Sen. JD Vance (R-Ohio) declared on Wednesday that he had written to authorities requesting an explanation over an opinion piece that appeared in The Washington Post and which he claimed called for a “open rebellion” against the United States.
“Based on my review of public charging documents that the Department of Justice has filed in courts of law, I suspect that one or both of you might characterize this article as an invitation to ‘insurrection,’ a manifestation of criminal ‘conspiracy,’ or an attempt to bring about civil war,” Vance said.
“According to Robert Kagan, the prospect of a second Donald Trump presidency is terrible enough to justify open rebellion against the United States, along with the political violence that would inevitably follow …” he continued.
Vance responded to a post by contributing editor Robert Kagan on November 30 by sending a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Attorney General Merrick Garland.
According to Kagan, Republicans who don’t agree with former President Trump will support him as the party’s nominee.
“Votes are the currency of power in our system, and money follows, and by those measures, Trump is about to become far more powerful than he already is,” Kagan said.
Vance instructed Garland and Blinken to provide answers to a series of inquiries by January 6th. He inquired as to if the Department of Justice (DOJ) would look into Kagan and whether the DOJ agreed with the author that blue states like New York and California should “be free to flout the federal government.”
Vance questioned whether Kagan’s remarks would intimidate voters in the upcoming election and how the DOJ determines the difference between vehement political speech and proof of a conspiracy.