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Mar 30, 2023, 06:37 PM
 
Well, it actually happened. The New York grand jury indicted Trump today.
I sorta expect the House to push-through articles of impeachment on Biden asap, in retaliation.
     
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Mar 30, 2023, 06:52 PM
 
Maybe a dumb question, but in regards to Stormy Daniels, what law did he break exactly?
     
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Mar 30, 2023, 06:56 PM
 
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Maybe a dumb question, but in regards to Stormy Daniels, what law did he break exactly?
For the same thing that Michael Cohen had already been convicted of. Likely, he will have to be indicted for something in addition to that as the statute of limitations on that count by itself has already expired. Have a listen to Ezra Klein’s recent podcast where David French discusses the legal theories in more details (he is a lawyer).

Overall, I’m surprised that Trump hasn’t been indicted on one of the other cases first. IMHO the case in Georgia seems much more serious and doesn’t rely on a more complicated legal construction which is necessary to extend the statute of limitations. (I don’t have a strong opinion on it one way or another, but overall if the case was strong enough to convict Michael Cohen, it is strong enough to convict Donald Trump. The only question is: why not earlier?)
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Mar 30, 2023, 09:34 PM
 
having the affair with a porn star while your wife is home with a newborn isn't illegal, but using campaign money to pay her off via michael cohen is. Right?

I could also wish the more serious charges were taking the front seat but I have to imagine they are crossing all their t's and dotting all their i's and checking it twice.
     
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having the affair with a porn star while your wife is home with a newborn isn't illegal, but using campaign money to pay her off via michael cohen is. Right?
Federally? Maybe. The New York Attorney General doesn’t have jurisdiction over that though.
     
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Mar 31, 2023, 12:40 AM
 
Where was the campaign headquartered when the campaign started? Where did he (supposedly) do the paperwork and taxes?
     
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Mar 31, 2023, 05:52 AM
 
The indictment is still under seal, so we don’t know what the details are. At this point everyone is merely speculating.
     
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Mar 31, 2023, 10:24 AM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
Where was the campaign headquartered when the campaign started? Where did he (supposedly) do the paperwork and taxes?
I’m not sure that matters. His campaign was for a federal election. Federal law is subject to the DoJ, not state attorney generals.
     
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Mar 31, 2023, 01:50 PM
 
From what I gather the charges will boil down to “falsifying business records”. We’ll have to see how it all plays out. I, too, would have preferred to see one of the more substantive cases result in an indictment before this one. Because it’s far too Clinton-Lewinsky-esque IMO. That being said, I do find it amusing at our good friends on the right twisting themselves into knots defending Clinton’s impeachment for lying about a blowjob while simultaneously defending Trump for lying and falsifying records about a hush money payment to a porn star.

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Mar 31, 2023, 02:02 PM
 
The technical term is “penny ante”.

Guilty is guilty, but optics are optics.
     
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Mar 31, 2023, 02:27 PM
 
We'll have to wait for the charges to know, but from the summaries I've read, it's 30+ charges for business fraud.

This may well be a case about the cover-up. Even if the statute of limitations has expired on the primary payoff, the cover-up may have a longer statute of limitations. OAW's "falsifying business records" sounds more likely than not. Especially if some of those fraudulent records were then filed with New York state. That would explain how they have jurisdiction.

I have my doubts about say, claiming a bribe as a business deduction on your state taxes.
     
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Mar 31, 2023, 02:33 PM
 
One person’s bribe is another’s NDA.
     
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Mar 31, 2023, 02:55 PM
 
Whether it's a bribe or NDA may not matter. When you sign a tax form, it's under penalty of perjury that everything above is true and correct. If they concealed it as something else, say a "consultant fee", it would be untrue. Making the form fraudulent.

I'm only speculating of course. In theory, you could test this. Hypothetically, if you haven't done your taxes yet, you could claim a deduction. But call it something other than what it is. Then see if anything happens.

Naturally, I don't encourage you to do any such test. And am not responsible for any resulting fines or jail time. I might even visit.
     
