Donald Trump has been indicted on 34 counts. We don’t quite follow the charges – who does? As we understand it, Mr. Trump is accused of paying hush money to a lady who calls herself ‘Stormy Daniels’ stemming from an alleged assignation in 2007, which she later denied in a signed letter that she now renounces. Paying hush money is not a crime. But it can be a federal campaign violation. Only, it can’t be pursued on this indictment, as that is a federal offence, and out of the NYC District Attorney’s remit. The Federal Dept. of Justice, who would have champed at the bit to pursue a federal charge, did not, because it seems no campaign funds were used, there was no violation of the campaign rules, and monies were paid in 2017 (when no campaign was on foot).
Which leaves the D.A. in Manhattan with double-entry bookkeeping charges, out of time by some years. Money paid to lawyer Michael Cohen, presumably to reimburse him for money Cohen paid to Miss Daniels, was styled in the business books as ‘legal expenses’ (which in a way they were). And that is a small-time offence, a misdemeanor, a fine. To elevate the charge to a felony, the book entries have to be in concealment of another crime – but Mr. Bragg, the D.A, a indirectly-Soros-sponsored activist who ran on a “Get Trump ticket”, has not identified any.
‘Anyhoo’, Mr. Trump will probably be convicted at trial in New York, likely held during the pointy-end of the 2024 Presidential Campaign, where he is, as yet, the Republican front-runner (now ahead by some 29%). (They say that not only can you indict a ham sandwich in New York, you can also convict a bagel.) What that all means is moot. Mr. Trump, who is now casting himself as a martyr, has a knack of turning political disaster into triumph, and has in prospect a re-match against an incumbent who seems as incapable as he is unpopular – and possibly, prone to face numerous criminal charges himself, well down the track.
The Washington Establishment (Democrat and Republican), who opposed the Great Disrupter and plumped for a seasoned insider in 2020, seem to represent a group now in a terrible dilemma. In the words of Edmund Burke: “They may find their punishment in their success: laws overturned; tribunals subverted; industry without vigour; commerce expiring; the revenue unpaid, yet the people impoverished; civil and military anarchy made the constitution of the nation; worship of the idol of public credit, with national bankruptcy the consequence…not one drop of their blood have they shed in the cause of the country they are ruining.”
Considering that the Federal (and several States’) Department of Justice, the IRS, the FBI, the Pentagon, Big Tech, neo-cons in general, and the legacy media, have something to fear from a Trump reprisal if he does a Grover Cleveland, it is no surprise that the reaction to his second announcement of candidacy is vicious and remorseless. It smacks of desperation: flimsy charges, the suppression of on-line dissent, a post-pandemic paternalism that restricts freedoms, with more to come no doubt.
Actually, we fear for the future. In the 1968 Presidential Campaign, Marvin Garson wrote a mock interview with the ghost of the assassinated President William McKinley. McKinley ‘said’: “Don’t waste your vote on Kennedy. They’re going to kill him.”
Well, we saw how that turned-out.
We imagine a terrible new script, where the ghost of Ronald Reagan says, “Don’t waste your vote on Trump. They’re going to kill him.”