In a worrisome development for free speech and the rule of law, Joe Biden’s hyper-political Department of Justice has requested interview transcripts from the Democratic party’s illegitimate January 6th “insurrection” committee.
The troubling report, which appeared in the New York Times, suggests that Biden’s DOJ is beginning to treat January 6th as being part of a broader, uncharged criminal conspiracy by President Trump and his allies to “overturn” the 2020 election.
Garland wants January 6th transcripts
Until recently, the DOJ had mostly focused its probe on the Capitol riot as the January 6th committee cast a much wider net — targeting Trump officials, allies, protest organizers, and even members of Trump’s family in an effort to paint virtually any challenge to the 2020 election results as de facto terrorism.
The DOJ’s letter to the committee asking for testimony from its roughly 1,000 interviews, including from associates of Trump, suggests the department’s probe is shifting into a more overtly political crackdown on dissent.
Attorney general Merrick Garland gave a sense of which way the probe was moving when he responded to political pressure from Democrats to bring “seditious conspiracy” charges against members of the Oath Keepers in January, an entire year after the “insurrection” transpired.
In keeping with the sweeping scope of the left’s J6 witch hunt, the department made a broad request to the January 6th committee for “transcripts of these interviews, and of any additional interviews you conduct in the future.” The committee’s chairman, Bennie Thompson (MS), rebuffed the DOJ’s request for the time being, saying the committee’s “work” isn’t finished.
But the department has already taken cues from the committee’s baldly partisan approach, targeting the organizers of peaceful, “Stop the Steal” election protests, a step that would appear to violate the First Amendment, as well as Trump allies who pushed for alternate slates of electors.
Biden uses DOJ to target his enemies
One of the department’s subpoenas asked for information about any government officials involved in “planning or execution of any rally [emphasis added] or any attempt to obstruct, influence, impede or delay” certifying the election results.
Garland has also tasked a prosecutor, Thomas Windom, with assessing whether Trump allies who had no role in the Capitol riot can be charged for helping Trump challenge the election, the Times reported.
In short, it looks like Garland’s probe isn’t about holding violent rioters accountable anymore (assuming that it ever was), but criminalizing skepticism of President Biden’s legitimacy. The evolution of Garland’s investigation comes after reports that Biden feels Garland has been too passive, especially about charging Trump.
The January 6th committee — which has acted more like a law enforcement agency than a congressional committee — is said to be weighing a criminal referral for Trump, even as it turns to subpoenaing sitting Republican lawmakers in a major escalation of Biden’s war on dissent. The committee has already pushed to jail some of those refusing to cooperate with its show trial and has issued sweeping, intrusive subpoenas to people accused of no criminal wrongdoing.
Garland’s sprawling probe, the largest in DOJ history, has led to more than 800 arrests and has faced its own questions about fairness and due process, with most defendants yet to receive their day in court well over a year since the riot. Some are still languishing in pre-trial detention in a Washington, D.C. gulag.