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Apr 1, 2023, 09:31 AM
 
I heard rumours some time ago that he over or understated the square footages of his NY properties to save money on taxes. That and the hush money coming from campaign funding.
I'm glad this one landed first, lesser charges tend to me forgotten when more serious ones are brought. I hope between all the indictments he's facing he'll get enough time that they never let him out. Only question is, does being in prison disqualify you from running for office?
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Apr 1, 2023, 12:10 PM
 
You're probably thinking of the case against the trump organization. Where they were accused of understating occupancy to tax authorities (for a better tax rate) and overstating occupancy to other investors (to make it look like a good investment). That case went down about a month ago - the jury convicted on all charges. However, that case was against his company - the penalties will be financial.

This case is about hush money, and perhaps where it came from. Or how he might have reported it. This case is against him, so jail is a possible penalty.

Being in prison does not disqualify one from running for Federal office. However, on the Mar-a-lago documents case, charges under the Espionage Act can disqualify one from holding office if convicted. But to my knowledge, that penalty has never been tested in the courts.
     
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Apr 1, 2023, 10:06 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
This case is about hush money, and perhaps where it came from. Or how he might have reported it. This case is against him, so jail is a possible penalty.
There are a lot of possibilities, and I'd just wait. I'd also not get my panties in a twist and simply let everything play out. I'm quite sure the prosecutor and the grand jury knew that they were dealing with a highly sensitive case. Trump will have his day in court, he is wealthy enough to afford good lawyers (although maybe unable to hire good lawyers given his reputation) and there will be plenty of attention on the case, i. e. all court actions will be double and triple checked with an electron microscope. Should Trump be found guilty, I am fairly certain he will fight the conviction.

There is a lot of talk about how such a (comparatively) minor crime shouldn't have been the first crime that Trump should have been indicted for. They would have preferred that it'd be something more clear cut, something that was “less political”
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Being in prison does not disqualify one from running for Federal office. However, on the Mar-a-lago documents case, charges under the Espionage Act can disqualify one from holding office if convicted. But to my knowledge, that penalty has never been tested in the courts.
I think it is not even clear whether he is barred from being elected while serving a prison sentence. That'd be a first. Probably someone at the Secret Service is being tasked with figuring out right now how Trump could be protected while serving in prison.
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Apr 2, 2023, 12:19 AM
 
We will find out soon - the judge has approved unsealing the indictment. I don't know when it'll actually be released.
The judge overseeing the case against Trump signed off on an order Thursday granting Bragg’s request to publicly disclose the sealed grand jury indictment.

Atop the order is the case name: The People of the State of New York against Donald J. Trump.

Judge Juan Merchan wrote in the order that the disclosure would be “in the public interest and an appropriate exercise of this Court’s discretion,” according to the document.
     
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Apr 2, 2023, 06:14 AM
 
Sounds like a good decision. This case needs transparency.
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Apr 5, 2023, 07:24 PM
 
Now that things are public, what do y'all think? The guys over at NR predictably throw a fit. Others still feel uncomfortable, preferring that other indictments would have been filed first. IMHO every prosecutor should work according to their own schedule and factor out politics — follow procedure and do what you think is right.
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Apr 5, 2023, 10:29 PM
 
For those who need a summary;

Stormy Daniels says there was an affair with Trump in the past. Before the 2016 election, Trump had his fixer Mr. Cohen pay Daniels $130K to keep quiet about it.

The NDA was signed by Daniels and Cohen - but Trump never got around to signing it. And the contract language goes into effect when all parties sign. Which means it never went into effect. Stormy Daniels has since talked about it.

Cohen paid the $130K out of his own funds, then was reimbursed by Trump after the fact. This became $35K (per month) for a year. Some of the funds came from Trump's own accounts, some from his election-related trust. The expenses were described as other things, to conceal that it was a hush money payment. Cohen's compensation was listed as attorney fees, for example.

These false descriptions were submitted on 34 filings, which is where New York State got the 34 fraud charges.

False entries on business filings are usually misdemeanors, which are penalized with fines. However, if fraudulent entries were to cover up crimes, they can be charged as Felonies, which are punished with jail time. All 34 fraud charges are being pursued as felonies.

