Trump’s conduct requires federal investigation (opinion)
We believe that the full scope of Trump’s conduct should be investigated by federal authorities, for the same reasons and in the same manner that they usually investigate credible evidence of major wrongdoing. But we recognize that not much is known yet and that tax decisions are premature.
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s lifelong dedication to the impartial and non-partisan administration of justice, combined with his work to date, makes it clear that he is well positioned to oversee the process and make the final decisions.
All of this and more warrants a federal investigation. But we also recognize the challenges of choosing to sue Trump. While we disagree with those who say these concerns should preclude an investigation, the difficulties still need to be addressed.
This is why a thorough investigation is necessary, which does not prejudge the outcome and which is therefore as credible as possible, even for the partisans.
Then there is the practical argument that a criminal case against Trump for his post-election conduct will, if initiated, be very difficult, based as it does on the jury’s assessment of the state of spirit of Trump. This is undoubtedly true, and the past four years have made it clear that he is, at the very least, a very accomplished liar.
But the ability to prove a case against a chronically dishonest accused is really a matter of the prosecutor, and a question that regularly arises in complex cases where particular actions only become criminal when carried out with a certain frame of mind. . While it is not possible to read anyone’s mind, powerful inferences about intention or purpose are often possible from surrounding circumstances. Prosecutors (and juries) make such inferences all the time.
Should we conclude from the gravity of such disputes that no investigation is underway? Absolutely not. There are powerful reasons for not disclosing an ongoing investigation. Indeed, that is how the system is supposed to work.
The basic idea is that the government, in fairness to all parties involved, should investigate wrongdoing as quietly as reasonably possible and inform the public when it is ready to take public action – whether under the supervision of the public. form of charges laid or termination of an investigation without charge in a case where the existence of the investigation has inevitably come to light.
So, we can be thankful that Garland does not act like his predecessor, but rather scrupulously follows the spirit and letter of long-standing policy by simply being silent on what, if anything, needs to be done to. About Trump. This is how it should be.
The decision to prosecute Trump at the federal level is in good hands with the attorney general and his professional staff. Their rigorous review process, along with Garland’s long history of making sober judgments under the law, regardless of parish politics and concerns, can be trusted to redeem the national interest and secure the trust of the nation. public.