Trump’s Moment of Accountability
Plus: Issues, Not Money, Decided Wisconsin’s $50 Million Supreme Court Race.
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DENNIS AFTERGUT: Trump’s Moment of Accountability.
One way evaluate the strength of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s evidence against Donald Trump is to envision how a prosecutor would present the case in his opening statement to a jury. Judge for yourself from this hypothetical opening, drawn from the indictment, the accompanying statement of facts, and Bragg’s Tuesday press conference.
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,
This is a case about hiding the truth from the people to get elected president. The coverup was worse than the crime.
The coverup involved the defendant, Donald J. Trump, making false entries in business records to keep the truth secret after he’d suppressed it on the eve of the 2016 election. The victims were the American people and American history.
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BILL LUEDERS: Issues, Not Money, Decided Wisconsin’s $50 Million Supreme Court Race.
How expensive was the race for an open seat on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court?
There was so much money that the two contenders—Janet Protasiewicz, who emerged as the decisive winner in Tuesday’s election, and Daniel Kelly, the decidedly sore loser—shattered not only state but national records.
The final total is expected to top $50 million. That’s five times the previous record for a Wisconsin Supreme Court race and more than three times the record for a judicial race anywhere in the United States. So much money flowed into this election that a significant share of Wisconsin residents even learned how to pronounce Protasiewicz (“pro-tuh-SAY-witz”).
There was so much money in this race that it was arguably not the deciding factor in the outcome.
TIM MILLER: Meet the Guy Sent to Prison for Supposedly Trying to Get Trump’s Tax Returns.
JORDAN HAMLETT KNOWS how it feels to get railroaded. To be targeted by a politicized indictment. To sit in a courtroom agonizing over how this could possibly be his life, when he was only trying to fix a problem.
In other words: everything Donald Trump has claimed he’s experienced, only for real.
But like so many others who have suffered miscarriages of justice, Hamlett didn’t have the tools that the former president has used to push back against the system. When Johnny Law came for Jordan Hamlett, the boys in blue didn’t let him surrender on his own by way of a private jet. Or make exceptions to help him avoid a humiliating detainment. They didn’t spare him the mug shot or the ankle bracelet. Or keep his house nice and tidy during their raid.
Happy (Holy) Thursday! As family rolls into town, or if you’re on the road, I hope for safe travels and enjoyable meals with loved ones.
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He has no chance whatsoever.