Category Archives: Merrick Garland
Here at the seminary, we try as hard as we can to mark momentous occasions for posterity’s sake. Well, that’s kind of a lie. I’m lazy as hell and that’s one of the reasons why this blog never went anywhere.
Last night, in bed bathed in the blue-light adjusted glow of my phone, I found out that The Washington Post got a motherfucker of a scoop.
Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in a search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Monday, according to people familiar with the investigation.
The people who described some of the material that agents were seeking spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. They did not offer additional details about what type of information the agents were seeking, including whether it involved weapons belonging to the United States or some other nation.
Today, there will be an avalanche of discussion about this. Now Trump tried to get out in front of this story, threatening to release the copy of the search warrant to show that there was nothing to here to see, folks. Later this afternoon, Merrick Garland may beat him to it, having made a motion to unseal the warrant so we don’t have to wait on Trump to find out what this fat orange fascist wannabe cocksucker has been up to.
Republican social media accounts, with a few exceptions, have reportedly gone dark on this matter. If indeed Trump is the magnitude of criminal he appears to be, that stink will be all over their candidacy. Granted, a great deal of Republicans will no doubt spin this as a conspiracy, and the ever faithful MAGA crowd will still show up in droves for those reps on Election Day.
Perhaps a small percentage will have a moment of clarity, wondering or finally realizing what a fucking mark they have been for one of the most accomplished con men in American history. That is the only good news that can come out of the story of a former president allegedly caught hiding nuclear secrets.
The news is moving faster than fuck, and I cannot stay abreast. But two occurrences must be stressed since most of you have been apoplectic over the lack of accountability for obvious coup plotters and the perceived inaction of Merrick Garland.
Everyone needs to calm the fuck down. The J6 committee is doing its job, and so is the Garland DOJ. It’s often misunderstood that when and if Democrats lose the House in November, the J6 committee will be shut down by Republicans. That’s simply not true; it has a self imposed termination date well before the election. It will complete its work and send all findings to the DOJ for review. Equally untrue is that Merrick Garland’s DOJ will cease to exist after the election. I don’t know how some people got this in their head but he’s got at least until January 2025. That is a long time from now, in case you have not noticed.
As I observed a month ago, The J6 committee took a hard bite out of John Eastman’s ass for not turning over a batch of 100 or so emails that he and then-president Trump exchanged. Eastman tried the usual play-that they are protected under privilege. A complaint was filed, and the return from a federal judge was, in most people’s words, “scathing” or “shocking”.
First, with respect to whether Trump tried to obstruct an official proceeding, which is, of course, a crime, Carter concluded it was “more likely than not that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.” As Carter highlights, in our government “leaders are elected, not installed.” And yet Trump tried to “subvert this fundamental principle.” Second, and relatedly, Carter determined that given the evidence, “it is more likely than not that President Trump and Dr. Eastman dishonestly conspired to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.”
Surely all of you realize the gravity of this judge’s opinion. Not only does it order Eastman to cough up the emails, it will be the first time a judge has implicated Donald Trump in criminal activity on January 6th. So, I assume Eastman will try to appeal this, and if he loses again, his pleas may end up at the Supreme Court, where historically, no one on the bench has shown any interest in shielding Trump or abetting him in any way even though he’s appointed 1/3 of it. So somewhere down the road, it seems likely we shall see what Eastman is trying to hide-it could spell the end for Trump. UPDATE 4/6: Eastman took it no further. J6 has the emails.
On a separate track, like a burst of sunspot activity, the Garland DOJ has issued what could be dozens of subpoenas from a grand jury for records on suspected J6 planners, financiers, and conspirators. After quietly nailing an Oathkeeper for knowingly conspiring to overthrow the government by force and getting him to take a plea deal to roll on anybody he could, Garland’s now in overdrive, working on the next level of the puzzle. No one particular individual has been subpoenaed, or charged except for Joshua James.
Many of you have gotten accustomed to the idea that a subpoena is pointless, that it has no consequences. That’s because you’ve probably seen one too many people ignore them from the January 6th committee. But these work different. Failure to cough up documents will land you in jail.
Get used to the idea that Garland is going to keep a poker face on until this is done. Do some reading on the guy. He is the opposite of what you are all thinking. He is not to be trifled with.
UPDATE 4/6: The hydra that is the J6 riot is WAY bigger than any of us think. Hundreds of people could be in the hot seat for this stunt.