One of the great debates going on in progressive circles is whether the 1/6 Committee should make a criminal referral to the Justice Department with Donald Trump as its subject. As the title indicates I have some definite thoughts on that and justifications colored by the political reality in today’s America. I’d like to present some of them below and invite you to come along.
Even with a postponement – and I have some thoughts on that, not to be shared today – the 1/6 Committee hearings were the big events of the week just ended. We learned some things and other suspicions were confirmed. Allow me to go through a brief overview and comments exercise.
For some time now I’ve described the Trump administration as an organized criminal enterprise. With due respect to real mobsters and in view of last week’s 1/6 Committee hearings perhaps I need to put scare quotes around the word organized.
It was a tough call as to the biggest political story of the week just past. I came up with a category and even then, it is incomplete. I want to focus on three Congressional votes.
I found it somewhat puzzling that Republican Senators could have voted to confirm credibly accused child rapist Brett Kavanagh to the Supreme Court on October 6, 2018 and yet have refused to vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson for the same position on April 7, 2022 largely because they felt she had been too soft in her sentencing of possessors of child pornography even after her sentences proved to be in line with common judicial practice and often harsher than the prosecution has asked for. Well 37 of them did and that number would have been 38 if one actually came to work on a Saturday. Hey, it was only a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court on the line.