Of Course Trump Is Talking About Pardoning Himself on the Way Out the Door

“This was a failure of imagination, a failure of leadership,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, whose department responded to a number of large protests last year in the wake of the death of George Floyd, told the Associated Press. “The Capitol Police must do better and I don’t see how we can get around that.” As the AP notes, there were signs for nearly a month leading up to Wednesday that violence was likely on the day Congress convened to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. In addition to failing to protect the Capitol building, Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, said the decision not to arrest more people has made his job significantly harder. “We have to now go through cell site orders, collect video footage to try to identify people and then charge them, and then try to execute their arrest,” he said. “So that has made things challenging but I can’t answer why those people weren’t zip-tied as they were leaving the building by the Capitol Police.”

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