AG Merrick Garland is investigating aggressively, prosecuting cautiously

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland at the U.S. Department of Justice on April 21, 2021, in Washington. Andrew Harnik/Pool/Getty Images/Tribune News Service

LOS ANGELES (Tribune News Service) — The House committee on the Jan. 6, 2021, insurgency, whose hearings resumed last week, has produced impressive evidence that could allow prosecutors to argue that former President Donald Trump committed crimes as he tried to overturn the 2020 election.

Thanks to the hearings, we now know more clearly that Trump tried to bully Vice President Mike Pence into blocking Congress’s count of electoral votes, tried to bully Justice Department officials into declaring the election fraudulent even though they knew it wasn’t and stood by with seeming approval while his armed supporters sacked the Capitol.

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