Sorry, But I Must

I really don’t want to write about Donald Trump, but I again I feel I must. On Thursday of last week, he was the 1076th person to be arraigning in DC Federal Court on charges related to January 6th. That was the biggest American political event of the week just passed and I’d like to comment on it below.

The four charges in this indictment bring to 78 the total felony charges he is currently facing in three different jurisdictions. In all honesty the prosecutors have gone easy on him and there are many more charges that could be brought – more on that later.

Six, as of now, unindicted co-conspirators were alluded to. The smart money identifies them as Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Sidney Powell, Jeffrey “Capt. Underpants” Clark, Kenneth Cheesebro and Boris Epshteyn. The fact that Trump is the only defendant named in this indictment and that the charges are among the easier to prove tells me that Jack Smith is looking for a less complicated trial. I expect some combination of additional charges, more indictments and superseding indictments at points in the future. Identifying, but not explicitly naming someone, in a criminal indictment is a great way to squeeze them.

To me conspicuous by his absence is Mark Meadows. Does that mean he is cooperation? If so, has he done so in exchange for some level of immunity? Meadows is the type of guy who, like Trump, will do anything to save his own butt. (I expect Trump to throw some or all of the unnamed six under the bus if he feels it is to his benefit. To Trump loyalty is a one-way street only running in his direction.)

Will any sitting or former members of Congress be indicted? While certainly not limited to, I have the eight Senators in mind who after the coup attempt on January 6th still voted not to certify the 2020 election: Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Rick “The Fifth” Scott of Florida, and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama. Please note I did not mention any of the House “Recon Tour Guides” nor the 1/6 cheerleader in the bulletproof vest.

Oh, the last matter I will cover today will be greatly debated but in my mind it is simple: The DC trial (in fact all of them) should be televised. After all, we the people are the intended victims. In this case fortunately, like almost all things Trump, the coup attempt failed. The scary part is it might not the next time and we have an obligation to insure there is no next time, at least not on our watch.

I’m sorry this was my topic but I felt I must write about it.

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