Emptywheel: Why to delay Meadows indictment: Bannon using indictment to monitor J6 investigationhttps://www.emptywheel.net/2022/02/07/why-to-delay-a-mark-meadows-indictment-bannon-is-using-his-contempt-prosecution-to-monitor-the-ongoing-january-6-investigation/
Marcy makes a great case why DOJ isnt indicting Meadows now, brings the receipts, and some cases, the receipts for those receipts.
When Ive pointed this explanation out to those wondering why DOJ has yet to (visibly) act on the Meadows contempt referral the January 6 Select Committee the House sent over on December 14, they ask why DOJ cant just charge Meadows with contempt now and then follow up with obstruction charges later.
The answer is clear. Doing so will make any ongoing investigation far more difficult.
We can see why thats true from the Bannon case. Bannon has already used his contempt prosecution as a means to obtain evidence about an ongoing obstruction investigation implicating Trump.
Given what Meadows has already done, DOJ surely views the potential of Meadows cooperation as more useful than a time-consuming and restrictive contempt prosecution.
And thats true, first and foremost, because charging Meadows with contempt now would further limit their ability to shield parts of their investigation from the suspected co-conspirators.
Much, much more at link.
that the DOJ doesnt just fly by the seat of its pants? I am also surprised to find that decisions arent made by internet randos who think they know everything.
Members of congress allowing internet buzz to lead their decision making. Make enough noise, make the crowd sound bigger than it really is and they will do your bidding for fear of losing office. And no one expects any better of them.
pre-trial legal maneuvering to impatient for justice DU posters. I have just enough legal background to sympathize if not completely understand the issues. Thanks for your efforts.