Norman Eisen, Doonald Ayer, Joshua Perry, Noah Bookbinder, and E. Danya Perry: “Trump on Trial: A Guide to the January 6 Hearings and the Question of Criminality” (Brookings, PDF)
Of course, we know that the ultimate decision whether to seek charges can be made only by federal and state prosecutors. We understand the significant distance between “likely guilty” and provably “guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.” And we do not think that prosecution should lightly be instituted against anyone—including against a former President of the United States who remains supported by a significant percentage of the electorate. But we believe that the integrity of our legal system depends upon living up to the principle that no person is above the law. Thus the job ahead must be to apply the law to all the known facts, and adhere to traditional principles in deciding whether to move forward with prosecution. It is critically important to the rule of law that its penalties apply to all persons equally, regardless of their influence or political stature.
Andrew Tobias: What Ordinary Republicans Think About January 6
Stephen Pizzo (about the above PDF): “I just read the whole damn thing, and it’s the most devastating indictment of criminality I have ever re … and I’ve read a lot of indictments. Reading it is like listening to the closing argument to a jury by a federal prosecutor, strong and so full of illegality and violations of laws that it’s simply stunning one man could be so criminal. If you haven’t read it, you should before the live hearings. It gives you a road map to the committee’s findings and will produce enormous pressure on the DOJ to prosecute Trump and those closest to him during this sorry episode in American history. From the conclusion: ‘There has never been a case where securing accountability for wrongdoing was more critical to the future of the nation.’”
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