Randall D. Eliason

Contributing columnist

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Hutchinson’s testimony shatters any Trump defense of no criminal intent

Here's what D.J. Trump and O.J. Simpson have in common.

June 30, 2022

Forget what you heard. The DOJ’s Jan. 6 probe is moving at a good pace.

It's a painstaking process to gather evidence, assemble successful cases against lower-level participants, acquire their cooperation and build serious cases against higher-level actors. Going "up the ladder" takes time.

April 1, 2022

Two legal developments show the Jan. 6 investigation is closing in on Trump’s inner circle

Like other major investigations, the one looking into the Capitol insurrection started with low-level players, but now it's moving up the ladder. And we know who's on the top rung.

March 3, 2022

Yes or no on Mueller report criminal charges? Don’t let Trump just run out the clock.

There is a tremendous public interest in knowing the resolution of any case involving a former — and possibly future — president.

February 7, 2022

Here’s why a criminal referral for Trump by the Jan. 6 committee is a bad idea

Such a move by Congress would actually undermine the goals of both the Justice Department and the House Jan. 6 committee.

December 27, 2021

The left’s armchair quarterbacks need to let Merrick Garland do his job

The DOJ's critics want quick Jan. 6 prosecutions. That's not how big investigations like this work.

November 10, 2021

After two years, this is the best Trump’s chosen investigator can do?

The former president might hope for bombshell revelations about the FBI investigation of alleged ties between Russia and his 2016 campaign, but the indictment announced Thursday was more like a political pop gun.

September 17, 2021

People are angry at Merrick Garland for refusing to do what William Barr did

The attorney general is obliged to follow and defend the law, not pursue a political agenda.

June 10, 2021

Biden’s Justice Department promised to never subpoena journalists. That’s an overreaction.

The self-imposed ban handcuffs legitimate law enforcement and could hinder the government’s ability to safeguard national security.

June 7, 2021

How William Barr served as Trump’s legal heat shield

Newly released portions of a Justice Department memo demonstrate that Attorney General William P. Barr was determined to protect President Trump from legal jeopardy — and bad press.

May 27, 2021