By Anil Madan
US Attorney General Merrick Garland has, over the months, come under heavy criticism for not indicting former President Trump. He has also been criticized for not being more forceful in going after those who have defied the US House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2020, attack on the US Capitol, and in not being more aggressive against major political figures for their involvement in the events of January 6. Not surprisingly, these criticisms have come mostly from Democrats and a few independents.
FBI seized classified documents in Trump search, inventory shows. Pic – The Wall Street Journal
Last week, the FBI obtained a search warrant from a federal judge to search Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property and seized documents most of which are the property of the United States. The FBI seized 27 boxes of documents; eleven contained packets of classified documents. The classification level of the documents ranged from ‘Confidential’, to ‘Secret’, to ‘Top Secret’, to ‘TS/SCI’. The last category stands for ‘Top Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information’ that can be viewed only by persons with special access under controlled conditions to prevent data leaks.
It should come as no surprise that Trump reacted with vehement rage. He accused the FBI of “breaking-into” his home and suggested that President Joe Biden was behind the incident. This, as might be expected of most things Trump says, was false.
It should also come as no surprise that Trump supporters and loyalists, sprang to his “defense” and issued charges that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been weaponized. FBI agents and even the federal Magistrate Judge who approved the issuance of the search warrant, have been threatened with violence.
The charges of partisanship and weaponizing of the DOJ are striking in that Merrick Garland has been measured and as noted, criticized for not being aggressive enough against Trump and other high-ranking Republicans. When he was appointed Attorney General by President Biden, Garland quoted former Attorney General Edward Levi who served under President Ford, in his acceptance speech: “Nothing can more weaken the quality of life, or more imperil the realization of the goals we all hold dear, than our failure to make clear by words and deed that our law is not the instrument of partisan purpose.” Read More… Become a Subscriber
Mauritius Times ePaper Friday 19 August 2022
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