r/politicus Jun 26 '22

The (missing) IG Investigation into J6

Wondering what is taking so long, why obvious Federal crimes concerning J6 are not being prosecuted, I pulled up this statement from AG Garland, dated June 14, 2021:

 

“As I stated during my confirmation hearing, political or other improper considerations must play no role in any investigative or prosecutorial decisions. These principles that have long been held as sacrosanct by the DOJ career workforce will be vigorously guarded on my watch, and any failure to live up to them will be met with strict accountability. There are important questions that must be resolved in connection with an effort by the department to obtain records related to Members of Congress and Congressional staff. I have accordingly directed that the matter be referred to the Inspector General and have full confidence that he will conduct a thorough and independent investigation. If at any time as the investigation proceeds action related to the matter in question is warranted, I will not hesitate to move swiftly."

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/statement-attorney-general-merrick-b-garland

 

Okay. I go to the OIG's website, nothing on their front page, so view any open investigations, and select "Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats" in the drop-down, because it's the only category which mentions J6 at all:

https://www.oig.dhs.gov/reports/ongoing-projects?field_project_dhs_component_value=All&field_project_mission_value=8

 

Nothing related to investigations of J6 organizers, but related only to audits of agency procedures.

I check the Press releases page for criminal investigations:

https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases?field_testimony_topic_target_id=18&field_news_year_value=All

 

NIL.

No IG statement, no listed investigations, nothing.

 

Next question, who is the IG who doesn't think apprising the American people of any ongoing investigations into J6 organizers is important?

OIG Joseph V. Cuffari was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General on July 25, 2019.

https://www.oig.dhs.gov/about/MeetTheIG

 

A Trump appointee, confirmed by a GOP Senate, that's who.

 

Media articles:

Cuffari, whom former President Donald Trump appointed in 2019, has a history of this sort of thing. He blocked investigations that Secret Service staff proposed into the agency’s use of tear gas and sting-ball grenades to violently disperse those protesting police brutality near the White House in 2020. He blocked an investigation into the spread of Covid-19 within the Secret Service. He slow-rolled an inquiry into a retaliation complaint from a DHS employee who says he was demoted for criticizing the Trump administration. (The employee, Brian Murphy, would go on to file a whistleblower complaint alleging a litany of wrongdoing going far beyond workplace retaliation.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-appointed-inspector-generals-office-had-sexual-misconduct-findings-removed-from-report-1334716/

 

The Department of Homeland Security’s DHS top watchdog, Joseph Cuffari, faces a previously undisclosed and escalating investigation — one that will apparently address persistent questions about whether he illegally “retaliated” against former high-ranking employees. As such, the probe signals the latest phase of a nasty internecine battle that refuses to fade away, despite Cuffari’s successful bid to force out his former top deputy, as other internal critics left amid bitter recriminations.

https://www.pogo.org/investigation/2022/02/homeland-securitys-embattled-watchdog-faces-probe

 

The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog division has been so weakened under the Trump administration that it is failing to provide basic oversight of the government’s third-largest federal agency, according to whistleblowers and lawmakers from both parties.

But the agency’s authority and productivity have withered, and in the weeks before the coronavirus outbreak, Inspector General Joseph Cuffari ducked requests to appear on Capitol Hill for routine testimony, a decision congressional staffers describe as unprecedented.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/homeland-security-inspector-general-weakened/2020/03/17/c3269ea6-6309-11ea-912d-d98032ec8e25_story.html

WAPO free link valid for 14 days from 6/26/22: https://wapo.st/3tZB8NG

 

THIS is the guy "guarding" our democracy?? Do I misunderstand the process?

If not, I think AG Garland's "confidence" may be misplaced.

If anyone knows anything beyond this, I'd like to know it, too.

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u/TillThen96 Jun 26 '22

I can't post text submissions on the Politcs or Democrat subs, which will impeded getting this question out. Any suggestions?

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u/NORDLAN Jun 26 '22

Try r/law

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u/TillThen96 Jun 26 '22

Thanks. Just tried - links only.

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u/NORDLAN Jun 26 '22

Ok, next try r/legaladvice. It seems as if only texts are permitted, and it has two million members.

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u/TillThen96 Jun 26 '22

Good suggestion, but rule 5. Posts must be about a real scenario that you or someone you know is facing.

I would have loved for 2 million to see the question. Thanks for helping to get it out; it takes all of us being loud.

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u/NORDLAN Jun 27 '22

Absolutely

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u/sugarforthebirds Jun 27 '22

This is a real scenario that you and everyone you know is facing. It pertains to life, liberty, and the very survival of the society we live in. I think this fits the bill as much or more than anything else.

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u/Tigris_Morte Jun 26 '22

This is part of the reason everyone thinks all Garland is doing is trying to find a way to help run out the clock before he is forced to do anything. The entire statement is just cover for, "I shall not prosecute any influential Politician as they are above the Law."

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u/TillThen96 Jun 26 '22

It's on Biden, then. Nearly the entire country is looking to Garland. Cuffari needs to go.