Donald Trump Won’t Get a Fair Trial – Former President Donald J. Trump and his legal team, led by attorney Christopher Kise, have requested delays in the federal trials that he has been indicted in.
According to them, with the 2024 Presidential Election in full swing, people are already militating toward their preferred political tribes.
Because Trump is already such a divisive figure—and given the fact that the former president is again running for the highest office in the land—Trump’s lawyers do not believe that the forty-fifth president can get a fair trial in any state so long as the election is occurring.
What’s more, the raw emotions that Trump evokes in the hearts and minds (and souls) of most Americans is so visceral that it’d be best to simply let the election play out before the trials begin.
That’s what used to happen in the country. There used to be a rule that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would avoid political trials during an election year.
That rule was not because we were secretly a banana republic. It was precisely because in so-called “banana republics” political parties in power often use the government to prosecute their political opponents that the DOJ sought to avoid prosecuting politicians engaging in political campaigns.
It’s “We, the People,” Not “You, the Bureaucracy”!
Better to let the voters decide. That’s not what’s happening here, though. No, the Democrats in charge of the government presently are attempting to drown Trump with as many indictments as possible as he makes his way to becoming the next likeliest Republican Party presidential candidate.
The Left decries this past DOJ policy of leaving politicians alone during the elections as “imperfect.” Career prosecutors go to MSNBC and CNN to squawk about the beauty how, in America, “no one is above the law.”
But of course, that’s a lie (if you’re going to start tut-tutting about “whataboutism” stop reading now, please).
The details of Jeffrey Epstein’s criminality, let alone the true circumstances of his death, in my view, have yet to be fully revealed to the public, despite the FBI and DOJ being in possession of the facts proving what happened in both instances.
That’s just one big example of how people are above the law.
Obviously, the names listed in Epstein’s files could bring down many of America’s most powerful men. So, they remain protected. If any ordinary person tried even a scintilla of what Epstein did, the government would likely have discovered it very early on and stopped them—with good reason.
For Jeffrey Epstein, that’s been memory holed, though.
Meanwhile, Donald J. Trump, the most hated Republican politician in my lifetime (possibly even in history), not only has been made to deal with a seemingly endless string of indictments for things he likely did (but in no way rise to the level of insane fixation that the Left has subjected Trump to), but was also subject to patently false accusations throughout his presidency.
Remember the Russia collusion bit?
That was either a mass delusion on the part of our hallowed national security establishment or, more likely, a political hitjob ginned up against the first president in decades to truly threaten to upset Washington, D.C.’s perfect apple cart.
Certainly, Trump supporters won’t permit this to stand. The Democrats, on the other hand, see nothing wrong and are perfectly happy to abuse their positions atop the government to try to break Trump.
We Need to Get Back to Fairness in America
The reason that the DOJ used to try to prevent politicized investigations and indictments from proceeding during election years was because previous generations understood that the targets of those investigations would be hard-pressed to find a fair jury.
Sure, it’s possible that even if the trials against Trump were going forward during an off-election-year, he’d still find difficulty in getting a fair jury of his peers.
But during an election?
There’s seriously no hope.
It used to be that our government institutions reflected the basic premises that our Constitution was founded upon. One of those concepts is that each citizen—including Donald Trump—is owed a fair, speedy trial decided by a jury of their peers.
During an election year an accused politician running for office wouldn’t get that. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the DOJ to try to create the circumstances for ensuring that the accused has a chance for a fair trial.
Waiting for the election to be over is imperfect. But it is the most judicious thing to do.
The very last thing our besieged institutions need is to be perceived as influencing elections unduly. By piling these indictments onto Trump in the midst of a contentious presidential election, that’s what they’re doing.
The biased prosecutors taking to the mainstream media’s airwaves to defend this process are not only self-serving, but they are missing the critical human element of fairness here.
It just feels unfair.
Crimes that Donald Trump has been accused of are not violent. No harm would be done if the government simply waited to go to trial until after the election. The fact that they won’t—and that so many of these political operatives masquerading as impartial prosecutors on television insist that you’re a moron for even daring to think that—is the ultimate tell.
This is a politicized process.
They want these cases going forward to trial now so that they can boo and hiss from the rafters throughout the election cycle if Trump is, in fact, the Republican nominee squaring off against the sclerotic Joe Biden and word salad chef Kamala Harris.
These are Non-Violent Crimes Donald Trump is Accused Of
Trump is guilty of some of these crimes.
He probably mishandled classified documents. The former president probably did purposely misfile obvious hush money payments to Stormy Daniels as “legal fees” on his tax returns in 2016.
We know that Trump did bark for Georgia state election officials to just “find me 11,780 votes” during the dark days of the legal challenges to the 2020 election outcome.
With the exception possibly of the election interference case, none of the others should have been brought forward until after the 2024 election was decided.
The Stormy Daniels thing should have never been brought forward, simply because it was a “zombie case” to begin with—meaning no American, other than Donald Trump, would have been indicted in that case.
Instead, the pile on continues.
Discretion is often the better part of valor. Consider the kind of insanity that’s going to erupt because of these cases coming out during an already intense election. Think of the chaos that’s being courted by all sides here. All unnecessary. Just wait 18 months.
Biden Needs the Double-Standard
But Biden and his people can’t. They need the drama to militate their voters into action. And for all the blather about how the special counsels running these investigations are independent, just remember they’re career DOJ prosecutors.
When their cases against Trump end, they will return to being career DOJ prosecutors. There is clearly an institutional interest in going after Trump. What’s more, they ultimately report to Attorney General Merrick Garland, who is himself a Democrat and a Biden appointee who reports directly to President Biden.
Lastly, Joe Biden is accused of mishandling classified documents over the course of his career. While there is a special counsel investigation into him, it is going nowhere fast.
Not like Trump’s classified documents case which has been both brutal, speedy, and quite public. This whole thing stinks.
Donald Trump isn’t going to get a fair trial.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.