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Will Merrick Garland defend the constitution?

Will Merrick Garland defend the constitution?

To the Editor:

The question on the minds of many Americans, will Merrick Garland follow the endless trail of irrefutable evidence and charge Donald Trump and his co-conspirators for the crimes for which they are clearly guilty, or will he let them off the hook?

Whether the attorney general chooses to restore the independence and integrity of the Department of Justice or not by charging the former president for inciting a deadly attack on the Capitol in a failed attempt to overturn the 2020 election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power, Merrick Garland’s actions will mark a life-changing crossroad for our republic.

The morning after the election in November 2020, Donald Trump, instead of conceding an election he lost by 7 million votes, strolled to the mike and did what he does best — he lied. He said, “we won and we won big,” calling the results of the election “a fraud on the American people.” He purposely gave birth to the Big Lie, the cock-and-bull story he and his devoted followers trumpet to this day.

Donald Trump exploited America’s growing divisions over class, race, gender and religion for political purposes. That’s deplorable, but it’s not against the law. Inflaming a mob to attack the Capitol, an act the former president of the United States perpetrated (and which is no longer in dispute) is.

The events surrounding January 6 forced Americans (and citizens around the globe) to recognize and understand how vulnerable democracy really is and how very close we came to losing it.

Men who remembered their oath to protect and defend died that day (or soon after because of it). Men and women who didn’t flinch in the line of duty were injured, some with life-long wounds because of one man who chose to incite a hoard in a futile attempt to overturn an election he knew he lost.

Speaking to the investigative committee, J. Michael Luttig (a retired, conservative federal judge) said Trump’s attempt to overturn the vote brought the nation to the edge of a “revolution within a constitutional crisis and that Trump and his allies are laying the groundwork to try again in 2024,” adding, “they are a clear and present danger to American democracy and I don’t speak those words lightly.”

The Republican Party continues to be an accomplice in Trump’s wrongdoing: denying, defying, obstructing and preventing (by any means available) the January 6 committee from completing its duty. History will record, as Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) (speaking to her Republican colleagues) so eloquently and forcefully phrased, “There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.”

Cheney also spoke of those who “honored their oath of office” January 6, and did their duty. I would remind my fellow veterans (who are choosing to remain silent even as our republic teeters on the brink of collapse) we took that same oath. I took it five times in my Navy career, serving under presidents Eisenhower to Carter. “We take our oath to defend the United States Constitution,” Representative Cheney stated, “and that oath has to mean something.” Yes, I agree, it does.

By his actions (confirmed many times over by his own words), Donald Trump grossly and continuously abused the power of his office. I don’t know what Merrick Garland is going to do but his choices seem clear.

Choosing not to prosecute Trump would signal that presidents are above the law and would be a transparent invitation to future presidents to do whatever they want. To not prosecute ends democracy in America as we know it.

Merrick Garland must defend democracy and that means upholding the rule of law by “following the facts wherever they lead, by holding all January 6 perpetrators, at any level, accountable under the law,” as Merrick Garland stated and promised to do.

Granted, no previous attorney general has faced such a momentous challenge given no other president has ever instigated a coup d’etat against the United States of America. Whatever Merrick Garland decides will surely have consequences well beyond our lifetime ... and the world is watching.

David L. Snell

Franklin

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5 comments

  • Garland is intellectually incapable of upholding the Constitution as is the letter writer. There are no grounds upon which to prosecute Trump. carry on with your insanity all you like, but prosecuting people as loony leftists wish would be something that would come back on them. Useful idiots were always sent to the wall first. That fact is an historical fact, something the loony left needs to actually study instead of listening to the indoctrinators they have been listening to for years.

    posted by Quartermaster

    Sunday, 07/10/2022

  • When are the liberal monkeys that regularly comment here going to say anything about the corrupt and criminal antics of the Biden Crime Family? Just recently its been reported that Joe Biden Sold a Million Barrels of Oil from US Reserves to China Company Connected to Hunter Biden.J oe Biden took oil from US reserves which are supposed to be held for emergencies and national crises. This reserve is not to be used to give to our enemies who are attacking us economically and recently with COVID19.

    posted by Lucille Josephs

    Friday, 07/08/2022

  • Merrick Garland is a politician. He has yet to make an announcement of the SCOTUS ruling on the New York gun club ruling while his democratic governor and attorney general of New York have already announced complete disregard for the ruling by proposing similar anti-constitutional laws on right to carry. He needs disciplined and Obama wanted him on the SCOTUS.

    posted by Robert C Berquist

    Friday, 07/08/2022

  • Thank God Merrick Garland didn't wind up on the Supreme Court. Praise the Lord.

    posted by Lucille Josephs

    Friday, 07/08/2022

  • "Will Merrick Garland defend the constitution?"
    Maybe... or not.
    The simple fact not to know the answer is already a clue in itself,
    because no answer eventually becomes an implicit answer.

    (If I am never called to court then I am implicitly innocent by default)

    posted by John

    Wednesday, 07/06/2022

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