For convictions to happen, the prosecution must prove:
1. The fraudulent entries are false. (easy)
2. They were done wrong deliberately. (easy)
3. The crimes they cover up have themselves been proven. (uncertain)

The prosecutors have not spelled out the root crimes in #3 yet. Speculation has covered:
A. Campaign finance violations. $130K exceeds the individual limit, and wasn't reported as a campaign co-pay.
B. Conspiracy to alter an election using illegal means. There's a NY state law against this.
C. State tax fraud. ie - reporting things in the wrong category may produce a different deduction amount. And besides, those tax forms always have the "true and correct under penalty of perjury" above the signature line.

I'm not a lawyer, and this is condensed. For example, there were hush payments to 2 other people, via the National Enquirer instead of Cohen. This case will develop slowly, with lots of case filings before anything happens. The first hearing isn't until December 2023. I expect one or both sides to appeal the result, which may come in 2024. Later still for the appeals to be exhausted.
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Apr 6, 2023, 01:40 AM
 
Nice summary, reader. There are some weird technical question, e. g. whether federal election law can be used in state proceeding (above my paygrade).

One issue many pundits seem to focus on is the 34 charges bit, that seems to be entirely technical and not unusual. Rich Lowry makes it out as if that gives the prosecutors 34 bullets in a Russian Roulette that poor Donald Trump will have to play. That's patently false in this case, I see the chance that Donald Trump will only be convicted of 1–2 charges as exceedingly remote, either it is an almost everything or nothing deal.

Another thing that shapes my thinking is that I'd expect that everyone involved, the prosecution, the Grand Jury, the judge, they all know that this will be a case that will shape their career, and that if one of them did not dot their i's and cross their t's, the whole thing will likely explode in their faces. So I don't think it is likely to expect any malfeasance.

What I find most interesting as a non-lawyer is to think through where we would like to be as a society. Let us assume we have irrefutable proof. Would you want to pursue a case for a misdemeanor against the former President? One argument against it is that it'd open the door for “judicial harassment” against current and former politicians you disagree with. Given the US's history and deference to former politicians, I don't see that this slippery slope argument holds a lot of weight. Moreover, I think Trump violated one of the few enforceable laws that govern spending in political campaigns. Enforcing the few laws the US has is IMHO a net benefit, even if the punishment is a slap on the wrist (e. g. a fine).

Then let's escalate and pretend that we are able to prove a felony, but the felony case rests on quite a few technical legal arguments. Would that be better than convicting Trump of a misdemeanor? Would it be permissible or desirable to pull an Al Capone?

Lastly, there is the case of a “clear-cut, serious felony” conviction. This creates a scale from misdemeanor to very serious crime.

Now let's add conviction probabilities back: how certain would you want to be to charge a former President? 90 %? 80 %? Would you want to trade some degree of certainty for a lesser charge? How much of a trade-off would you want to make?

This does bring me back to someone repeatedly playing Russian Roulette: Trump has had a long history of shady business dealings, and if he keeps on playing stupid games, he might eventually win a stupid prize. A lot of Trump cases seem to be a thing of extreme degree: e. g. his improper valuations of Trump properties to borrowers and tax authorities (where he seemingly over- and undervalued his possessions for financial gain) seem to be a common tactic, yes, but it seems he pushed it to an extreme. How should society deal with such trolls that skirt and cross the line of what is and isn't legal? It seems natural to me that the system eventually has a shorter trigger.
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Apr 6, 2023, 02:48 AM
 
From what I've heard, if a charge doesn't stick as a felony, it will fall back to a misdemeanor. So I expect eventual convictions on all charges. The questions center on whether or not they can convict as felonies. And if the felony status holds up through appeals.
     
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Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
From what I've heard, if a charge doesn't stick as a felony, it will fall back to a misdemeanor. So I expect eventual convictions on all charges. The questions center on whether or not they can convict as felonies. And if the felony status holds up through appeals.
The latter point seems to be an untested legal theory: it seems it is neither explicitly allowed nor explicitly forbidden. In spirit, it seems counterintuitive to merely ignore the purpose of these crimes, which was to commit/further another crime. But I'm not a legal expert, just my gut reaction.
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Jun 9, 2023, 02:15 PM
 
As of yesterday, Trump is indicted for 7 federal charges. The special counsel has filed them, apparently all regarding the Mar-a-Lago documents. Arraignment scheduled for Tuesday, which is when we'll find out the charges. So far, we know they include mishandling of documents, obstruction of justice, espionage act, and conspiracy. But we don't know the details yet.

