Merrick Garland Tricked Trump Allies

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On Monday (September 12), during an appearance on CNN’s “Situation Room,” Dave Aronberg, state attorney General for Palm Beach, Florida, claimed the response from former President Donald Trump’s allies when they received subpoenas from the DOJ displayed a “false sense of security.”

Aronberg pointed to “[Stephen] Bannon and other MAGA leaders” appearing “shocked that this happened” as proof “Merrick Garland has lulled many in Trump World into a false sense of security.”

Aronberg also explained that “This is the kind of slow build that Attorney General Garland has been known for in his prosecutorial career,” using the analogy of the “boiling frog that doesn’t recognize the temperature has been turned up until it’s too late,” to explain the situation.

Aronberg’s statements come as reports surfaced that about 40 of Trump’s closest aides had been subpoenaed by the DOJ in its investigation into efforts by Trump and his supporters to overturn the 2020 Presidential election results.

The Florida prosecutor also pointed out that the subpoenas were issued just before the start of the pre-election 60-day “quiet period” in which the DOJ doesn’t take any action that would seem as though it’s attempting to influence election outcomes.

This DOJ investigation probes the possibility of alternative electors being submitted to former Vice President Mike Pence on January 6 — the day Congress would certify President Joe Biden’s win — to vote for Trump.

Aronberg also asserted that “Those individuals, including Trump, who knew that the lists of alternate electors were not legitimate and knew that they were being submitted to government bodies, could be charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States — also obstruction of an official proceeding.”