Newsmax reported on an op-ed published Friday by the New York Times editorial board demanding Joe Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland indict and prosecute President Donald Trump. The leftist “paper of record” called for the current administration to charge Trump over what it sees as crimes regarding the 2020 election and the events of January 6, 2021.
BREAKING: The NY Times Editorial Board has formally called for the indictment of Donald J. Trump
We are in the midst of a pre-emptive coup
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The Times claimed that it sees federal crimes in the “schemes to interfere in the certification” of the Electoral College vote and the “inspiration” of the demonstrators at the U.S. Capitol Building.
The paper of course relies on statements released by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand-selected January 6 Committee for its claim that an “unprecedented assault on the integrity of American democracy requires a criminal investigation.” The editorial board said that it has “little doubt that Mr. Trump sought to subvert the Constitution and overturn the will of the American people.
The board claims that President Trump attempted to enlist election officials in a “furious effort to remain in power” and then “roused an armed mob” to threaten lawmakers.
The paper’s latest demands are consistent with its previous calls for the impeachment of President Trump. The latest breathless call to action says that if Garland concludes there is sufficient evidence, he must indict Trump in addition to the previously failed impeachment efforts.
Without citing specific federal laws it claims President Trump allegedly violated, the board said that efforts to overturn election results and to “persuade” Vice President Mike Pence to reject the Electoral College results should be tried as criminal acts. It also said that Trump’s involvement in January 6 amounts to “seditious conspiracy.”
The paper went on to say that prosecuting President Trump is a “necessary first step” toward fixing the “greatest crisis in American democracy since the Civil War.”
The editors went on to heap praise on Garland, saying that he has been “deliberate, methodical and scrupulous in his leadership.” Of course, there was no objective commentary on the suspect nature of the search warrant Garland obtained from an anti-Trump judge.
The piece also did not question Garland’s decision to direct the FBI to raid Mar-a-Lago for documents President Trump has said the government could have had any time if they asked.
The editors only tempered their irrational demands with a cynical observation that it is concerned that a prosecution of President Trump could “inflame the bitter partisan divide, even to the point of civil unrest.