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Why Has the DOJ Gone MIA?

Updated: Feb 16, 2022

When the Justice Department announced it was issuing arrest warrants for members of the Oath Keepers, there was a collective shout of “FINALLY!”. It seemed there would at long last be accountability for those on the upper level of planning the insurrection. We expected more and more arrests as the kingpins fell like dominoes and justice was being served at last.

But then…nothing.

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The arrests were made, charges were levied and those involved were incarcerated awaiting trial. The charges included sedition, which obliterated a key talking point on the right. They were insisting that since no one had been charged with sedition, there was no way the events of January 6th could be called an insurrection.

Surely there would be more arrests. Certainly there were many others involved in this blatant attempt to prevent the peaceful transition of power.

Instead, the DOJ withdrew into its self-imposed cone of silence. Nothing new happened. No new charges were filed. No further arrest warrants were issued. It’s as if they got what they wanted, and that was all.

What a disappointment!

The previous administration used the Justice Department as a means to go after those who disagreed with them and Trump used his Attorneys General as his personal lawyers. He demanded investigations into any perceived slight and used them to cover up his own misdeeds. This includes their biased reporting on the results of the Mueller investigation, had them search reporter’s phone records, investigate Antifa, ferret out leaks from within the administration, and even snoop into the private dealings of Democratic lawmakers.

When Joe Biden became president, he pledged that the Justice Department would return to being independent. Although he has expressed his frustration at the DOJ’s inaction when it comes to holding those who refuse to cooperate with the January 6th committee, he has largely kept his word. Biden’s hands-off approach to the DOJ has upset those who have encouraged him to push harder to get to the bottom of the events both before and during the insurrection.

Even so, judges who are hearing the cases of those involved in the violence on January 6th are expressing their frustration as to the leniency being given to the rioters. They fear that a mere slap on the wrist, such as home confinement or probation, will encourage them to take part in future protests. They have stated in open court that they wish they could impose harsher sentences, but are restricted from doing so due to the lack of more serious charges being made.

If anyone had a right to hold a grudge, it would be Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland. After all, he was nominated for the Supreme Court, only to be denied even so much as a hearing by #MoscowMitch McConnell. So, no one could blame him if he used his position to seek retribution. And yet, unlike his predecessor, Garland is a man of principle. Indeed, Garland has been highly praised for his relatively leak-free investigations in the past, and is currently tackling the largest investigation in its history.

This lack of information has many wondering how far the investigation will go, and if Donald Trump will even be held accountable for his actions surrounding January 6th. This may have led to Garland's recent news conference, where he vowed to hold those accountable “at any level”.

It was soon after this that members of the Oath Keepers were arrested, leading some to surmise that this was the accountability he spoke of, while others wondered if these were a reaction to the pressure he may have been feeling to show some results.

Regardless of the reasons, the clock is ticking. With the midterms approaching, it’s entirely possible Republicans could regain control of the House and shut down the committee investigating January 6th. They could also throttle DOJ efforts to hold those accountable by limiting funding.

With the pressure to produce and possible time constraints, it’s certainly not a good time for the Justice Department to be missing in action.

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Mark M. Bello
Mark M. Bello
27 de fev. de 2022

One can only hope that it is a "timing" issue.


Why am I not surprised???

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