It's notable that the special counsel is also investigating 2020 election interference claims and (probably) J6 claims. Apparently none of the current charges pertain to those subjects.
     
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Today’s unsealed federal indictment reveals 37 individual felony charges.

31 counts related to withholding national defense information.
5 counts related to concealing possession of classified documents.
2 counts related to making false statements.

The indictment is pretty good reading. (NYT pdf link)
     
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Jun 9, 2023, 04:33 PM
 
I spoke too soon. The indictment has been unsealed today. You can read it here.

News now says 37 counts. Perhaps the "7 charges" mentioned yesterday were 7 categories. I haven't read the indictment yet, nor heard lawyer commentary.
     
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Trump's lawyers Jim Trusty and John Rowley have resigned.
     
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Jun 9, 2023, 05:59 PM
 
2nd Thorz's suggestion to read the indictment. There are even pictures. They put effort into making it readable by the layperson. It lays out 38 counts. 37 against Trump, and 6 against Waltine Nauta, Trump's personal aide.

Counts 1-31 against Trump, classified docs (Espionage Act)
Count 32 against Trump & Nauta, Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice
Count 33 against Trump & Nauta, Withholding a Document or Record
Count 34 against Trump & Nauta, Corruptly Concealing docs
Count 35 against Trump & Nauta, Concealing docs
Count 36 against Trump & Nauta, Scheme to Conceal docs
Count 37 against Trump, False Statements (Lying to FBI & grand jury)
Count 38 against Nauta, False Statements (Lying to FBI)

In my layperson's understanding of law, Counts 1-32, 37 and 38 are Felonies, which carry jail terms. Counts 33-36 are records mishandling and might not carry jail in that context. But if 33-36 count as Obstruction of Justice, then they are Felonies too.

There's a whole lot of jail there, and an Espionage Act conviction can prevent one from holding office too. Maybe this is finally serious enough for Trump to shut up and let his lawyers speak for him in court. That would be the smart thing to do.
     
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Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Counts 33-36 are records mishandling and might not carry jail.
I believe those counts refer to them moving the documents from place to place, to keep ahead of the FBI. Felonies. There’s definitely jail time involved. My guess is those are there to pressure Nauta into flipping on Trump.

One detail I caught...He moved a stash of documents up to his Bedminster country club the same week it was hosting a LIV Golf tournament. You know, the golf tour owned by the Saudis (until this week, anyway.)

If it comes out he gave state secrets to the Saudis, and his followers still don’t care, I won’t know what to think.
     
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Jun 9, 2023, 06:18 PM
 
Trump indicted again. Trump supporters will ignore all evidence against him and swear on a stack of bibles that it's a "political witch hunt". Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

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That’s pretty much what every R in congress is saying, so, yep.
     
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Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
There's a whole lot of jail there, and an Espionage Act conviction can prevent one from holding office too. Maybe this is finally serious enough for Trump to shut up and let his lawyers speak for him in court. That would be the smart thing to do.
Yes, this could be serious jail time. Bruce Rivers has looked up the sentencing guidelines and the recommendation is easily north of 8 years. The guidelines depend quite a bit on whether the information he shared were Top Secret or had a lower classification. If they are Top Secret the guidelines is 168–210 months, i. e. 14–17.5 years. If they were marked lower, Trump is looking at 8–10 years. Of course, his sentence might be compounded with other sentences, but given his age, a 10-year sentence would amount to him most likely dying in prison.

One hilarious detail is that Trump himself apparently increased the penalties for mishandling classified information. If true, this would be so peak Trump.
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Soooo...This bit of chyron shenanigans popped-up on Faux News this week...

     
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Jun 16, 2023, 11:36 AM
 
WE DO NOT ACCUSE OUR POLITICAL OPPONENTS OF CRIMES! DURING AN ELECTION!

<laughs hilary clinton>

If that were true then all anyone would need to do to stay out of jail is keep running for office.
     
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@Thorzdad
That seems pretty unprofessional.

