Posted on January 6, 2023 Challenging Corruption Share: Jurist recently published a new oped by FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein, FSFP President John Bonifaz, and FSFP Board Chair and Senior Legal Advisor Ben Clements on the Department of Justice’s decision to ignore “substantial evidence” that Trump tried to obstruct its investigation into Russia’s election interference in 2016 and that he directed campaign finance crimes. The following is an excerpt from the new piece: By announcing a special counsel appointment predicated on Trump’s candidacy, then excluding from the special counsel’s scope the “shelf-ready” obstruction of justice crimes already identified by Special Counsel Mueller and campaign finance crimes already identified by Manhattan prosecutors (in the Trump administration, no less), Garland is telling us between the lines that that he is giving up on all of Trump’s pre-2020 crimes. Through this limited scope for the special counsel, Garland has given Trump blanket immunity for federal crimes that the department has already identified that Trump committed during the 2016 election and throughout the majority of his corrupt presidency. Last year, Free Speech For People released a statement addressing Attorney General Garland’s limited appointment of a Special Counsel to take over investigations of Donald Trump’s interference with the lawful transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election and his subsequent theft of national security documents. The organization argues that Garland has a duty to hold Trump fully accountable for his crimes, many of which have already been identified by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and by federal prosecutors in the DOJ. Read the entire piece in Jurist here. Read FSFP’s statement on Garland’s appointment of a special counsel here.