On Monday night, Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis added the racketeering influence and corruption organizations indictment and 13 new felonies to Donald Trump’s long list of crimes. Those new indictments come just three days after Federal District Judge Tanya Chutkan Trump warned “Exercise special care in your public statements” following his latest indictment in Washington, DC.
Trump is now preparing to dig himself out of this huge hole, not by keeping quiet and working with his lawyers, but by breaking out a shiny new shovel. Trump says on Monday he will reveal a new report During a very special episode broadcast live from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. According to Trump, that report contained “irrefutable” evidence of election fraud in Georgia. And then Willis will have to make up his case and go home after it becomes clear that Trump did, in fact, win the 2020 election. Plus, we’ll all be getting a pet unicorn too.
In addition to getting Trump more airtime and opening phone lines to collect donations from his like-minded public, the event appears to be intended to double down on the “It’s Not a Crime If You Really Believe It” principle. Never mind, which unfortunately is for Trump.
According to the new York TimesTrump’s irrefutable report was not compiled using a team of new investigators or election experts, but by Trump communications aide Liz Harrington. If that name sounds at all familiar, it’s because Harrington was a voice on recording In an infamous conversation in which Trump bragged about showing military plans for a possible invasion of Iraq. She’s cheering for Trump in the background and cringing at the idea that the document was never made public.
Even in a 100 page report, there is a lot of work to be done in that report. For example, charging only once Fulton County Prosecution Trump was reprimanded for claiming that:
About 250,000 to 300,000 ballots were “mysteriously dropped” of Georgia’s total votes.
Thousands of people in Georgia were told they could not vote because ballots had already been cast in their names.
In Georgia, 4,502 people who were not on the voter registration list voted.
Nine hundred and four people voted in Georgia who were registered at an address that was a post office box.
Ruby Freeman was a professional vote rigger and well-known political activist.
Ruby Freeman filled the ballot boxes.
Ruby Freeman, her daughter and others were responsible for fraudulently delivering at least 18,000 ballots to Joe Biden.
Nearly 5,000 dead people voted in Georgia.
139% of people voted in Detroit.
In Pennsylvania, 200,000 more votes were recorded than the number of people who voted.
Thousands of dead people voted in Michigan.
Hundreds of thousands of ballots were thrown away in Fulton County.
Trump won Georgia by 400,000 votes.
These are all lies that Trump sent in writing to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Deputy Secretary Jordan Fuchs, and Georgia Secretary of State General Counsel Ryan Germany in a single day.
Nothing Trump says on Monday will support any of these claims, because each and every one of these statements obviously false, These are not vague claims softened by “in my opinion” or “I think”. They are not presented as reports for investigation. They are presented as approximate facts, often with precise numbers, but in reality they are just lies.
If Trump tries to tell the truth about even one of these things on Monday night, he will only strengthen the charges against him. Should Harrington tell new lies, it would be constructive but it wouldn’t help at all. This can make things even worse.
As it stands, the 19 acts listed in the present indictment occurred after January 6, 2021. It also included an incident that came nine months later when Trump wrote to Raffensperger, “As you were previously told, the number of false and/or irregular votes is far greater than needed to change the Georgia election result.” Depending on how Trump handles things on Monday, the door is always open to adding more acts to the substitute impeachment.
But then again, it almost seems like Trump is Intentionally trying to cause judicial reprimand, He is clearly and intentionally crossing the line repeatedly, even when he has received clear instructions. Maybe it’s because he can’t help himself. Perhaps it is because he enjoys watching his supporters threaten violence against judges and other officials. Perhaps he feels that his best way forward is to keep as many people in turmoil as possible. It is quite possible that it is all three.
Its overarching point, however, appears to be a reinforcement of the idea that Trump genuinely believes his own folly. Which doesn’t matter. at all.
the focal point of the Ricoh charge in Georgia, as well as four federal charges The report presented by the jury in Washington does not necessarily indicate that Trump knew he was lying. In fact, those federal charges make it clear:
Like every American, the defendant had a right to speak publicly about the election and even to falsely claim that result-determining fraud had occurred during the election and that he had won.
If Trump has the right to lie, what’s the problem? And why do his lies keep getting listed in the Georgia indictment? This is also explained in the federal indictment. Trump was empowered to lie and to “formally alter the results of the election by legal and proper means”.
This also included going to court. It also included the demand for re-counting. This included challenging ballots and procedures.
This did not include attempting to obstruct the process of government, or attempting to cause an election official to alter the vote, or soliciting the selection of false voters, or attempting to get state legislators to falsify election results.
The reason Trump’s lies on the Georgia indictment came out is not because they are lies, but because he fabricated them to further his efforts to illegally overturn the result of the election.
The Georgia indictment divides the false statements into three groups: false statements made to solicit action by state legislatures, false statements made to solicit action from state officials, and harassment of campaign worker Ruby Freeman. Trump was on television every day during the period of the investigation, usually several times a day. He also had several rallies and speeches, but only a few of Trump’s false statements were brought up because they were statements that fit the above categories.
Trump is welcome to believe that he has won Georgia. He can believe that 5,000 zombies voted in Georgia and 125,000 ghosts pulled the lever in Detroit. He is free to take those claims to court, file a request for recount, and seek redress through all legal means. But after doing this, he cannot use these statements or any other statement As a means of solving illegal activity.
That’s the problem, and it doesn’t matter what Trump believes.
As stated in the federal indictment, Trump engaged in:
Conspiracy to defraud the United States by using dishonesty, fraud, and deceit to obstruct, obstruct, and defeat the work of the lawful federal government by which the results of a presidential election are collected, counted, and certified is done.
Or, as the RICO allegation in the Georgia indictment says, Trump:
Willfully and voluntarily conspired to alter the result of the election in favor of Trump.
Trump lied in support of that conspiracy. And of course he did. Because the truth is that he lost.
What happened while we were all on vacation? Something about Donald Trump being impeached not once, but twice! Also in the news: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ campaign fails. There is so much happening!