The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that an internal investigation has been launched into federal prosecutor Michael Sherwin after he decided to give an unauthorized interview to “60 Minutes” and said that former President Donald Trump might be facing criminal charges over the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol.
According to The Postmillennial, Sherwin, who was formerly appointed by Trump as the acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, spoke on “60 Minutes,” and apparently caused quite a commotion over at the DOJ.
“I found it troubling that sources within the Department of Justice were detailing the possibility of additional charges in a pending criminal case and an ongoing criminal investigation,” Judge Amit Mehta stated on Tuesday. Mehta is currently overseeing a number of those cases.
Judge Mehta made it clear that this is one case that will “not be tried in the media,” expressing concern over Sherwin’s remarks and apparently being troubled by a piece published by the NY Times.
“Judge Mehta indicated that he would impose a ‘gag-order’ if those involved with the case continue to talk to the media, explaining that news coverage could undermine due process rights of defendants,” the PM report said.
“According to CNN, senior officials at the Justice Department found Sherwin’s remarks ‘infuriating’ as Attorney General Merrick Garland pushes for a ‘no drama’ policy while discouraging comments on active investigations,” the report added. Good luck with that. People will go underground and be an anonymous source of information for the media. Leaks are a part of the informal communication system in Washington D.C.
David Laufman, a former prosecutor for the DOJ called the situation “flat out improper.”
“I don’t think it’s OK for an (assistant US attorney) to be talking to the media about what charges are appropriate in a case under investigation,” Laufman added.
Sherwin has returned to Miami after handing over the investigation on March 3, saying, “We have people looking at everything. Everything’s being looked at.”
As of now, there have been 400 individuals who participated in the riot at the Capitol building who have been criminally charged, though the investigation is still ongoing and there are likely to be more folks arrested.
“It’s unequivocal that Trump was the magnet that brought the people to D.C. on the 6th,” Sherwin stated. “Now the question is, is he criminally culpable for everything that happened during the siege, during the breach?”
Sherwin said that many investigators have relied heavily on social media postings and other public documentation to find out the identities of those who were involved in the incident. Sherwin then stated that charges against former President Donald Trump are more likely since many of the folks who have been taken into custody and charged have said they came to D.C. because they believe Trump told them to do so.
“We have plenty of people. We have soccer moms from Ohio that were arrested saying “Well, I did this because my president said I had to take back our house,” Sherwin went on to explain. “That moves the needle towards that direction. Maybe the president is culpable for those actions.”
“But also, you see in the public record too militia members saying, ‘You know what? We did this because Trump just talks a big game. He’s just all talk. We did what he wouldn’t do,'” Sherwin continued.
Don’t be suckered into believing that anything serious will happen to Sherwin. Nothing ever comes of these internal investigations on federal employees. Just ask Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page or Andrew McCabe. Like the Jim Durham investigation into the Russia Collusion hoax, there might be a lot of public sabre rattling but as time goes by this will quietly go away.