Letter to the Editor: Arrests should start for those defying subpoenas

Posted 10/23/21

One fundamental flaw of Donald Trump and his followers is the notion they hold that they are beyond or above the law. In fact, one aspect of America that is envied and admired around the world is …

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Letter to the Editor: Arrests should start for those defying subpoenas

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One fundamental flaw of Donald Trump and his followers is the notion they hold that they are beyond or above the law. In fact, one aspect of America that is envied and admired around the world is that nobody — not police, not judges, not “high and mighty politicians,” nobody — is above the law.

Trumpsters don’t understand this, and they must be taught this truth, harshly if necessary! Arrests need to start. Any state or federal prosecutor with jurisdiction over anyone ignoring a lawful subpoena or a jurisdiction over anyone advising someone to ignore or defy a lawful subpoena should prosecute them for attempted interference with justice and for the crime of obstructing a congressional subpoena. Someone needs to step up and say: “It’s time to call a spade a spade. These are not ‘good ol’ boys rallying their base.’ These are good ol’ criminals attempting to obstruct justice, and this nation will not tolerate it!”

Without such enforcement, our laws are meaningless, and criminals will just laugh at the courts.

Of course, I am referring to Trumpster Steve Bannon, who has stated that he will not honor his subpoena, any lawyer who advises someone not to comply with a subpoena and others. We can expect more trouble from such people in the future, but they must see that criminal trouble has real consequences.

I was a prosecutor for five years, and I could get a jury to convict people like Kevin McCarthy or Steve Bannon in about one day!

Ken Abraham

Former prosecutor and founder of Citizens for Criminal JUSTICE

Dover