Upping the ante, Democrat critics say Trump is guilty of “treason,” and the raid on his home will prove it. Since Hillary Clinton’s 2016’s pitch to the FBI to take Trump out failed, then a wildly expensive gambit to prove Russia collusion failed, then impeachment for calling Ukraine failed, then a second impeachment without due process failed, and now the January 6th hearings failed – what is left? “Treason.”
In these turbulent times, quoting from Shakespeare’s Hamlet may be dangerous, but let’s do it. When young Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude, gets accused of complicity in killing the king to seize power with Claudius, the line emerges “She protests too much, me thinks.”
And what are all Trump’s critics doing? First, the January 6th hearings turned out to be a box office flop, their Republican champions – including Liz Cheney – now laughing stocks. Maybe they were overblown, poorly rolled out, or maybe no one cared. Of 240 TV and streaming viewers, 18 million tuned in once.
What are Trump critics doing now? Justice and FBI abandoned post-presidential dialogue over documents to raid the Trump home, with 30 agents and long guns. After nine hours of “searching,” including the First lady’s garments, the left with boxes to which they had already been given access.
In truth, line agents are not given much chance to say “no,” so this is all on FBI leadership. Only when the former President alerted the public did anyone know. Laced with inuendo and dark inferences, Attorney General Merrick Garland – likely still bitter over non-confirmation to the High Court – read a statement.
But stop: This has never occurred before in America, first a series of highly political attacks coordinated between a former presidential candidate (who lost), Attorney General (who met the candidate’s husband secretly), and leader of the FBI (who assumed powers beyond his job to clear the candidate).
Then, an “insurance policy” kicked in. A high-level FBI effort – originated by the losing candidate – triggered a “special prosecutor” that investigated the new president for two years, finding nothing.
Trump pushed policies from deregulation and tax cuts to reducing the size of federal government, rebuilt defense, national and border security. He helped every demographic sector in the US.
Turn the page, what now? Oddities in how the 2020 election was conducted, traceable to COVID, produced public doubt. Why? Novel moves included mailing ballots statewide (historically subject to fraud as addresses change, not permitted in much of Europe), “ballot harvesting” (allowing one party to collect). extended voting (before and after election day), weak ballot authentication, and other issues.
Was doubt justified? Each voter had their view. Were there irregularities? As the US Supreme Court noted, yes. What did all that produce? State court cases, which largely went against the Trump campaign, based on quantity and quality of evidence, limited by time.
Any lingering frustration? Need you ask? Of course. Protests were state and federal, the biggest – peaceful until a subset stormed the Capitol – was on January 6th. Should the President have tried to tamp down the event? In retrospect, yes. Is he culpable for what occurred? The parties differ.
After a debunked Russia Collusion, impeachments that ignored due process, and the January 6th hearings, we now have this raid. Biden says he knew nothing of it. Incredible – as incredible as the idea he did not know he was flying his son to sell influence in Ukraine and China. Really? Don’t ask, don’t tell?
In all events, Biden says he is hands-off. So, what have we? We have something that stinks to high heaven, would be considered – if it happened in China, Russia, Bolivia, Mexico, or any other country –political corruption, a party in power going after one not, criminalizing a potential candidate.
Like it or not, that is how most Americans see this fiasco, as if our leaders have lost their compass, walked away from our Constitution, due process, rule of law, non-partisan investigations.
So, here is the deal: As we approach 2022 midterms and 2024, Democrats call Trump a criminal, say he secreted “nuclear documents” (which are typically labeled SAP/Q not TS/SCI) and is guilty of “treason.” More, they want him prosecuted for mishandling classified documents, although Hillary Clinton was not.
Okay, enough of this. Put it out there. Justice has the documents, unsealed affidavit, the goods, whatever they are. They have slimed a former president and candidate, raided his home, taken and returned passports, insinuated he is a criminal, should be tried for treason.
Bring it – Just bring it. As a legal, political, historically focused conservative, I say stop the jingoism, insinuations, unprecedented acts of what seem to most political and unconstitutional acts.
We are witnessing what can only be called an unprecedented turn of events. So, Biden, Garland, and Wray – enough. Stand and deliver. Bring it. Just bring it. Stop the politics. If there are “nuclear” documents, proof of “treason,” a non-political, legally significant basis for this, bring it. Otherwise, let me cite Shakespeare, you “protest too much, me thinks.”
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