The Jan. 6 Committee gift-wrapped Trump for Merrick Garland. Is it enough?


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 belief” that crimes “may” have been committed — namely, obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

The brief lays out evidence the committee has gathered from 550 witnesses over the past six months. The pieces begin to form a picture: Trump pressured Mike Pence to abuse his powers as vice president to obstruct the…

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