Why does McConnell favor a criminal investigation into the events of January 6th?
Josh Marshall nails it (paywalled, but here’s part of his argument):
Published reports suggest – and it is no surprise that this is the case – that the DOJ investigations are not looking deeply into the causes of the January 6th insurrection, causes which are inherently political and tied to numerous public officials and electoral politics. They’re going to look at the specific people who broke into the Capitol. They’re going to look at organized groups that may have planned the acts of violence in advance. This may net various Proud Boys or Three Percenter groups. It may even net a particularly zany member of Congress. Those people deserve to face legal accountability for their actions.
But there will be much less scrutiny into why the whole thing happened, which directly implicates President Trump and numerous of his political supporters on Capitol Hill. It may not implicate them in crimes. But it implicates their responsibility. We don’t know just where the DOJ is going to draw the line on this. But even to the extent it takes a broad view of its brief everything it finds will remain secret unless and until the information becomes necessary to reveal in a criminal prosecution.
Which is to say most of it will never see the light of day. Ever.
Needless to say this leaves people like Mitch McConnell with a huge interest in saying that the DOJ has this covered and any other inquiry would be redundant and even compromise the DOJs investigations.
No shit, Micro versus Macro Investigation. Good catch Eric.
“We don’t know just where the DOJ is going to draw the line on this.”
And then goes on to say how the DOJ is going to draw the lines.
Should’ve stopped when he was ahead. How ever can we make sure this all hits the light of day?
One thing I have not understood, why is the start of this investigation deemed to be done immediately? Why not after all of the investigations, arrests and trials are completed?
In Watergate, convictions were completed before the Watergate Hearings started. In Iran Contra, hearings screwed up convictions(North and Poindexter) because they occurred before the convictions.
What’s the rush. Do it the right way.
It’s all about the 2022 mid-term elections, and then the 2024 general election, of course.
The GOP wants its voter-suppression measures in place, enforced and untouchable a.s.a.p.
The Dems anxiously prefer otherwise.
In what world will these hearing have any effect whatsoever on state voter suppression bills?
Think ‘Army McCarthy Hearings’ maybe?
Alternatively, a full-on post-departure impeachment of Don Trump.
Such an investigation will put the GOP in a bad light, they realize.
The vote-suppression will be in effect regardless. That will keep the GOP base happy, but a vigorous investigation would still rile-up Dem voters.
NY Times – May 29
It must be noted that at present, about 55% of state legislatures are under GOP control. However, this number includes many, many states with smaller populations. (Things will get worse.)
Also included are Florida, Texas, Ohio, Georgia [*] which are usually GOP.
So, what is of concern here (to the large population states) must be that the electoral vote disparity built into the Constitution continues to favor the GOP.
* – GA is blue til next year anyway.
The ten largest-population states have 256 electoral votes, but about four are with the GOP.