The Department of Justice (DOJ) is the federal agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes. In recent years, there has been significant public scrutiny of the DOJ’s decision-making process when it comes to indicting individuals involved in high-profile events.
The DOJ has gone after January 6 protesters with the full extent of the law, even possibly targeting the wrong people, while ignoring the rioters in 2020 and altering the plea deals for leftist terrorists in the case where two lawyers threw Molotov cocktails at police cruisers.
Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman pleaded guilty to one count of possessing and making an explosive device last year. Instead of continuing with the plea deal, the DOJ rescinded it and allowed them both to plead guilty to conspiring to assemble the Molotov cocktail and damage a New York Police Department patrol vehicle.
Jonathan Turley, George Washington University law professor, said, “That is a nosebleed of a drop in the severity and punishment for this violent attack. It is a sharp contrast to the harsh position taken by the Biden Justice Department on many of those accused of rioting on January 6. Attorney General Merrick Garland cited the threat to police officers in pledging an unprecedented effort to charge and convict those involved on any level in the riot.”
In the case of Michael Flynn, he was pressured to plead guilty to lying to the FBI but there was no punishment for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe when he leaked sensitive information to the Clinton campaign during the “Russia collusion” investigation and lied about it. After McCabe was fired, President Joe Biden’s Justice Department restored his full pension.
Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, is another example of the DOJ waiting to act on an investigation for political reasons. Hunter Biden was being investigated for tax fraud in 2020, but the investigation was halted during the 2020 election by U.S. Attorney David Weiss. Hunter’s bank records were subpoenaed in May 2019, and there are many questions about why it’s taken so long for the investigation to move forward.
Failure to hold FBI agents accountable is a growing issue as well. Larry Nasser sexually assaulted female U.S. Olympic athletes and was sentenced to 175 years in prison. The FBI office that the victims reported the abuse to turned a blind eye and didn’t take a report from them. Now, 13 of the victims are suing the FBI for a total of $130 million because they allowed the abuse to continue by not reporting the crimes.
John Manly, an attorney representing some of the victims, said, “The continued failure by the Department of Justice to criminally charge the FBI agents, U.S.A. Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee officials who conspired to cover up the largest sex abuse scandal in the history of sports is incomprehensible.” The DOJ’s treatment of criminal activity is startling.
Shockingly, Peter Navarro, one of former President Donald Trump’s advisors, was held in contempt of congress and arrested for defying a congressional subpoena. On the Democrat side, former Attorney General Eric Holder defied a similar congressional subpoena and the DOJ declined to prosecute.
Conservative writer Ben Weingarten contrasted Navarro’s arrest with former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman’s acquittal after it was proven that he lied to the FBI about Russian collusion.
Weingarten said, “It sends an unmistakable message: We can get you anytime, anywhere, on any grounds we choose. You can’t touch even a single one of ours.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), an advocate for gun rights, recently went on the House floor to ask how Hunter Biden was able to purchase a firearm during the time he was addicted to crack cocaine. Boebert asked how Hunter could avoid prosecution for lying on a background check to purchase a firearm while Joe Biden is attacking lawful firearm owners.
Boebert said, “Hunter Biden lied on a federal firearms application, which is punishable by up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine, of which 10% will not be going to the ‘Big Guy.’ Rules for thee, but not for my crackhead parmesan-smoking, gun-criminal son.”
The DOJ has come under fire in recent years for its decision-making process when it comes to indicting individuals who are involved in high-profile events. Some feel that the agency is targeting the wrong people, while others argue that they are not doing enough to prosecute leftist terrorists. Whatever your opinion may be, it is important to have an open dialogue about these issues and hold our government accountable.