Monday, January 10, 2022

Attorney General's Report on Jan6 riot

We Christians often strive to simplify the complications of this life by inventing simple proverbs. Here’s a good one for you:

When the Lord closes a door, he opens a window.

Such was the case for Merrick Garland.

Our Congress denied the man a seat on our highest court.

But now he serves the high, holy (yes true Justice is holy) cause of Justice as our U.S. Attorney General.

And this is good.

If you care to question my “good” assessment of his role as Attorney General, let me submit this evidence. The man is doing his job. Listen:

What Attorney General Garland presents in his January 5th address to the nation is convincing evidence that our Justice Department is bound and determined to get to the bottom of who was responsible for the infamous Jan6 storming of our U.S. Capitol.


Our Justice Department’s thorough investigation of that destructive riot is appropriate and necessary, especially as you compare its official investigative function to the alternative, which is: every tom, dick and harriet out there on the web spouting opinions—or even lies—about what happened or did not happen on that fateful day.

I recommend that any and all Americans listen to Attorney General’s update on our national search for truth about that tragic riot last year about this time. See the link above. 

Here are a few quotes that provide an indication of where our nation’s chief law enforcement officer is headed with the Justice Department’s investigation of that infamous insurrection:

~ “In circumstances like those of January 6, a full accounting does not suddenly materialize.”

~ “Investigators methodically collect and sift through more evidence. . .”

~ “The facts tell us where to go next.”

~ “We continue to seek the public’s assistance in identifying those individuals . .”

~ “We will follow the facts wherever they lead.”

In his last week’s report to the American people (linked above), Garland presents some basic update information. So far, our Department of Justice reports:

~ 725 defendants arrested and charged with crimes

~ 325 defendants charged with felonies

~ 20 guilty pleas for those felonies

~ 40 persons charged with Conspiracy to obstruct a Congressional proceeding

~ 17 defendants scheduled to stand trial for conspiracy roles

All of this serious, lawfully mandated investigation will take some time. Rest assured, my fellow Americans, that we have professional, career investigators following all those leads, just like you see on tv, only here it is the real thing. 

We have law enforcement officers whose job is to get the bottom of this mystery and bring the guilty parties to Justice.

Even so, our Justice Department’s responsibilities extend beyond investigation and prosecution of crimes. The truly just administration of Justice includes vigilance and oversight in the fair administration of our legal system and all the courts that determine who is guilty and who is not guilty. 

In his capacity as overseer of Justice, Merrick Garland also reported some current developments in the legislative area of our nation’s legal system. His update includes these comments:

“There has been a dramatic increase in legislative enactments that make it harder for millions of eligible voters to vote and to elect representatives of their own choosing.

“ Those enactments range from practices and procedures that make voting more difficult, to redistricting maps drawn to disadvantage voters and citizens of opposing parties, to abnormal post-election audits that put the integrity of the voting process at risk, to changes in voting administration meant to diminish the authority of locally-elected or non-partisan election administrators.

“ Some have even suggested permitting state legislators to set aside the choice of the voters themselves.As I noted in an address to the Civil Rights division (of the Justice Dep’t) last June, many of those enactments have been justified by unfounded claims of material vote fraud in the 2020 election. Those claims, which have corroded people’s faith in the legitimacy of our elections, have been repeatedly refuted by the law enforcement and intelligence agencies of both, the last administration and this one, as well as by every Court—Federal and State— that has considered them.”

As an American citizen who attempts to pay attention to these things, I remember all those wild attempts, post-election, by Guilliani and Sidney and other Donald lawyers who were striving desperately to throw a monkey wrench into our legitimate Presidential election process by discrediting the reported election results of our local officials in certain key states.

(Don’t get me started on the Electoral College. That’s one Constitutional construct that was inserted by our Founders who, as bold as they were in constructing our new nation and its laws, were still too timid in their 18th-century worldview to extend their confidence in We the People to the level of direct election of the President.)

We need a Constitutional Amendment to delete the Electoral College. We the People should elect our President directly. 

Bottom line: Our judgements about what happened on Jan6 2021 need to be guided by bona fide official investigations, not be every tom dick and harriet on the internet.

Glass half-Full 

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