Rachel Maddow brings Trump to the purpose with an evaluation of Stormy Daniels hush cash
Rachel Maddow showed how Trump committed a crime and then had everyone bend over backwards to protect him from prosecution and the damage he caused to the DOJ and the rule of law.
So this is a crime committed in 2016. It was last in court in 2018. The last time anyone went to prison for this crime was in 2019. Federal prosecutors screwed up while preventing prosecutors from prosecuting it themselves for a long time. There was also a strange interlude where a Manhattan prosecutor, a New York prosecutor started an investigation into this matter, and then a new prosecutor came into office and stopped that investigation, and the new prosecutor reopened it a few months later, after some of the lawyers who had been working on Trump-related investigations resigned in protest and did so loudly.
This was a strange saga. This was a recurring criminal case. At its core, it’s a simple crime. It’s a very understandable crime. One where the evidence is really clear. And for years, I mean, we’ve been around seven years since the crime, five years since people went to jail for it, years since people have been backflipping to make sure there are no consequences for the guy who committed the crime has and was the only one who benefited from it. The purpose was to support Donald Trump’s campaign for President.
He became president. Which apparently gives you carte blanche to stay away from handcuffs for four years while occupying the Oval Office. But not after. It doesn’t stop when you’re out, when you’re out of the Oval Office you’re supposed to go back to being the kind of person who shouldn’t be caught committing crimes without paying for it. It’s taken all these years and I’m happy to say Stormy Daniels is doing fine. You’re better than fine. We’re about to find out if we can say the same about the rule of law and the justice system, which they royally screwed up.
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The case itself is not complicated. It’s quite open and closed. Donald Trump broke the law by paying hush money to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign. We know Donald Trump is the man behind the crime. Donald Trump benefited from the crime, but because he made it to the White House, Trump was able to use the power of the presidency to cover up his crime and block investigations.
Joe Biden’s election as President has not repaired the rule of law and the Justice Department. The DOJ may never be the same again. Precedents have been set that another corrupt future President could easily follow.
The best way to restore the rule of law in the United States is to criminally indict Donald J. Trump.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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