I saw the Maddow blog report on this memo (somewhere on Twitter; I'm not gonna look for it now) and almost immediately thought: "Oh, crap, not again."
As @LawofRuby writes, reaction to @Maddow report about DOJ memo has been overblown, even renewal of Barr memo requiring AG notice of investigations of presidential candidates. Barr may have had ulterior motives for it, but it’s a sound management practice https://t.co/viRhc15UFe— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) July 20, 2022
Does anyone seriously think a US Attorney can indict a former POTUS without consulting the sitting AG? Anybody? Anybody? Bueller? Ferris Bueller?
Memo does not prevent DOJ from charging Trump even if he announces presidential campaign. It simply requires notice to AG, who must approve charges anyway. DOJ usually cools off about 60 days before elections, including primaries. That gives them until about Nov 2023. It’s all ok— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) July 20, 2022
What McQuade has already said was perfectly obvious to anyone willing to think for two nanoseconds. Which pretty much excludes Maddow & Co., who have pretty much turned into Chicken Little & Co., long, long ago. So "transparency" is not just in the eye of the beholder, it's in the mind of those who choose to understand. Of which there clearly aren't enough around.
One thing Garland could do better is to explain his policies to the public. He may lack appreciation that things have changed since he last worked at DOJ in the 90s. In our hyper-partisan moment, everything a public official does is met with suspicion. Transparency is paramount.— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) July 20, 2022
Yeah, but when're ya gonna LOCK 'IM UP???!!!! TRANSPARENCY NOW!!!!!!!
Attorney General Merrick Garland on January 6th investigation: "We do not do our investigations in public. This is the most wide-ranging investigation and the most important investigation that the Justice Department has ever entered into...We have to get this right." pic.twitter.com/SUT93bbPsE— CSPAN (@cspan) July 20, 2022