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A Fox News analyst has laid out the case for barring Donald Trump from campaigning to be president again in 2024.
Liberal Juan Williams, a former co-host of “The Five,” Juan Williams made his case in an opinion piece on The Hill website.
Let’s agree — former President Trump is running again.
He has $100 million in his political war-chest. His GOP rivals for the nomination, including top congressional Republicans, fear him.
One reason he might not run is if any of the several investigations into his business affairs leads to criminal indictment.
Another roadblock might emerge if Congress gets access to his tax returns and finds embarrassing debts that compromised his dealings with powerful people in other countries.
None of that is likely to stop him from launching Trump ’24.
He said that Attorney General Merrick Garland has the power to prevent Trump from becoming president again and that he should do it because of the events of January 6 at the Capitol.
“Garland has the power to rule out another Trump run by citing ‘section 3 of the 14th amendment, which bars anyone from holding office who “engaged in insurrection,” against the U.S.,’ Robert Reich, the former Labor secretary, recently wrote in The Guardian,” he said.
Williams argued that “The facts say Trump tried to stage a coup,” which, of course, is Williams’s opinion and not a fact.
“For example, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 74 percent of Republicans agree that ‘too much is being made of the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th and it is time to move on,’” the analyst said.
“The whitewashing of the Jan. 6 riots is an ongoing conspiracy to downplay violent disruption of the U.S. government,” Williams said.
“So, yes, there is a case to be made that Trump committed crimes against America,” he said.
“The bottom line is this: Now that Trump is out of office, the DOJ’s view that sitting presidents cannot be indicted no longer shields him. Attempted coups cannot be ignored,’ wrote lawyers Laurence Tribe, Barbara McQuade and Joyce White Vance in a recent column in The Washington Post,” he argued.
“If Garland’s Justice Department is going to restore respect for the rule of law, no one, not even a former president can be above it,” he said.
“Yes, Garland has the power to stop Trump from running again. It is time to use it,” he concluded.
But CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin argued in an opinion piece on the CNN website that Garland should avoid prosecuting Trump.
“The latest revelations about Trump’s final days in office demonstrate that his behavior was, at a minimum, outrageous. He pressured his acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, to open an investigation of purported fraud in the vote count in Georgia, even though there was no evidence of such wrongdoing. In one call, Trump apparently directed Rosen to ‘just say the election was corrupt, [and] leave the rest to me,’” Toobin said.
“Trump also allegedly engineered the departure of the United States attorney in Georgia when he refused to pursue Trump’s false claims. In addition, Trump’s statements at a rally in Washington, DC, on January 6 are said to have led his supporters to storm the Capitol later that day. For some distinguished lawyers, this evidence provides a roadmap for Merrick Garland, the attorney general, to direct a criminal investigation of the former president,” he said.
“To which I’d respond: not so fast. It’s one thing to describe the former president’s behavior as disgraceful and wrong – and I’d share that view – but quite another to argue that Trump should be criminally prosecuted. Based on the available evidence, there is no basis to prosecute Trump and little reason even to open a criminal investigation,” he said as he went on to list the possible charges and why they would not work.
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