Due process? Garland insists on ‘speedy’ Trump trial, cites ‘public interest’

Former President Donald Trump’s supporters are crying foul over Attorney General Merrick Garland’s claim that a “speedy trial” would be in the public’s best interest.

Speaking earlier this week to CNN about the federal government’s election subversion case against Trump, the AG argued that expediting the case would be in the public’s best interest.

He posited the argument after a CNN interviewer noted that most Republicans believe the former president is being targeted for political reasons.

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“Does it concern you that this public perception exists, and what can you do to kind of change that?” Evan Perez asked.

“Of course it concerns me,” Garland replied. “What we have to do is show by the acts that we take that we’re following the law, that we’re following the facts.”

“The prosecutions that you’re talking about were brought last year, and the special prosecutor has said from the beginning that he thinks public interest requires a speedy trial, which I agree with. And the matter is now in the hands of the trial judge to determine when the trial will take place,” he added.

But critics say this is problematic because it denies Trump his due process rights.

“The accelerated timeline has raised constitutional concerns because the Sixth Amendment not only guarantees a defendant the right to a ‘speedy and public trial,’ but it also guarantees the accused the right to prepare a complete defense,” Chris Enloe of Blaze News notes.

“The question then becomes whether giving Trump only seven months to prepare a defense will protect his due process rights,” he continues.

Critics say the answer to that is a resounding no.

“The Sixth Amendment bestows the right to a speedy trial for the defendant,” one critic tweeted. “Not for the ‘public interest.’ Not for the prosecutors. Trump is not above the law. But he’s not below it, either. He has a right to due process. Not a fast food drive thru court proceeding.”

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According to critics, Garland’s “speedy trial” remarks are also problematic because they indicate he’s trying to interfere in the upcoming 2024 presidential election.

“Garland is openly admitting he approves in the interference of an election,” one critic tweeted. “The Government does NOT have a right to a speedy trial, that right belongs to a defendant. The Gov waited 30 months to bring charges, now they want to rush. The rush is to interfere in the election.”

“The timing of these trials is incredible, considering they could have brought charges against Trump long ago but decided to do it right before the election to screw him over,” another critic wrote. “This administration continues to stick it to the American people in every way possible.”

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Vivek Saxena

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