Comment: DOJ not ignoring Jan. 6 panel’s case against Trump

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By Barbara McQuade / Special To The Washington Post

Federal prosecutors are trained to tune out the noise of public outcry and focus on the facts and the law when they make decisions about whether to charge someone. But in the case of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol last year, the sound is deafening. Is Attorney General Merrick Garland listening?

This week, the volume rose when the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack filed a brief in court laying out evidence that builds a potential criminal case against former president Donald Trump. The brief was filed in a civil dispute with Trump lawyer John Eastman over whether the attorney-client privilege protects certain documents the committee has subpoenaed. The committee argued that what is known as the crime-fraud exception to the privilege applies to the documents because evidence supports a “good-faith…

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