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Opinion Merrick Garland has sped up his investigation. He cannot let up now.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has picked up the pace of his criminal investigation of the 2021 coup, says Julian Zelizer. Zelizer: If the law and facts warrant, we should expect Garland to treat Trump no differently than any common criminal. He says key question will be: Will the department be able to prove each element of a crime (or crimes) beyond a reasonable doubt? Zelizer says it's not inconceivable we could see indictments of one or more top figures by early 2023. It's possible that the entire coup, not just the violence on Jan. 6, is within the scope of the investigation, he says.