LETTER: If evidence of crime points to Trump, DOJ must indict him

To Ozaukee Press:

    Watching the Jan. 6 insurrection, I felt that former president Trump’s political career was toast and that Republicans would quickly abandon him. It didn’t take long for the party to overcome their initial disgust and embrace him as their leader. That may also reveal why Trump is planning another presidential run.

     Unfortunately for him, the House Jan. 6 committee has revealed a wealth of evidence linking Trump to both the Capitol riot and preceding efforts to overturn the will of voters and defraud the country of a fair election outcome.

     Even though this committee may influence public opinion, only the Department of Justice can pursue criminal charges. This is uncharted legal territory since no president has ever been prosecuted for attempting to thwart an election. Attorney General Garland may be reluctant to proceed unless certain of a conviction and that there won’t be a backlash involving civil unrest. There’s also the perception that the case is a political witch hunt and could last through the 2024 campaign.

     It’s uncertain whether the DOJ is currently investigating Trump, but in the interest of preserving democracy, and as an affirmation that no one is above the law, the department must move expeditiously to investigate Trump’s actions and pursue criminal charges that are warranted.

Greg Melcher

Port Washington

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