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The Daily BeastFeb 24, 2021
The Rioters Hate Voting. Here's the Only Way to Stop Them From Returning.
Samuel Corum/GettyThe Senate hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection was the blame game to end all blame games: The failure was within the FBI. Or maybe the Army. Or maybe the Capitol Police.

But the extremists' deadly siege of Congress didn't happen only because individual agencies failed to defend the building, and the riot was not just born of rage or blind allegiance to a defiant candidate. It was an attack on voting—the very heart of American democracy.

Just as the pursuit of an impeachment conviction against Donald Trump required members of Congress to regard the former president as "singularly responsible" for inciting the mob, yesterday we asked which agency should be held singularly responsible for the security failures. Those are the wrong targets.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Democracy NowFeb 16, 2021
The Case for Prosecuting Trump: Elie Mystal on Why Criminal Charges Are Still Possible — and Needed
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has authorized a 9/11-style commission to further investigate the January 6 insurrection and the actions that led up to it, as calls grow for the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump after his acquittal in his second Senate impeachment trial. The Nation's justice correspondent Elie Mystal says House impeachment managers presented "a fairly compelling case for criminal liability" for Donald Trump over the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. "I think there's a case for indictment. I think we should at least try," he says.
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