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Leftists were given a sound thumping when Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted by a jury of his peers on Friday and many lashed out at the verdict by jurors who stood strong in the face of threats of doxing and intimidation to do the right thing in a credit to a process that is the cornerstone of the American legal system.

The bitter disappointment that the jury would dare to not deliver the guilty verdict that the media was clamoring for has led to temper tantrums on social media, despicable remarks from sitting members of Congress that only serve to undermine the system and sow distrust and demands for the Biden administration to effectively overrule the jurors by subjecting the 18-year-old to federal prosecution.

However, the idea that the authoritarian regime that has seized control of the government will be easily able to conduct a sham process that effectively amounts to double jeopardy may not be as easy to pull off as some would hope. And during MSNBC’s post-verdict coverage, a guest threw cold water on anchor Katy Tur’s suggestion that Biden’s Justice Department will use its power to wage a politically motivated prosecution against Rittenhouse.

Former federal prosecutor and Georgetown University law professor Paul Butler, who is a regular guest, responded to Tur’s question as to whether Rittenhouse could face federal charges. “I know there’s no double jeopardy in this country, Paul,” she asked, “but is it possible for this case to go federal? Could a federal prosecutor pick this up?”

“It’s possible,” he responded, “but typically we see those in civil rights cases, and this isn’t a civil rights case.” An observation lost on a media that is so addicted to race that it conjured an entirely false narrative around the case in which the white teen used lethal force to defend himself from two white attackers, one of who was a serial pedophile.

Butler added, “The truth is this is a tough case for prosecutors because some of the state’s own witnesses testified in favor, or their testimony advanced the government’s case.”

He also pointed out the important detail that “One witness testified that the first person who Rittenhouse shot, a man named Rosenbaum, tried to grab Rittenhouse’s gun, another witness said that Mr. Rittenhouse shot a second person who was attacking him with a skateboard, and a third person who Mr. Rittenhouse shot was pointing a gun at him, so I think this will be a difficult case, whether the prosecution is state or federal.”

The prospect for Attorney General Merrick Garland, who further weaponized his department against political opponents with his designation of parents at school board meetings as potential terrorists. to go after Rittenhouse was raised when top House Democrat Jerrold Nadler called for the DOJ to launch a federal review, yet another example of the extremism that has taken root in the Democrat Party.

Compounding the problem of unleashing Garland and his federal prosecutors against Rittenhouse for a do-over is that Biden’s approval ratings are careening downward and such an overtly political move will only further galvanize opposition against power-mad Democrats who, if they are thrown out of control of Congress next year as expected, would allow Republicans to wield the same sweeping investigative powers that have been using against them with Garland at the top of the list.

Chris Donaldson

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