From Day One, Attorney General Merrick Garland has faced a dilemma: How to deal with Trump. The pressure from within the Democratic Party to prosecute Trump has been enormous. But a Trump acquittal would be a political catastrophe.
Navigating a Trump prosecution has become much more difficult of late. After a year where Trump looked like he was too crippled to run, the collapse of President Biden’s approval ratings has made a Trump return to the White House a very real possibility. At the same time, the January 6th hearings have not just damaged Trump, they have turbocharged Democratic rage. The sum and substance is that not prosecuting Trump is becoming practically impossible.
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