New AG to prosecute thought crimes?
Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland will promise to "supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol," as he seeks confirmation for his appointment next week.
President Joe Biden's pick will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose members will consider his nomination on Monday and Tuesday, that "battling extremist attacks on our democratic institutions" remains central to the Justice Department's mission.
A preview of Garland's submission to the committee, first reported by Politico, shows that the Chicago-native will call the January 6 riot "a heinous attack."
"If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6—a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government," he is expected to say.
Garland, who has served 24 years as a judge, will also cite his experience in prosecuting those who were behind the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, an attack also motivated by anti-government extremist beliefs.
Away from the Capitol attack, Garland also looks set to attempt to move the department away from accusations it faced under his predecessor, William Barr.
I don't know any white supremacists and I have seen no evidence that those who illegally rioted in the Capitol building were white supremacists. It is possible that Democrats in Washington have widened the definition of "white supremacists" to include everyone who opposes their ridiculous agenda. I also question why you would not base your prosecution on illegal actions rather than the thought crimes of being a white supremacist. It looks like the term "white supremacists" is just a Democrat slur aimed at people who disagree with them on policies that have nothing to do with their race.