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Former Sen. DOUG JONES, once the main competitor to be Joe Biden‘s Attorney General and longtime ally of the president, thinks MERRICK GARLAND has a “very, very difficult” decision to make.
Should DONALD’S TRUMP to be charged with a crime for what happened on January 6?
“I think there is compelling evidence that crimes against the United States were committed by the former president and a number of very close and high-level associates,” Jones told West Wing Playbook in a post. interview after this afternoon’s congressional hearing.
“I will distinguish between convincing evidence in this way and admissible evidence in a criminal trial – that’s what [the Department of Justice] must determine.
While the DOJ has repeatedly stressed that it will take its time with its own investigation into the Jan. 6 riot, pressure and frustration from Democrats has steadily increased as the investigation progressed.
Following Tuesday’s hearings, a number of House Democrats urged Garland to immediately bring charges against Trump for his role in stoking the Jan. 6 rioters.
“Today shows clear evidence from a brave insider who heard and saw a seditious conspiracy that included a docile Mark Meadows and an unhinged Donald J. Trump. Merrick Garland Do your job! representing HANK JOHNSON (D-Ga.) tweeted.
The New York Times reported earlier this year, Biden privately told confidants that he believed Trump was a threat to democracy and should be prosecuted – although the president did not express that view directly to Garland.
Jones’ legal perspective has long been valued by Biden, whom he has known for decades and served as Alabama‘s co-chair during his 1988 presidential campaign. Even after Biden finally chose Garland to lead the Justice Department, the president tapped Jones to lead the confirmation process for his Supreme Court nominee this spring.
A former US attorney, Jones, said defense attorneys could use a number of legal tactics to drag such a case into a courtroom for years. “And it’s certainly possible that it will take until after the 2024 election,” he said. “People need to understand that this is a completely different forum and a completely different set of rules, especially the rules of evidence.”
The DOJ is currently engaged in a slow, but seemingly increasingly intense investigation into efforts within the Trump administration to overturn the 2020 election results — and whether to bring criminal charges against them. the main personalities involved. The temperature announced tuesday that Garland’s increasingly impatient first deputy prompted federal investigators to push the House investigating committee on Jan. 6 to turn over transcripts of witness interviews.
Jones described the stakes as existential and said he did not envy the attorney general’s upcoming choice.
“It’s going to be the tug,” he said. “No one should be above the law. However, there are so many other dynamics that I think come into play when trying to indict a former president of the United States for activities that are held in power.
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From White House Historical Association: Which first lady has always loved wildflowers?
THE PETE TEAM: transport secretary PETE BUTTIGIEG‘s PAC, “Winning the Era”, comes back strong before the midterms, by POLITICO ADAM WREN reports.
A source close to the committee told Adam that the PAC “plans to endorse several dozen nominees this cycle, bringing support from our mailing list and grassroots community to key races across the country.” Emphasis will also be placed on “bold and diverse” applicants.
APPEAL CONGRESS: In his last interview regarding the Supreme Court’s decision on deervice president KAMALA HARRIS told NPR that Congress should work to pass a bill that would codify abortion rights. Harris did not delve into specifics, nor would he commit to ideas such as expanding the court or setting term limits for judges. “I personally think we have to win the half-terms,” she said.
VISIT TO VENEZUELA: ROGER CARSTENSSpecial Envoy of the President for Hostage Affairs, and JIMMY’S STORY, United States Ambassador to Venezuela, traveled to Caracas to discuss “the welfare and safety of U.S. nationals in Venezuela” and an effort to bring back American detainees, CNN’s JENNIFER HANSLER, STEFANO POZZEBON and KYLIE ATWOOD report.
WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS YOU TO READ: This piece from the Pew Research Center by BRAND JURKOWITZ and JEFFREY GOTTFRIED how Twitter is the most used social media site by journalists, but not by the majority of the public. The article notes that Facebook is still the most used social media site by Americans overall. Deputy White House Press Secretary ANDREW BATEStweeted the piece with a waving hand emoji.
WHAT IS THE WHITE HOUSE DOESN’T YOU WANT TO READ: Voters in the swing state of Wisconsin are reading this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story before the holiday weekend.
“Independence Day gas prices are set to be the most expensive ever for the July 4 holiday. Gas prices are 64% more expensive than they were a year ago. year, according to AAA Auto Club Group also found the lowest average airfare was 14% higher than last year, at $201 per ticket,” the article said. mid-range hotels are about 23% higher than last year, with the lowest average rates per night at $244/night.”
A PASSION FOR FASHION: During a meeting with QUEEN LETIZIA from Spain, first lady JILL BIDEN wore a OSCAR DE LA RENTA floral dress, CNN Kate Bennett Noted on Twitter:
WHAT NEERA READS: White House staff secretary NEERA TANDEN tweeted about the new book, “Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell,by a longtime Republican operative and Trump critic TIM MILLER. “Looking forward to reading this book from my entertaining and courageous friend,” she wrote.
BE PATIENT!: POLITICO released the Supreme Court’s draft opinion quashing deer on May 3, but the Secretary of Health and Human Services, XAVIER BECERRAsaid the administration needed more time to craft its response to the official decision released Friday.
“It takes a bit of time,” he said today. “It was a long decision and it overturned 50 years of precedent and so you want to make sure that what you are doing is, as I said, within the bounds of the law. We’re not interested in going rogue and doing things just because. h/t Adam Cancryn,which you can follow here.
HITTING THE LEFT: Some progressive members of Congress, including Sen. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-Mass.) urged the Biden administration to open abortion clinics on federal lands.
Jean-Pierre poured cold water on this idea today. “We understand the proposal is well-intentioned, but here’s the thing: It could actually endanger women and providers,” she told reporters aboard Air Force One as the president visited. in Spain for the NATO summit. In states where abortion is now illegal, women and providers who aren’t federal employees could potentially be prosecuted in those scenarios, she said. “There are actually dangerous ramifications to doing this.” A Warren’s spokesperson declined to comment on his remarks.
Buttigieg’s interview with NBC News LESTER HOLT tonight at 6:30 a.m. EST.
Biden aides seek to unlock Afghan reserves without enriching the Taliban (Jeff Stein of WaPo)
G-7 agrees to explore Russian oil price cap (Giorgio Leali and Hans Von Der Burchard of POLITICO)
Juul says the FDA mishandled its e-cigarette app (Jennifer Maloney of the WSJ)
First lady LADY BIRD JOHNSON loved wildflowers. His admiration for them led to his embellishment projects and a hand-painted floral state service.
“The ugliness is so sinister,” says Johnson. “A little bit of beauty, something beautiful, I think, can help create a harmony that will ease the tension.”
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