Friday, May 17, 2024

Alexander: Reckless and dangerous to indict Trump for political reasons

by BIZ Magazine

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson once described the tremendous power possessed by prosecutors and how critically important is the virtue of discretion in the exercise of that power, whether it pertains to a former president or any other American citizen.

“With the law books filled with a great assortment of crimes, a prosecutor stands a fair chance of finding at least a technical violation of some act on the part of almost anyone.  In such a case, it is not a question of discovering the commission of a crime and then looking for the man who has committed it, it is a question of picking the man and then searching the law books, or putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him.”

The plan of the Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, to indict President Trump on these facts presents the most dangerous kind of legal abuse.  It’s the weaponization of our legal system against a political enemy when the majority of Americans would only support the indictment of a former president—who is also running for president again—for serious offenses based upon solid, indisputable evidence and within the statute of limitations.

We should note that DA Bragg’s potential indictment of Trump follows numerous campaign trail boasts during his pursuit of the DA position of his plans to prosecute Trump.  (NY Post).

The charge against Trump appears to be falsifying business records to pay an alleged mistress, a misdemeanor.  DA Bragg is threatening to increase it to a felony by alleging it was an illegal campaign finance donation to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign because it somehow helped Trump’s campaign for the allegation not to be exposed.

That’s laughable. 

Federal law allows a candidate to contribute an unlimited amount of money to their own campaigns and it’s a real stretch to suggest Pres. Trump, a multi billionaire, was hiding a campaign expenditure with the payment.  Much more likely is that Trump was trying to shush the alleged mistress to spare himself the public embarrassment of that allegation.

Recall that federal prosecutors already looked at this and didn’t indict and neither did the Federal Election Commission (FEC) find a campaign violation.  This alleged “crime” also occurred approximately 7 years ago which means that under the statute of limitations it’s too late to bring this charge anyway.

No matter.

The second most laughable part of this story is that a key witness in this case is Michael Cohen, a former Trump lawyer, who was previously convicted of perjury.  Of lying under oath.  Do you see the complete lack of credibility in the desperation to “get Trump” at all costs?

Let’s remember all of the efforts to destroy Pres. Trump:

Two failed impeachment efforts, the completely unjustified and unprecedented raid of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida,   The Russia Collusion Hoax and the literal attempt by the top leadership at the FBI to remove a duly elected president based upon total fabrications that have since been conclusively proven to be lies. 

What about the Steele dossier lie—the false and misleading information used to secure FISA warrants funded by Hillary Clinton with campaign donations—and the fraudulent and hugely distracting two-year, $32 million taxpayer-inquisition by Robert Mueller that yielded nothing? 

You know what really highlights the great partisan dishonesty here?

First, the galactic double standard with respect to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling and destruction of classified information before her 2016 campaign for president: her wiping of her server and the destruction of her blackberries with hammers. 

Yet, she was never prosecuted. 

Second, the deliberate effort by the FBI to aid Joe Biden by suppressing the Hunter Biden “laptop from hell”—falsely deeming it “foreign disinformation”—even though we later learned that the FBI had been in possession of the laptop for about a year and knew it was credible.

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a lifelong liberal Democrat who has voted against Trump every opportunity he has had, stated that this proposed indictment of Trump is the “worst abuse of prosecutorial discretion” in the 60 years he has practiced criminal law.

For the sake of the country this must stop.

Americans must come together to oppose leftist prosecutors who flout legislatures, who weaponize the law against their political opponents, and who attack our democracy as though they are the source of society’s laws, rather than We the People. 

Royal Alexander is a Shreveport attorney

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