November 20, 2022: Special Counsel Déjà Vu
I am a retired federal prosecutor, and very anxious that Trump and others will be held accountable for the offenses committed against our country. I wrote just this morning in response to your last post, Joyce, describing my frustration at the hiring of the special counsel. Your thoughts in this post have thankfully calmed my fears to a large extent and allows me to resume being hopeful that justice will be done after all, when all is said and done. Thank you, as always, for your detailed, thoughtful, and common sense thoughts.
I'm sorry to say that of all the places for an event like last night to happen, Colorado Springs only surprises me that it hasn't happened there earlier. It used to be a nice little town; my grandparents lived there and I loved to go stay with them on vacations in the 50s. Beginning in the late 70s and into the 80s, it tuned into what has been for the past 30 years the "New Jerusalem" of the far far (non)Christian Fundamentalist Right. The site of Fundie scandal after Fundie scandal at the Air Force Academy as Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is always busting them for. The HQ of James Dobson's hateful Focus on the Family organization that teaches gay children are possessed by the devil that has to be beaten out of them. The site of the Vineyard Church scandal in the late 90s with the fundie pastor who was a meth-snorting gay who hired gay prostitutes and preached against gays. I told a gay friend 20 years ago who was thinking of taking a job in that city that he might as well move into a lion's den.
As to Mr. Smith, I am comforted by his response to a question from a reporter when he took command of the Public Integrity Section of DOJ, who asked if he was worried about the political power those he was going after could bring to bear: "If I was the kind of person who could be intimidated, I'd have sought a different line of work."
We really are in uncharted waters, no matter what we want to say about "all citizens being equal" before the law and all. Name another country that has successfully prosecuted one of these monsters domestically. It's like the Germans overthrowing Hitler in 1938 and then giving him a fair trial, or the Soviets arresting Stalin. Try him and do it according to the rules. This has never been done anywhere before - it's why there is a Hague Court where Smith worked, because nations had demonstrated they couldn't do this.
Anderson Lee Aldrich, the 22-year old gunman in last night's shooting, has been identified as the grandson of far right California politician Republican State Assemblymember Randy Voepel, the former mayor of Santee, California. Voepel represents the 71st district in the San Diego area, but was defeated in a primary election this past summer. There were calls to expel Voepel from the State Assembly after he made comments comparing the January 6 attacks to the Revolutionary War. Aldrich’s mother, Laura Voepel, has written posts praising Randy Voepel on Facebook and confirming he is her father.
In other words, the road apple didn't fall far from the horse's posterior.
Justice is tired holding those heavy scales outstretched... for this man who has tried so hard to tear the country apart. I hope she gets a rest soon, the sooner the better.
I wonder if one other reason a Special Counsel may have also been considered is because GOP members of Congress may also be under investigation along with trump as co-conspirators. Multiple indictments of GOP senior members could be viewed by some as a political act, despite evidence to the contrary. I do hope those members of congress who did act in support of Jan 6, are held to account - as well as the former guy.
Thank you, Joyce! I'm not set to face the coming week!
As uplifting as one can possibly hope for. Thank you, Joyce. Fingers crossed.....
Bringing Mueller into the conversation, as you did, reminds me of an oddity of that situation. Very few people were willing to say publicly what I figured out just from watching Mueller testify: the man had slipped a stitch. He clearly was having cognitive difficulties, and apparently none of his posse of prosecutors was willing to save him from himself. I don't know if it was respect, or fear, but none of his team tried to grab the wheel. This allowed Barr to more easily grab the ball and run with it. And where did he take it? Nowhere ... leaving Trump to fight another day, as it were.
Joyce, this clarifies much for the many questions that were floating around in my head and has shown me a structure I’d never quite been able to see before. Excellent. Thank you.
Thanks for the careful explanation. You settle the mind.
Softly I greet you Joyce this fair night for your clear accounting of what we might expect from Jack Smith and events that are about to unfold. I remind myself that a lot of the negative commentary or spin on Smith is meant to destroy any momentum or hope we might have to hold FPOTUS accountable. I can only listen to so much of it than go off script to quiet my mind and climb out of the abyss. But I too am cautiously optimistic. Thanks for helping us through the maze once again.
Thank you for such a comprehensive article. In the news today, the GOP demanded a Special Counsel to look into Biden. Is there anything to justify this? Or is it just more Republican insanity?
I imagine that the DOJ has amassed ample evidence, and that what remains is for Smith to review it all, put it together into two cohesive packages, and move to convict. And I bet this will happen relatively quickly. (Am I being overly optimistic?)
I always read your essays to settle my mind and as a reminder to be patient.
Much appreciated, Joyce. Hope you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving!
If the 11th Circuit overturns Judge Cannon will the DOJ be able to go full steam ahead on interviewing witnesses or does Trump have any appeals left?
Also, the Jan 6 Committee will be issuing their report by the end of the year. Will this impact the ongoing investigations by the DOJ? I would hope it would sway parts of the public who are on the fence but am not holding my breath.
Thank you for all you do.