The handcuffs are removed. For the Democrats, the indictment of former President Trump has opened a box of worms. As he pursues a rematch with Biden in 2024, Trump, 76, is the first former president to face criminal charges. According to reports, the sealed indictment derives from an unique document-falsification hypothesis presented by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg in 2016 actions that had previously been put to bed.
Bragg surely did not believe that Republicans would accept this without protest. In fact, a whirlwind is imminent.
Conservative legal experts told The Washington Post on Friday that Thursday’s indictment of former President Trump had created a precedent for Republican prosecutors to file criminal charges against President Biden.
“All bets are off. You can expect grand jury indictments of leftist politicians like Biden, [former House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer as surely as night follows day,” said Tom Fitton, president of the conservative legal group Judicial Watch.
“You can be sure that there are prosecutors across Florida and Texas right now who are looking for a state law hook into the Biden family,” he added. “And if they’re not, they’re not doing their jobs.”
“Republicans need to learn how to take off the gloves and put on the brass knuckles and break glass jaws — politically and legally, not physically,” Mike Davis, a former chief counsel for nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee and president of the Article III Project, told The Post.
“If New York can turn a routine settlement of a business dispute seven years ago into a felony, I think our Republican AGs and DAs should get creative,” added Davis, who briefly worked as a federal prosecutor before clerking for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. “Two wrongs don’t make it right, but it makes it even.
“You just need probable cause. A grand jury can indict a ham sandwich. We just saw that in New York. And the Bidens actually committed real crimes. These are real crimes that the Bidens committed. There is smoking gun evidence that the Bidens were corruptly and illegally on Chinese and Ukrainian oligarchs’ payrolls.”
Trump ally Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff, stated that he feels the court system has a “double standard” against Republicans such as Trump, who granted the notorious lawman his first pardon for criminal contempt in 2017. Arpaio stated, “The criminal justice system is not always fair, believe me, and this is an example,” Arpaio said.
“This sets a little precedent,” said the ex-sheriff of America’s fourth-most-populous county. “Now the word is out that you can go and indict an ex-president and a current president and they opened another door. But now everybody’s going to flex their muscles and use this case. So now we’re gonna threaten all presidents or ex presidents.”
Arpaio predicted that prosecutors would not bring a case against any president or ex-president “unless his name is Donald Trump,” but he said he could imagine finding sufficient evidence to charge Biden or even former President Barack Obama, whose Hawaii birth certificate Arpaio infamously claimed was a “computer-generated forgery.” CONTINUE READING…