Remember the cries from the raucous crowds at Trump rallies? “Lock her up!” They cheered in 2016. Reports of suspicious behavior by Hillary Clinton attended her every move. But President Donald J. Trump and his inept Department of Justice, first under Jeff Sessions, the Keebler Elf, and later under the bagpipe playing Bill Barr, could not find anything to pin on the Teflon Donnette. She skated.
While the public evidence of her crimes is numerous, making the case required upending years of precedent. This informal agreement by lawyers made with a handshake, wink, and a nod was to decline, putting members of the elite ruling class behind bars for crimes committed while in office. It was uncouth to seek justice in the white-collar crimes of exposing American secrets and peddling in bribes.
He was using Trump’s political capital on actions that could be seen as retribution was deemed unwise by his advisers.
However, the Joe Biden Department of Justice may find other ways to indict and convict the political enemies of the Democrats. For that reason, Donald Trump should fear for his freedom and his family’s legacy.
Consider the differences between prosecutorial discretion in the following cases.
Trump’s personal friend and confidant are former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He traveled to Ukraine as a trusted adviser to the former president to examine Joe and Hunter Biden’s financial transactions. Rudy returned with mounds of evidence, which the DOJ hastily stuffed in a drawer. He also possessed data from Hunter’s laptop, which was among the evidence piles at the bottom of the FBI circular folders.
Opposition research is part of politics until it becomes the basis for a criminal investigation.
Next, Michael Cohen, Trump’s fixer, was at the center of a dispute with Michael Avenatti. Remember Avenatti, the high-profile lawyer for Stormy Daniels, the porn star extraordinaire? She revealed that she had signed an agreement not to disclose that she had sex with Trump. Avenatti decided to cheat her. So Stormy said that she had lied. Instead of sulking into ignominy, Avenatti was convicted for attempted extortion of Nike and will serve 30-months in prison.
Then, Robert Mueller’s $45-million boondoggle of an investigation was designed to bog down Trump’s efforts in other areas. However, his report produced no prosecutable crimes by Trump and no impeachable offenses.
Recently, members of Congress such as Nancy Pelosi are pressing for an investigation into Donald Trump’s guilt in the “insurrection.”
On January 6, 2021, Trump held another rally on the same day that Mike Pence was conducting the election’s certification. Trump made the mistake of hosting a rally in Washington DC, where some outliers decided to storm the capital.
Trump had been speaking to the American people in his customary raucous manner up to this point. However, his proximity to the political process gave a chance for 500 out-of-control protesters to breach the capital’s doors. Trump permitted the media to associate him with the destruction of federal property just by being present. The stupid folks who opted to enter the capital waited till now for a reason.
Many had gathered to protest election irregularities in the intervening months between the November 3, 2020 vote and January. The crowds chanted, “Stop the steal!” and Trump played to their concerns. But, he never told anyone to break into the Capitol building. Instead, he specifically said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Additionally, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. has been investigating Trump’s finances in his New York-based corporation. However, according to The Hill, the Southern District office has no evidence of bank fraud, insurance fraud, or money laundering.
Trump has been accused of being a conman, foreign agent, and insurrectionist.
Will any of this stick?