I was ordering ballpoint pen refills the other day and was taken aback by the product recommendations allegedly related to items in my cart, which again, were ballpoint pen refills:
Maybe taking notes by hand is kind of old school, but Depends? Really?
In “if you can keep it” news, the House January 6th committee issued a new raft of subpoenas today, including for ghoulish kid-torture enthusiast Stephen Miller and compulsive liar Kayleigh McEnany. Will the subpoenas ever be enforced? We don’t know, but MSNBC legal analyst Joyce Vance says stop being so impatient with the DoJ about double-deck shirt-wearing evil diffuser Steve Bannon:
Moreover, while Bannon’s situation seems simple on the surface, it’s impossible to know whether allegations of other criminal conduct by Bannon or other people needs to be investigated and evaluated for prosecution as part of this same matter. That could complicate matters. Because we live in a system that protects those under investigation in the event it’s ultimately determined that they didn’t engage in wrongdoing, we aren’t going to be privy to the Justice Department’s conclusions until it acts…
So, as we wait, frustrated and concerned, we must remind ourselves that there are good reasons for prosecutors to take the time to do a thorough and thoughtful job. That we want a system of government in which the rule of law works, not one that responds to crowds that loudly chant “lock him up.” And that while it’s not easy to live through the struggle to restore a functioning democracy, the hard work and even the waiting are worth doing.
What she’s saying makes sense. But I don’t understand why compelling someone to testify (under penalty of incarceration or fines if they won’t comply) requires creating an ironclad case of that person’s guilt on related matters. Isn’t the point of testimony to further the investigation? Are potential criminal defendants in other cases allowed to ignore subpoenas?
More to the point in our current conundrum, how is a co-equal branch of government that lacks the authority to compel testimony supposed to conduct a timely investigation on a matter of grave national importance?
Vance says the wait is worth it if you want a credible system, and I believe that. But could it also be true that our system has a built-in fatal flaw that will allow the most shameless and depraved people who ever infested the executive branch to evade accountability — possibly to catastrophic effect?
Looks like we’ll find out. Interesting times, y’all.