Excellent summary of DOJ's January 6 investigation/prosecutions at emptywheel.nethttps://www.emptywheel.net/2021/12/08/a-taxonomy-of-the-visible-january-6-crime-scene-investigation/
If you have posted on DU complaining about Garland and DOJs supposed lack of action against the insurrectionists, this is essential reading to avoid embarrassing yourself further.
Proving these interlocking conspiracies would be vital to moving up from the militias, because it shows the premeditation involved in the assault on the Capitol. DOJ hasnt rolled this out yet, but they seem to be very very close.
But in the last six months or so, it seems that DOJ has been more selective about which of the 2,000 2,500 people who entered the Capitol they choose to arrest, based off investigative necessities. After all, in addition to being defendants, these MAGA Tourists are also witnesses to more serious crimes. Now that DOJ has set up a steady flow of plea deals for misdemeanors, people are pleading guilty more quickly. With just a few exceptions, the vast majority of those charged or who have pled down to trespassing charges have agreed to a cooperation component (entailing an FBI interview and sharing social media content) as part of their plea deal. And DOJ seems to be arresting the trespassers who, for whatever reason, may be useful cooperating witnesses for the larger investigation. I started collecting some of what misdemeanant cooperation will yield, but it includes:
Video or photographic evidence
Hard as it may be to understand, there were parts of the riot that were not, for a variety of reasons, well captured by government surveillance footage. And a significant number of misdemeanor defendants seem to be arrested because they can be seen filming with their phones on what surveillance footage does exist, and are known to have traveled to places where such surveillance footage appears to be unavailable or less useful. The government has or seems to be using evidence from other defendants to understand what happened:
TV lawyers seem certain that Trump could be charged with incitement, without considering that to charge that, DOJ would first have to collect evidence that people responded to his words by invading the Capitol or even engaging in violence.
Much more at link- highly recommended.
building cases and investigating to discover the evidence needed to bring people to justice.
Unless someone is following all this very closely and has contacts within the DOJ, much of that gets missed by the rest of us. It's a pity, it seems to me, that some people are so eager to talk trash about AG Garland and the DOJ.
For example, the suit just filed against Texas is evidence that important work is ongoing there.
to do complex investigations, it just that we have to factor in an election. This is a variable that is not a factor in a normal criminal investigation, and that is why we get frustrated and worried.
to walk a mile in an FBI/DOJs shoes right now. They must be overworked and tired looking into thousands
of insurrectionists and connecting them to their head orange leader in such a way as to guarantee he will
go to prison for a long time. I'm sure they're pleased with the help they are getting from The select
it, when the results are in, when we have an outcome, when we have appropriate accountability. Im not willing to experience the level of disappointment I did with Mueller or the impeachments again.
Sure this summation and analysis sounds good, but so did the Mueller investigation updates and the case made in both impeachments. So sorry, if that means I embarrassed myself in anyones eyes, they are welcome to think whatever they want.
ps Ill be thrilled if Im wrong and will gladly eat crow if and when proven so.
Bookmarking! to read later... thanks again