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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Garland on Investigating the Insurrection

 In Defying the Odds, we discuss Trump's dishonesty and his record of disregarding the rule of law.  Our next book, Divided We Stand, looks at the 2020 election and the January 6 insurrection.   We now know that Trump fired up the mob against Pence after learning about the violence at the Capitol.  Was he trying to get them to kill Pence, or did he just not care one way or the other?  There was danger all around.

Attorney General Garland, July 20:

[T]here is a lot of speculation about what the Justice Department is doing, what it's not doing, what our theories are, theories aren't. And there will continue to be that speculation that's because  a central tenet of the way in which the Justice Department investigates a central tenet of the rule of law is that we do not do our investigations in public.
This is the most wide-ranging investigation and the most important investigation that the Justice Department has ever entered into. And we have done so because this represents this effort to upend a legitimate election transferring power from one administration to another, cuts at the fundamentala of American democracy. We have to get this right. And for people who are concerned, as I think every American should be, about protecting democracy, we have to do two things. We have to hold accountable every person who is criminally responsible for trying to overturn a legitimate election. And we must do it in a way filled with integrity and professionalism. The way the Justice Department conducts investigations. Both of these are necessary in order to achieve justice and to protect our democracy. 


 No person is above the law this country. I can't say any more clearly than that. There is nothing in the principles of prosecution or any other factors which prevent us from investigating anyone, anyone who is criminally responsible for four attempt to undo a democratic election.