Trump is arguing that delayed indictments are “election interference” or “witch hunt,” but the reality is that a look at the timeline of events paints a different picture, collaborated by some of his former aides.
Trump rages on
On his social network, Trump wrote recently, “REMEMBER, CROOKED JOE BIDEN AND HIS RADICAL LEFT THUGS WAITED THREE YEARS TO BRING THESE INDICTMENTS & LAWSUITS AGAINST ME, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF MY CAMPAIGN!”
Things are not what they seem
Aaron Blake pointed out in his Washington Post piece how the factual timeline suggests that Trump is presenting an alternate reality. Blake started by sharing that “three years ago,” there were the 2020 elections, and Trump was still in office, so the question of classified documents did not exist.
Things take time
Blake wrote, “Trump allegedly left office with classified documents in late January 2021. But the charges brought by special counsel Jack Smith in federal court in Florida are not focused on merely possessing them. Rather, they are focused on his failure to return them when authorities came calling, along with alleged efforts to obstruct that process.”
But that’s not all
On August 8, 2022, the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago. Trump was reportedly warned about this months ago and was given numerous reminders to return the documents to the national archive. The search was part of an investigation into his handling of classified information after alleged innumerable attempts to get Trump to cooperate.
What followed was a presidential announcement
The long process of untangling which documents were allegedly mishandled and an alleged threat to national security was happening at the same time Trump announced his bid to run for president for the third time. That brings us to former White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews’s statement.
While on CNN, The former White House Deputy Press Secretary said, “I think he jumped in the 2024 race because he knew he was facing legal trouble and thought it would be a shield for him.”
Well known steps
Matthews added, “Now that he’s in the race, he’s going to try to shift blame and make different excuses that this is politicization and DOJ is being weaponized.”
The prosecution tried not to interact with Trump’s campaign
Blake noted how the prosecutors worked on other cases, all of them requesting a fair amount of time to investigate to avoid making things “political.” However, Trump’s early announcement made that impossible.
The report acknowledged that this is challenging for Trump
Blake wrote, “It’s surely inconvenient for Trump that these prosecutions are underway in the final 12 months before an election.”
When is the right time?
In conclusion, The Washington Post report wrote, “It’s hardly surprising given the time frames involved. And it’s not clear what actually plausible timing would have met with his approval.”
RICO cases are complicated
In Georgia, Trump and 18 others were charged under RICO (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act). These cases may take years to build, and Willis’ investigation started after January 6.
Willis informed of about the investigation in January 2021
Willis sent letters to Kemp, Raffensperger, and Carr requesting they maintain documents related to a “matter…of high priority” her office was investigating.
The investigations were not a secret
Numerous reports and unofficial and official statements were shared way before Trump announced his presidential bid. The only way not to make things seem “politicized” would be to drop everything.
Trump’s way out of the legal troubles
Former federal prosecutor Neamaa Rahmani advised Donald Trump’s legal team on how to avoid all charges, though it might not be possible.
Delay until victory
Rahmani told Daily Express U.S., “The best defense (Trump) has is to delay because he delays the case and becomes president, all his legal problems disappear. It’s well established that a sitting president can’t be prosecuted.”
The sitting president cannot be prosecuted
Rahmani continued: “The Department of Justice has long held that a sitting president can’t be prosecuted, but the Supreme Court hasn’t directly addressed this issue. Generally, presidents have been given broad immunity.”
The former prosecutor on the Georgia charges
“When you charge this many people, including this many lawyers who are going to assert all sorts of legal protections and privileges, there’s no way this case goes to trial (this year),” Rahmani said.
Willis does not have the trial date
“Willis says she wants to push the case in six months, but I would be shocked if it happened before 2024,” Rahmani noted. Willis suggested a trial date of March 4, 2024. That is reserved for Trump’s D.C. case.
No trial before 2025
Rahmani made similar statements to Newsweek, explaining, “In Willis’ case, I would be surprised if we get to trial before 2025.”
Too many people involved
He elaborated, “There are way too many defendants, and her delay in bringing charges likely puts her case fourth in line.”
Plenty to process
Chris Timmons, an Atlanta-based lawyer, and former prosecutor, said that the number of defendants in the alleged election interference case would almost unquestionably result in prolonged delays. “It takes a while to get everybody arraigned,” Timmons told The New York Times.
It will take time
“It takes a while to make sure everybody’s got an attorney. “There’s a lot of information to process to get organized to be ready to go,” Timmons said. “There’s a lot of information to process to get organized, to be ready to go,” Timmons concluded.
Trump’s team wants one trial to start in 2026
Trump’s legal team seeks to delay federal election interference trial until April 2026. In court papers, Trump lawyers John Lauro and Todd Blanche said that a 2.5-year delay before picking a jury would adequately factor in the case’s complexity. They called out Jack Smith’s proposal for the trial to start on January 2.
Trump’s team’s explanation
Trump’s lawyers wrote, “In this District, ordinary order when faced with such overwhelming discovery is to set a reasonable trial schedule, commensurate with the size and scope of discovery and complexity of the legal issues. The government rejects this sensible approach. Instead, it seeks a trial calendar more rapid than most no-document misdemeanors, requesting just four months from the beginning of discovery to jury selection.”
What if Trump wins?
Eric J. Segall, professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law and Constitution expert, told Newsweek, “We are in completely new territory if a sitting president is convicted of crimes he committed before he was elected president, which will be the case here.”
Segall added, “There’s nothing in the Constitution about this. There’s very little case law about this. We’ll have to see. There’s no way to predict how that would play out. No way.”
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