Donald Trump Won’t Participate in Grand Jury Probe – In yet another embarrassing saga that only Donald Trump could have gotten himself enmeshed in, apparently the forty-fifth president’s hush money payout to legendary pornographic actress, Stormy Daniels, is coming back to haunt the forty-fifth president.
Trump Has More Legal Drama
Claiming that the whole ordeal is a witch hunt and that he did not sleep with Daniels, as she alleges, Trump nonetheless attempted to pay the performer for her silence. Trump claims that he did this to protect his young son, Barron, from the embarrassment of the accusation.
Further, Trump has made the case that he is the victim of attempted extortion.
The New York District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, investigating the Trump-Daniels affair believes otherwise. The prosecution suspects that, after the $130,000 payment was made to Daniels by Trump’s lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen, Trump illegally reimbursed himself from campaign funds out of his 2016 presidential election account. If that money did come from the campaign, then it would constitute a campaign finance violation and Mr. Trump would be guilty of a crime.
There are indications that the Bragg is readying to charge Trump with such a crime, as evidenced by the fact that they’ve invited Trump to share his side of the story with the grand jury. Former President Trump has intimated that he will not comply with the request or participate in the investigation at all. Although, the fact that six people close to this incident—including Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen—have testified about how Trump orchestrated the payout to Daniels likely means that Donald Trump is in some legal jeopardy.
For his part, Trump has insisted that he is totally innocent; that the affair never happened. He has made these comments as he works toward reclaiming the mantle as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee for 2024. He stands a strong chance of getting the nomination.
Trump even joked recently that if he were to be indicted, it might to “enhance [his] numbers.”
Having survived two impeachments, accusations that he had instigated a race war in Charlottesville in 2017, that he was a Russian Manchurian candidate, and that he attempted to overthrow our election in 2020, the claim that he mishandled campaign funds to pay a former (supposed) mistress for her silence seems a little silly.
This is the best his enemies can come up with?
Trump always has a flippant attitude when it comes to legal proceedings that he’s involved with. But the Stormy Daniels investigation is the least problematic of them all for Trump.
The fact of the matter is that even if Trump were found completely guilty and given the maximum sentence, the most he’d get was a four-year sentence in prison. With the amount of time it would take to charge and try him, should Trump manage to make it to the White House, he could just pardon himself for whatever crimes he was accused of. Even if he were indicted, there is no agreed standard in the constitutional law community as to whether he could no longer run. Most constitutional legal experts believe that, even if indicted, Trump could still run for office.
Therefore, Trump is smart not to participate in the grand jury. His political enemies are throwing everything at him to stop his candidacy for the presidency in 2024. They are hoping to tarnish and impugn him any way they can.
Why should Trump give them any credibility by showing up to what is obviously a legal trap?
Why Donald Trump Never Seems to Go Away
What these elites don’t understand is that Trump is his own worst enemy. If they simply took the approach to Donald Trump that Biden, the only politician to have actually beaten Trump, did in 2020 they’d probably have more success in beating him. After all, Trump is a human torch; so long as no one feeds him oxygen, he will burn himself out.
By constantly pursuing Donald Trump with what seems to be frivolous legal charges in order to damage his candidacy (or to get him to drop out entirely), Trump’s enemies are only empowering him. Their actions are allowing for Trump to make the case to his devoted base that he is a victim; that the elite are using every means necessary to them to break his campaign before it even really gets going. I suspect that Trump’s critics are going to be sorely disappointed with the outcome of this fight.
Stormy Daniels won’t be taking down the Orange Man anytime soon.
Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who serves as a Senior Editor for 19FortyFive.com. Weichert is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as a contributing editor at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower(Republic Book Publishers), The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (March 28), and Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.