A New York Times report that President Joe Biden pressured his attorney general, Merrick Garland, to prosecute President Donald Trump resurfaced Thursday on X.
According to an article published by The Times Katie Benner, Katie Rogers and Michael S. Schmidt, the president in 2022 was unhappy that Garland’s Justice Department had not indicted the former president.
“The attorney general’s deliberative approach has come to frustrate Democratic allies of the White House and, at times, President Biden himself,” the Times reported. “As recently as late last year, Mr. Biden confided to his inner circle that he believed former President Donald J. Trump was a threat to democracy and should be prosecuted, according to two people familiar with his comments. And while the president has never communicated his frustrations directly to Mr. Garland, he has said privately that he wanted Mr. Garland to act less like a ponderous judge and more like a prosecutor who is willing to take decisive action over the events of Jan. 6.”
Reminder: Lawfare came from Biden. According to NYT (4/2/22), Biden told his inner circle that Trump should be prosecuted for Jan 6 and Merrick Garland should stop acting “like a ponderous judge” and take decisive action. Democrats across the country took their cues from the top. pic.twitter.com/3odoGFHGYN
— David Sacks (@DavidSacks) December 21, 2023
Since the New York Times report came out in 2022, the Department of Justice has brought two separate indictments against the former president. Special Counsel Jack Smith indicted the former president for mishandling classified documents.
Smith also indicted the president over his conduct leading up to the January 6 protest.
President Joe Biden has also suggested that he will use the Justice Department to go after Trump so the former president can not win back the White House.
“We just have to demonstrate that he will not take power, if he does run, making sure under ‘legitimate’ efforts of the Constitution, does not become the next president again,” Biden said.
Who needs elections in Joe’s America? 👇
"We just have to demonstrate that he will not take power, if he does run, making sure under 'legitimate' efforts of the Constitution, does not become the next president again." pic.twitter.com/3pMtM6Wjrb
— Katie Scarlett (@Katiescarlet2) December 21, 2023
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicted Trump on 34 counts for allegedly falsifying business records to pay $130,000 hush money to adult movie actress Stormy Daniels.
Fulton County, GA District Attorney Fani Willis indicted the former president over his effort to overturn the Georgia 2020 election results. Willis told CNN’s “News Central” on Thursday that Trump will not get any special break if he is found guilty and sentenced to jail.
“I think that everyone in society is the same, and I don’t know why that’s such a difficult concept for people,” Willis said. “You can look at the charges, and based on those charges, we’ll be recommending appropriate sentences. No one gets a special break because of their status.”