House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) is concerned that former President Donald Trump’s carryovers in the Department of Justice are going to stop prosecutions over the January 6 Commission investigation.
The January 6 commission hasn’t finished up its hearings and there haven’t been any charges filed, which makes Clyburn’s assessment baseless and unprecedented.
Clyburn told CNN, “I’m not going to zero in on the prosecution of Donald Trump. I do have some concerns about what seems to be some reticence coming from the department as to how to ratchet up these investigations.”
The problem with Clyburn’s comments is that the DOJ has swayed heavily on the Democrat party’s side even while Trump was in office. U.S. Attorney David Weiss paused the investigation into Hunter Biden months before the 2020 election to prevent the public from hearing about it, targeted Project Veritas over Ashley Biden’s diary, and agreed to hide Jeffrey Epstein’s client list. It’s absurd to think that the DOJ wouldn’t target Republicans.
Clyburn continued, “I just came out of a primary election here in South Carolina. I got elected — renominated last week. And I’m talking to voters. I’ve been in Florida, Georgia, Connecticut, New Jersey, Michigan, all in the last 30 days, and I’m telling you, people are concerned that the Department of Justice may have too many carryovers from the last administration and [is] not moving in order to do what’s needed to protect this democracy.”
Clyburn, a Democrat, would be more likely to encounter Democrats who agree with his views while at events and in states across the country than to have discussions with people who oppose his views. That means that the conversations he had with people more likely than not agree with his assessment.
When Clyburn was asked if he was concerned that the DOJ is restrained, he said, “Yes, I am. There’s no question about that. I’ve talked to my constituents, and I get a lot of my marching orders from them. They’re concerned — so am I.”
Again, living in an echo chamber of political viewpoints doesn’t prove that Trump is guilty and it doesn’t prove that citizens of the United States should be concerned. It proves that Clyburn’s constituents share the same values. That’s not a surprise.
With more hearings coming up, the January 6 Commission has their opportunity to prove a case, but it’s unlikely they’ll be able to prove their case. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told CNN that they’ll show more evidence that Trump was involved in “this scheme,” and they’ll show more evidence of what Trump’s lawyers think about Trump. Schiff is the same lawmaker that doctored text messages from Jim Jordan (R-OH) and pawned them off as evidence of Republican attempts to overturn the 2020 election.
Prosecutors will be watching and afterward will make a decision based on the evidence provided. Attorney General Merrick Garland told the Washington Examiner, “I will be sure that I am watching all of it. And I can assure you that the January 6 prosecutors are watching all of the hearings as well.”