We don’t think so. With Trump out of office, we believe the committee will get the information it wants on the timetable it needs.
The Trump allies are potentially eying the Congressional clock and contemplating running it out until January 2023 when a new Congress of unknown majority takes office.
Given all of that, why do we think this committee will succeed where others failed?
As demonstrated already by DOJ’s assent to Rosen and Donoghue’s testifying, Merrick Garland is unlikely to follow Barr’s example.
Knowing that those penalties may loom may change the calculus for these four individuals, whatever Trump may say.
Still, what if those under subpoena or Trump himself decide to test all of this by individually or collectively going to court to block the subpoenas? The courts have the ability to move quickly if this ends up there, and the committee, press and public should push for speed. In Watergate, it was mere months between the subpoena for the White House tapes and the tapes being made available.
Congress and the public must do everything in their power to support the courts’ moving quickly. It is the duty of these judges to our Constitution, laws and democracy itself to allow us to get to the truth of January 6 and to brush aside specious executive privilege claims.
We not only need accountability, we need to learn from the insurrection to prevent and deter a recurrence. This means Congress giving no quarter if there is litigation and seeking none. For example, the usual practice of Trump and his coterie asking for extensions on many or every filing, motion or hearing should be rejected out of hand.
After the investigation began last spring, Trump’s former aide Jason Miller said in a statement: “This is simply the Democrats’ latest attempt to score political points by continuing their witch hunt against President Trump, and everybody sees through it.” But the DA is pressing forward.
For all those reasons, we believe Congress will get what it wants when it wants it, and that could mean consequences, even criminal ones, for Trump. It’s about time.