investigations into Trump’s criminal enterprises began long before he announced he would run again in 2024. It was his announcement that he would do so that forced DOJ to appoint a special counsel. Nothing has changed. He is still going down the river to the big house.

  5. Merrick Garland is dotting all of the i’s and crossing all of the t’s,and ensuring the DOJ has checkmate before indictment. Garland prosecuted the Oklahoma City Bombers and got the death penalty. Trump has no chance

    • And Garland and other investigators have been way cautious and conciliatory to Trump. He’s had a lot more deference than any other white-collar criminal. But here it is, the End of Trump!

      (wife rolls her eyes).

    • >>Garland prosecuted the Oklahoma City Bombers and got the death penalty. Trump has no chance<<

      Jesus Frank, the mayor of Talkeetna could've got that conviction…………. 👍🏻🫣

  6. Curious timing on three fronts.
    1-The incoming house announced they are going after Biden
    2-The house is settled.
    3-Trump announced he’s running again.

    Going after a political adversary via the federal courts is banana republic crap. But so is Joe.

    I hope the hard left understands the game they are playing and the damage this will do to our system.
    You better hope you win, because if not payback will be nuclear.

  7. Once again, the GOP is outmaneuvered by the left. Going after Trump forces the GOP to rally around him.

    This plows the road for his re-election instead of allowing a wide open primary process.

    Currently DeSantis would erase Biden while Trump is 50-50 at best. DeSantis has the ability to bring most Republicans home, as well as “independents”. Trump fractures the party.

    How did the GOP get so painfully stupid? The Democrats are playing chess while the GOP…

  8. They’ve got the right guy. Jack Smith was the federal prosecutor who got a conviction of former VA Governor Bob McDonnell on 11 counts of public corruption including accepting cash, vacations and luxury goods from a VA businessman in 2014. McDonnell was considered as Romney’s running mate in 2012, but the investigation was under way (not unlike the timing of this appointment), so Smith and (In)Justice have done this before. SCOTUS vacated the convictions in 2016 9-0. But it was all too late, as the damage / smear job was already successful. The Swamp will defend itself. And it is. One more time. Cheers –

    • Two final points. This appointment is a Do(In)J vehicle to obstruct all Jan6 information from the new House majority. It is also a vehicle to obstruct review of the Mar a Lago raid and seized materials. So, like who is doing the obstruction of justice routine now? Cheers –

  9. DOJ has Checkmate? DOJ can’t get out of the way of their own illegal procedures. Merrick Garland is an idiot. If he wanted to pull this off he should have started long before now. On one hand it wasn’t plausible before now, on the other its not going to stand now. Its a hail Mary pass from a tired old man. Just like every DOJ proceeding during this administration….. memory holed.

  10. Can they spend 50 million in 2 years? With no results? We should at least find out how many Fed’s were at Jan 6th. Maybe Ray Epps was working for Trump. Maybe there were Russians at Jan. 6th. Maybe Ray Epps is a Russian provocateur.

  11. “weaponized”? How about they’re just doing their job? If there’s allegations of a crime, shouldn’t those allegations be investigated?

  12. Wow! Allegations?! Ok. Hey Bill, I say you kick your dog all the time. Now that we’ve had an allegation, lets turn the ‘appropriate authorities’ loose on you. But don’t worry, after they spend a few weeks at your house collecting ‘evidence’, then talking to all your neighbors, family, and coworkers, no one will think any less of you if you’re not found guilty! Will they! You might even get your dog returned to you after the ‘investigation’.

    For all you that hate Trump; legally speaking, he has endured a seven year long colonoscopy. If there was ANYTHING illegal in his past it would have been presented long before now. Even an indictment means nothing (remember, you can get an indictment on a ham sandwich in DC). It’s simply a tactic used to stain a candidate that the lefties fear the most.
    I don’t even want that slack jawed loser Joe to be indicted. At least not until rock solid evidence is presented. Something sorely lacking in charges made against Trump.

    • You seem to be losing it Paul with your asinine thoughts about my dog. Get a grip and look at Bill Barr’s thoughts on this coming indictment as Barr is not thinking this potential indictment is similar to indicting a ham sandwich.
      Your turn. Heheh!

    • Wow Paul. There is SOMETHING in Trump’s past, lots of something. How about the theft of government documents? DOJ and other lawyers believe it’s a tight case. Trump broke the law. I could list others too, but the Mar A Lago treasonous theft stands out.

  13. Someone remind me how many times Trumps obituary was written. Over a hundred?

    This will probably be like every other time “the walls were closing in”. Thunder, no lighting.

    • Paul. There is indeed a difference between an allegation and an allegation with evidence. Most of America alleges that Trump stole government documents. Without evidence, its just air. With evidence, it becomes a thing worth investigating. Then maybe an indictment. Then maybe a conviction.

      The Far Right alleges that there was election fraud in 2020 and 2022. Without evidence, it’s just air. We’re all waiting for evidence, ANY evidence of fraud. If you can provide it, then it might lead to an investigation, indictment and conviction.

  14. But Bill, you said earlier that when an allegation has been made it MUST be investigated. Your rules, right? Lets include your banking and business records, also, because we wouldn’t want you to be able to abuse dogs somewhere else would we?
    But don’t worry, if you’re found not guilty, no harm-no foul right?

  15. Lucinda
    I agree 100% that without evidence an allegation is meaningless. But when election corruption is alleged and followed up by security footage of multiple cases of ballot double counting, boxes of ballots appearing from under tables, forensic computer evidence, observations of dropoff ballot boxes being stuffed, sworn affidavits from election officials, observers blocked from observing, etc, etc, etc, then that allegation should probably be investigated. And by someone that is not invested in the election concerned.

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