Andy McCarthy: Political pressure may force Garland’s hand on Trump prosecution

It has been clear for quite some time that those leading the House committee probing the Jan. 6, 2021 unrest at the U.S. Capitol would love nothing more than to see former President Donald Trump criminally prosecuted as a result of their work, and one prominent legal expert just announced that such a prospect is something Attorney General Merrick Garland may be unable to resist, as Fox News reports.

Speaking Monday on the network’s America Reports program, Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy opined that the continued chorus from the progressive left calling for a Trump prosecution may simply be too much for the AG to withstand, despite the serious damage such a move would surely cause to the country as a whole.

Though there is most certainly a substantial number of members on the Jan. 6 panel itching for criminal charges to be leveled against Trump, it appeared this week that the sentiment is not necessarily unanimous.

As The Hill noted, committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) on Monday declared that the group had no plans to make any criminal referrals to the Justice Department (DOJ) stemming from their inquiry.

“That’s not our job. Our job is to look at Jan. 6. What caused it and make recommendations after that… . We don’t have the authority,” said Thompson.

Those comments sparked a surprisingly public show of disagreement among committee members, whose approach has seemed nothing short of lockstep since the panel’s creation.

Outspoken Republican committee vice chair and adamant Trump foe Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) took to Twitter to temper Thompson’s claim by saying, “The January 6th Select Committee has not issued a conclusion regarding potential criminal referrals. We will announce a decision on that at an appropriate time.”

Regardless of the committee’s decision, however, McCarthy is concerned that even though Garland “in his heart of hearts knows that unless you had just a really, really compelling, strong, clear case of a criminal violation against Trump, that it would be a profound mistake to divide the country in the way a prosecution like that would divide the country.”

Sadly, however, according to McCarthy, “this administration has shown a propensity, again and again, to basically give into the louder voices on the progressive left, and they want a prosecution here,” and as such, it is far from clear that the AG will have the integrity to stand firm against the demands of the liberal mob and do what is right.