Opinion: Even if the DOJ prosecutes Trump, it's the American people who need to repudiate the 'big lie'

As the Jan. 6 committee rolls out an overwhelming case of corrupt conduct by Donald Trump, the calls grow louder for the Department of Justice to bring criminal charges against the former president.

Even if that happens, it would be a fundamental mistake to view the department as the avenging angel that alone can restore accountability and truth to our deeply damaged politics. We are in a critical constitutional moment, and it is society as a whole that has to renounce Trump's lies and the democracy-destroying poison - and actions - that he and other Trumpists will inflict on the 2024 elections and have inflicted on state voting laws in the past year.

From everything we know, the Justice Department appears to have the goods to indict Trump.