@andi*pandi
Don't forget that the GOP will shamelessly adopt whatever stance that seems more convenient at the time (see e. g. Garland's Supreme Court nomination).
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Oh yes, I well recall
WE DO NOT CONFIRM JUDGES SO CLOSE TO AN ELECTION
(11 months before an election)

IT'S FINE TO CONFIRM A JUDGE SO CLOSE TO AN ELECTION AND RIGHT AFTER THE FUNERAL OF THE LAST JUDGE
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@Thorzdad
That seems pretty unprofessional.
I think the producer that allowed that banner is now an amateur.
Ya gotta applaud those bunnies for sacrificing their hearing just so some guy in Yonkers can have better TV reception.
     
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Jul 31, 2023, 06:08 PM
 
It's a few days late, but on July 27, Trump got re-indicted on the Mar-a-Lago documents case.

Apparently you cannot amend an Indictment. Instead, you have to file a replacement or "superseding indictment" with your revisions. Jack Smith's people just did that. It's now up to 42 counts (from 38) and adds a new defendant: Carlos De Oliveira, a "property manager" (maintenance fixer?) at Mar-a-Lago.

2nd Indictment (PDF - 60 pages) includes possible penalties for each charge.
2nd Indictment with annotations by CNN legal staff.

Excerpt from an inspired FBI interview with Oliveira:
FBI: When -- after the end of the presidency, boxes arrived to Mar-a-Lago. Were you part of any group to help --
Oliveira: No.
FBI: -- unload them and move them?
Oliveira: No.
...
FBI: Do you -- were you—do you even know, like, or were you even there or aware that boxes were --
Oliveira: No.
FBI: -- like, all this stuff was being moved in?
Oliveira: Never saw anything.
FBI: Okay.
Oliveira: Yeah. And then --
FBI: Even his personal stuff, like, his clothes --
Oliveira: Never.
FBI: -- and furniture, nothing?
Oliveira: Never saw nothing.
FBI: Okey. So you don't know where items would have been stored, as soon as he moved back to Mar-a-Lago?
Oliveira: No.
According to the indictment, Oliveira was helping Nauta move the boxes around. On tape presumably.

Trump's lawyers heard about the subpoena for Mar-a-Lago security cam footage. They called Trump with the news. Trump then called De Oliveira, for 24 minutes. When the subpoena actually arrived, Trump called Nauta. Who changed travel plans, went back to Mar-a-Lago, and contacted Oliveira. Then Oliveira rounded up Mar-a-Lago IT guy Yuscil Taveras. Took him past the cams of interest, and into an "audio closet" for the following conversation.
De Oliveira told Trump Employee 4 {Taveras} that their conversation should remain between the two of them.
De Oliveira asked Trump Employee 4 how many days the server retained {security cam} footage. Trump Employee 4 responded that he believed it was approximately 45 days.
De Oliveira told Trump Employee 4 that "the boss" wanted the server deleted.
Trump's been charged now for the secret plan to attack Iran that he showed off in Bedminster. I was expecting charges in Maryland for that, but it ended up in the Florida case. The revised Indictment also fills in more details that were glossed over in the first one. ie - Oliveira was the one who helped Nauta move boxes in/out of the storage room. And helped load them on the plane to Bedminster.

Not mentioned in any Indictment yet - Oliveira was the one who drained the Mar-a-Lago pool. Which just happened to flood the server room for the security cam servers. And oh yeah, after the DOJ asked for the security camera footage, Oliveira and some others started having meetings at the property line. Or in the audio closet. Away from those pesky cameras.

The whole thing looks like a crime family in training. They're not doing it right - the DOJ did end up with the camera footage. But their hearts are in the right place. Lose the evidence, cover your tracks, protect the Boss.

