Message to Attorney General Garland: lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!

If Garland indicates he has not conducted an investigation of Trump and he has no plans to do so, even after receiving the Jan. 6 committee’s full report, Biden should fire him immediately and begin the search for a new, highly competent individual who will properly conduct the Justice Dept. business.

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I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “sitting on one’s hands”, defined as, “to refrain from acting, intervening, or helping in a situation calling for just that.” Well, let me introduce you to Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland, who seems to fit that description perfectly. 

To be fair, I want to emphasize the words “seems to fit” because, who knows, he may be working behind the scenes to indict, convict, and send Trump to prison. Would I bet money on that being the case? Absolutely not!

 That’s the $64,000 question: is he working behind the walls of the US Justice Dept on this important matter? Right now we hear nothing except a deep, very troubling silence emanating from his office. He could and should be making some kind of general comments on what the Justice Dept. is doing and letting the American people know if any of his investigations involve Trump. But all we hear is that silence. 

Total silence is generally an indication that things are not going well or there is no investigation in the process. Months ago Garland did state that no person in this country is above the law, including Trump, but he’s said nothing more since then.

He appears to be very weak, indecisive, not sure of himself. This very difficult and important job takes determination, willpower, and courage; it must not have a weak-kneed, person in charge. But that’s the man Biden chose. We’ll soon see what he does when the Jan. 6 committee presents its findings and evidence to him and expects action.

 What if the Jan. 6 committee sends its findings and very strong evidence involving Trump to him and then he does nothing, opening wide the door for Trump to run again in 2024?. Could it be that Garland may be following that completely outdated Justice Dept. policy that says that an American president cannot be indicted. Wake up Mr. Garland, Trump is no longer president.

What about the two investigations of Trump going on in New York and the one in Georgia? Each was supposed to have solid evidence that would result in a Trump indictment but it appears that each is stuck in neutral, unable to shift into high gear. 

In the Manhattan DA’s case the top two prosecutors, Mark Pomerantz and Carey Dunne, recently resigned because the new DA, Alvin Bragg, had decided not to charge Trump. This case is now up in the air as this rookie DA seems to be unable to take that solid evidence to go after Trump. 

Then we have the lumbering, slow-motion investigation of Trump by New York Attorney General Letitia James. This investigation has been going on for several years; and, yes, I said “several” years. James apparently has a great deal of evidence of Trump’s practices designed “to secure economic benefits — including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions — on terms more favorable than the facts warranted,” 

Where is this very long investigation going to go from here? Who knows, we would need to utilize a mind reader to find out where it goes if it goes anywhere. Now, what about the investigation in Georgia? 

After Trump lost the Georgia presidential election to Joe Biden, he used pressure on Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to find “enough votes” to turn the election in his favor. 

District Attorney Fani Willis of Fulton County received the go-ahead to convene a grand jury in January to investigate Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election. She received approval in January and the jury won’t convene until May 2??? What? How can this be so very slow?

Looking at these investigations is like looking at grass growing. And, yes, it looks like Trump is truly making fools out of the prosecutors conducting the investigations. 

Why in the world has Garland failed to reopen this Mueller investigation and the portion that indicates that Trump took obstruction actions numerous times? Why hasn’t he done the obvious with all that evidence of Trump’s crimes available to him? This is the height of incompetence by this slow-thinking individual.

BREAKING NEWS! Here’s the headline I just saw: “Federal investigation of Hunter Biden heats up.” This probe is being led by the US Attorney in Wilmington, Delaware. The article I saw indicated that “Hunter Biden and some of his associates violated money laundering, tax, and foreign lobbying laws, as well as firearm and other regulations, multiple sources said.”

It heats up? Well, if this Hunter Biden probe is heating up, Mr. Garland, when are we going to hear that the investigation into Trump is heating up? Or is it stone cold dead?. Attaboy, Merrick, that’s the way to go. What, is this guy Merrick just like Joe Manchin, a Republican in Democrats’ clothing?

Back to the main premise of this article: If Garland indicates he has not conducted an investigation of Trump and he has no plans to do so, even after receiving the Jan. 6 committee’s full report, Biden should fire him immediately and begin the search for a new, highly competent individual who will properly conduct the Justice Dept. business, with the highest priority being the need to finally make Trump pay dearly for the many crimes he has committed.

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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense industry, and the massive control that Corporate America holds over this government and our election process; all which are leading this nation down the road to eventual financial ruin if the conditions are not reversed. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and a U.S. Army veteran.

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