If there is dust, I am restless.
The FBI's visit to Donald Trump's compound in Florida caused a stir. The right wing is lethargic, the left is ecstatic.
Neither is likely to be happy in the long run. Certain political and legal realities are at play.
Consider his five points:
One, precedent. Democrats may be happy that their most hated political opponent could soon be indicted...but that's short-term thinking. Longer term, the Republican Party will one day return to power in the White House, the Senate, the House, or all three. And you can be sure the Republicans will work overtime to pay back the favor to Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, or whoever was a key Democrat at the time.
Second, despite his bickering and screeching on the news, Fox was not his FBI "investigation." It was a lawful search and seizure conducted pursuant to a warrant and was authorized by the Director of the FBI - Trump's appointee. Trump knows why they were there — he has a copy of the search warrant. (My guess: they have the goods.)
Third, as a competent politician friend told me in the aftermath: Delayed Neglecting to return library books. And it's true: go after Trump for failing to return some classified documents? that's ridiculous. It's a chicken***. It may be a crime for archivists, but nobody else cares. But if Trump was selling content to an unknown party, that would be a clear crime...or under the pretext of searching for classified documents...
This is point 4. As various experts have pointed out, the FBI loves to use petty crimes to find evidence of serious crimes. Likewise, use the breach of security documents as an excuse to look for a bigger prize: proof of Trump's fraud on January 6th and overturning the election results? Ask Al Capone. The federal government is really good at using small crimes to prosecute big crimes. I can do it.
5: I hold to the view that the President of the United States cannot be indicted in court for a felony or misdemeanor. Impeachment in the House of Representatives? of course. Trump has twice had no apparent effect. Big deal. But carrying Mango Mussolini to court in handcuffs and an orange pantsuit? Impossible. it won't happen. ever.
That being said, I never saw this coming, nor did anyone else. Bigger and bigger.
Dust? It won't be resolved anytime soon.
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