'Seditious conspiracy': Legal expert urges Merrick Garland to turn up the heat on Trump’s insurrectionist allies in Congress
When Donald Trump supporters tried to overturn the 2020 election results and prevent democratically elected Joe Biden from being sworn in as president, they had two different ways of going about it. One was the physical violence of the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building; the other was the Trump attorneys and allies who looked for ways to defy the Electoral College. Legal expert and Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe, in a December 29 tweet, slammed the latter as “seditious conspiracy.”
Tribe’s tweet was in response to a tweet by liberal Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent, who was commenting on former Trump adviser Peter Navarro’s recent interview with the Daily Beast. Navarro, in that interview, bragged about his efforts to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s Electoral College victory on January 6 — and Sargent noted that Navarro’s game plan was “getting Republicans to object to Biden electors” in order to “delay” the electoral vote count and “kick things back to states.”
Important:\n\nFormer Trump adviser Peter Navarro tells Daily Beast getting Republicans to object to Biden electors was designed to delay count to kick things back to states:\n\nhttps://bit.ly/31aZnxi\u00a0\n\nSecuring delay was key, as my piece/thread details. Attack became pivotal to that:https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1474057694520741894\u00a0\u2026— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent) 1640783980
Sargent has been tweeting about the January 6 insurrection extensively, and he has pointed out that MAGA efforts to delay the electoral vote count included both the physical violence of January 6 and the machinations of Trump’s attorneys and advisers.
Tribe, in response to Sargent, noted specific laws when he posted:
So this was both (1) seditious conspiracy (18 USC 2384) and (2) conspiracy corruptly to obstruct and impede an official proceeding (18 USC 1512(c)(2)), each a very serious federal felony \u2014 but evidently nothing to see here, Mr. Attorney General?https://twitter.com/theplumlinegs/status/1476181122849640448\u00a0\u2026— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe) 1640791906
Tribe, in that tweet, was implying that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland needs to be much more aggressive where the January 6 insurrection is concerned.
Here are some responses to Tribe’s tweet:
When one of the best respected legal minds in the country can quote chapter and verse of the federal statues that have been violated in one paragraph, there isn't a need for an investigation. The FBI should just arrest the perpetrators. Now! Today! Immediately! @DOJCrimDiv— Richard M. Thompson (@Richard M. Thompson) 1640797565
When I think about what is really happening, it makes me think NO ONE in TFG administration or TFG himself are afraid of prosecution. It's all out in the open. Not even trying to hide what they did. They will do it again. @DOJPH— Troy Carline \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Troy Carline \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1640792734
I don\u2019t understand what\u2019s going on in this country anymore. Why do we bother to have laws. How can our DOJ possibly not prosecute? It seems like the evidence is everywhere and we the public only see a small portion of it.— Original MetFan (@Original MetFan) 1640794302
AG Garland needs to let us know if there are ongoing investigations into 1/6. It\u2019s almost a year now and only foot soldiers have been held accountable. Has DOJ even opened investigations into organizers and financiers? Does DOJ want 1/6 Committee to do all work? Waiting\u2026— TheThinker (@TheThinker) 1640794534
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