Trump’s Viewpoint on the Judicial Process
Before Richard Nixon nominated Elliot Richardson to be Attorney General, he tested his loyalty and basically told the nominee that he, Nixon, was innocent and Richardson should protect the presidency. He encouraged Richardson to appoint a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of what Nixon called a “Witch Hunt” or, as it eventually became known, Watergate.
At a later meeting Richardson felt like Nixon was attempting to stonewall by asking the Justice Department to help him thwart the investigation. According to Washington Post journalists Woodward and Bernstein, Richardson wrote on a legal pad during the meeting, “If the monster is me, save the country.”
There is a parallel world between the accusations of sexual misconduct with Trump and the possible collusion or, at best, ignorance of Russian involvement in our election. If Trump denies a charge, no matter how credible the accuser, he claims innocence and believes there is no need for deeper examination.
In this “wife beater White House,” it’s clear that customary laws of decency and decorum are out the window. It’s okay to ignore the victims of any crimes or misdeeds done by Trump’s merry men.
This tweet really sums up Trump’s campaign against women: “Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?” Aside from the bad grammar and spelling errors, Trump is building a case not for the Rob Porters of the world, but for himself.
His attempt at martyr status for the men who have cast their wrath on women is shallow and tone-deaf, sounding like Archie Bunker. Even with the talking heads defending or deflecting for him on the Sunday talk shows, Trump has, once again, hurt himself. He is the turd in the punch bowl at his own party.
What I don’t get here is his mention of “due process.” One has the right to confront our accusers. Check. One has the right to prove one’s innocence, and even though one can declare one’s innocence, it’s not the end in court but merely the beginning. Check. One has a right to be judged by an impartial jury of one’s peers but, just like in business, government doesn’t have to wait for a trial.
If someone is considered dangerous to the people they live with or work with, we tend to act long before the due process of justice. Why would we wait to act while someone else gets smacked? What are the damages a court might award? Surely much greater than losing a job at the White House. Trump is attempting to defend anyone on his team who is accused of a crime or sexual misconduct.
According to our Great Orange Leader, lives are shattered and destroyed by mere allegations. Oh, like the young men in the Central Park jogger murder case. In 1989, after five teenagers were arrested for the rape of a woman in Central Park, Donald Trump bought an ad in The New York Times calling for the death penalty. The men were convicted, but later exonerated. Their lives were shattered and destroyed by the mindset that they were guilty. Donald Trump promoted that concept with his own money and he never apologized for how he treated those citizens.
The little things, like turning away from any prosecution of EquiFax for their lack of security and mishandling of 140 million America identities, make Donald Trump dangerous to the Republic. He and his cronies won’t even investigate.
Trump is doing nothing about cybersecurity for the 2018 election. People like Rex Tillerson have waved the white flag and given up on fighting the threat. As long as Trump believes, “The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign,” nothing is going to change. Without the FBI and CIA, America could be taken.
Perhaps we will see how the Donald deals with due process in the case of the United States Government vs. Donald J. Trump. He is the monster and we must save the country. With his lies and deceit, his lack of focus on protecting our nation and the possible high crimes and misdemeanors to be revealed shortly, we will learn the importance of due process in obtaining a clean prosecution, and then impeachment.
Donald Trump will learn that no man in above the law and that women are to be respected.
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