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August 2, 2023

This morning, I saw an email in my box from “Banana Republic,” and my first thought was that it must be from the federal government.

Although after yesterday’s announcement of four more indictments of former President Trump by Biden attack dog Jack Smith, I think we are beyond bananas. We’re now living in a “Spaghetti Republic,” where partisan prosecutors just throw anything they can think up at Trump, like hurling a bowl of spaghetti against the wall to see if any of it sticks.

Here is some basic info on these outlandish accusations, for which Trump must appear in court at 4pm Thursday to be charged:

Trump faces four counts: conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights. All of these are based on his challenging of the 2020 election and his statements about it being rigged. The indictments actually say that he created “widespread mistrust” in his attempt to “overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 election.” No wonder one former FBI official said it reads more like a New York Times editorial than an indictment.

Show of hands: how many of you didn’t trust the results of the 2020 election before you even heard Trump say one word about it? Did you really need Trump’s criticism to think there might be something hinky about an election in which unelected judges and bureaucrats used the excuse of COVID to loosen voting laws that could legally only be changed by elected legislators? Or that an old man who barely left his basement to campaign, and who never got beyond the Iowa Caucuses in any of his previous failed runs, somehow racked up a record 81 million votes, including more black votes than even Barack Obama got?

As I’ve said on many occasions, you don’t need to believe any of the things people are being sued over, like hacked voting machines, to suspect this election wasn’t entirely kosher. And this is actually important because all of those charges are based on Smith knowing Trump’s state of mind and assuring us that he was deliberately attempting to overturn an election that he knew for certain he lost fair and square. I don’t believe he thinks that even now. If he did, then why was he continuing to back investigations of voter fraud even as he was making the statements he’s charged over?

Maybe Smith assumes Trump should have taken the word of the “experts” around him that there was no vote fraud. Would those be the type of top government experts who said he and his staff were colluding with Russia while they used lies and fabricated evidence to get bogus warrants to investigate them? Or the experts who assured us that Hunter’s laptop was Russian disinformation? Or that COVID sprang out of a bowl of bat soup, that you couldn’t catch or spread it if you wore a mask and got the jab, or that we could stop it by shutting down the economy and closing churches but not liquor stores? Why wouldn’t Trump trust the “government experts” when they told him there was no vote fraud?

Many legal experts are commenting not only on the unprecedented and outrageous nature of the charges but on the weakness of Smith’s case and how he had to stretch laws to the breaking point. One indicator of that – and a sure sign that he’s a partisan hack and not a dispassionate prosecutor – is that he held a press conference in which he gave the equivalent of a podium-pounding political speech blaming Trump for inciting the January 6th riot, then didn’t charge him with incitement. Because he knows there is zero evidence to support that.

Law professor Jonathan Turley was struck by how weak the case is, saying that if he went through the indictments with a red pen and crossed out everything protected by the First Amendment, it would reduce much of it to a haiku.

(By the way, the indictments also name five alleged “co-conspirators,” who are named here. Rudy Giuliani is included among them.)

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  • Wayne Swetnam

    08/05/2023 07:30 PM


    I agree with you, one hundred percent.