After literally years of waiting following the 2020 presidential election, supporters of former President Donald Trump are not startled by the number of indictments that surface as the 2024 election approaches. Trump has never ceased asserting that the election was flawed, posing a threat to those who support the contested results.
It appears that the Democrats have spent the last two years searching for any legal loophole they can find in order to charge the former president with anything prior to the 2024 Republican presidential nomination vote. This week, Georgia issued its fourth indictment based on a “racketeering” statute.
A grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, indicted Trump and 18 others for “attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the state” In reality, Trump’s campaign aimed to expose voting irregularities.
Conservatives protest vehemently that all four of Trump’s indictments are occurring during his campaign as the current Republican frontrunner, as well as the nature of the charges. Jonathan Turley, a Fox News contributor and law professor, told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday that the indictment in Georgia is “worrisome” because contesting election results is not a crime.
According to the Daily Caller, on Tuesday, “The Five” saw an increase in discussion.
“The Five” co-host Harold Ford Jr. said Tuesday that Trump is not immune from criminal charges just because he is running for president, and argued the indictments are justified from a legal standpoint.
“You don’t think this is totally over the top? As a judge, four? I mean, even when — everything you say makes sense except it’s all bullshit! It’s all nonstop, we know this is designed to banish an isolated, destroy a political outsider who predicted this. Chuck Schumer, remember this?” Gutfeld said. “Don’t mess with the intel agencies. They’ll arrest your team and keep it off the field.”
“Do you not think he’s done anything?” Ford asked.
“He is probably one of the most troubling, consequential figures in history, but no. He doesn’t deserve any of this,” Gutfeld said.
Judge Jeanine Pirro added that the indictments were not issued until November, after Trump’s campaign announcement. If Trump had not been indicted immediately, prosecutors would have been accused of not conducting a comprehensive investigation, according to Ford.
“Oh, baloney!” Pirro responded. “It doesn’t take two and a half years to get indicted!”
Co-host Dana Perino attempted to defuse the tension by stating that Trump’s indictments would be criticized regardless of the timing.
The exchange reflects the sentiments of all Americans. If Trump attempted to manipulate the election in a flagrant manner, why were no charges filed?
This situation is similar to other accusations made against Trump, such as the case in New York where Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg handed Trump a 34-count indictment accusing him of falsifying business records to pay “hush money” to former porn actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.
Trump maintains his innocence in the Daniels matter.
Trump has been charged in Washington, D.C., by special counsel Jack Smith for storing 15 boxes of classified documents at his Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, despite the fact that many more classified documents were discovered in the possession of President Joe Biden, dating back to when he was not a resident and therefore should not have had them.
Trump has stated numerous times that, as president in office, he declassified the documents in his custody himself.
Smith has also indicted Trump in relation to the events on January 6, 2021, at the Capitol. According to the Washington Post, Smith’s indictment charges Trump with Conspiring to “defraud the United States, conspiring to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights in connection with what prosecutors allege was a plan to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.”
Trump asserts that he was attempting to get to the bottom of the contradictory allegations of voter fraud across the nation.
In Georgia, it appears to have taken two years to locate a statute under which Trump could be accused of misconduct.
The Daily Caller reports that Trump and his associates have been charged with violations of the Georgia “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations” (RICO) Act, solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer, conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree, and conspiracy to commit false statements and writings.
Pirro’s statement that it does not take years to conclude an investigation places the upcoming presidential election in perspective for all the indictments.
During his arraignments, Trump pled not guilty to all offenses enumerated in the first three indictments. Now, 18 additional members of his team are participating in the attack in Georgia.
Next week on Monday at 11 a.m., Trump intends to hold a news conference in which he will address the Georgia election fraud issue.