I've heard that Trump's lawyers are telling him to win the 2024 election. That's the only way he might avoid jail.
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According to the indictment, Oliveira was helping Nauta move the boxes around. On tape presumably.
Jack Smith's work so far has been impeccable and beyond reproach. I would expect that each and every point in the superseding indictment is bolstered by irrefutable evidence such as security tapes.
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Trump's lawyers heard about the subpoena for Mar-a-Lago security cam footage. They called Trump with the news. Trump then called De Oliveira, for 24 minutes. When the subpoena actually arrived, Trump called Nauta. Who changed travel plans, went back to Mar-a-Lago, and contacted Oliveira. Then Oliveira rounded up Mar-a-Lago IT guy Yuscil Taveras. Took him past the cams of interest, and into an "audio closet" for the following conversation.
It just keeps on adding up. Trump is such an inept criminal, he gave state-of-mind testimony on tape that you'd expect from a cheap court drama. (“Yes, I did it. I know what I am doing is wrong. Is this on? Do you want me to speak directly into the mic?”)
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Trump's been charged now for the secret plan to attack Iran that he showed off in Bedminster. I was expecting charges in Maryland for that, but it ended up in the Florida case.
I think Smith wanted to avoid looking like he was shopping for a suitable venue even if you could make a reasonable argument for having those bits tried in Maryland. Me thinks Jack Smith wants to be above reproach and not even enter into such discussions.
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Aug 2, 2023, 02:00 AM
 
Trump has been indicted by Jack Smith for trying to steal the 2020 Election.

Charges were filed in D.C. court. Case assigned to Judge Tanya Chutkan, who has been tough on Capitol Riot defendants.

Indictment (PDF 45 pages)
Indictment with annotations.

Count 1: Conspiracy to Defraud the United States
Count 2: Conspiracy to Obstruct an Official Proceeding
Count 3: Obstruction of and Attempt to Obstruct an Official Proceeding
Count 4: Conspiracy Against Rights
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(Again) should be added to the topic title.

Yeah, Trump is inept, dense, and delusional. He seems to think he can reinvent facts each day to put himself in a better light than the old facts, including his own statements.

It is beyond my comprehension that 43% of potential voters support Trump. But, look what happened in Germany in the 1930s.

After reading Hanna Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism a few months back, I've also read a collection of essays titled Can It Happen Here, along with one other similar collection of essays. Now I'm reading It Can't Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis. It's not one of his better novels, according to critics, plus he got the title wrong. Oh yes, yes it can.
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The last election before Hitler used a Reichstag fire to declare the State of Emergency and assume absolute power, the NSDAP achieved 33,1% of the vote.
     
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Prosecutor asked judge for protection order after Trump's threat to "go after" anyone crossing him. They are concerned about turning over sensitive info to his lawyers because they know Dumbald Trump can't keep anything to himself. The judge had already warned the Trampster in court that he could not talk about stuff publicly under penalty of being detained until the trial. Dumb Butt said he understood, but, of course, you can't believe anything he says.
Ya gotta applaud those bunnies for sacrificing their hearing just so some guy in Yonkers can have better TV reception.
     
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Aug 5, 2023, 12:03 PM
 
I wonder how much further Trump can push the justice system, how often does he get a pass?
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Oh no, he's being persecuted! He is completely innocent of all of these "trumped up" charges that are solely politically motivated.

Big problem: a sizable number of people believe that nonsense.
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And they all send him money.
That's part of the grift.
     
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They've sent tens of millions so far. Last I heard, he's used $40 million from political donations for his legal bills. Haven't heard how much was donated in total.

If you have enough suckers on tap, you can retire early and live comfortably. Just promise them the world, or at least ... er, what has he promised them? Anyone heard specifics, other than Greatness? Did he at least promise them free beer for life?
     
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Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Just promise them the world, or at least ... er, what has he promised them? Anyone heard specifics, other than Greatness? Did he at least promise them free beer for life?
I think all he has “promised” is endless unhinged diatribes and yelling about all the people they’ve been taught to hate. Liberals, brown people, the poor, experts, scientists, federal workers, etc. As long as he continues ranting, they’ll send him their life savings.
     
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Perhaps "Greatness" is measured in the morning, on the scales. Trump delivers a 1% increase in Greatness in a verifiable way. Do your part to Make America Great Again, and be sure to thank Trump for it.
     
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Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
They've sent tens of millions so far. Last I heard, he's used $40 million from political donations for his legal bills. Haven't heard how much was donated in total.
Your logic is sound, but if I were Logical Trump™, I'd have minimized my legal exposure after the fact (by e. g. returning all documents) and then spend the rest of my life golfing on someone else's dime.
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