Trump’s lawyers’ meeting with Special Prosecutor Jack Smith didn’t pan out as he’d hoped. After complaining about an unfair process and mistreatment of Trump, they were advised by Smith’s team to file a complaint with the Inspector General’s office next door. Obviously, they had nothing legally improper to complain about, so they just left the building.
Trump’s panicked reaction was what a criminal authoritarian narcissist right out of “Central Casting” would say, to borrow one of his favorite phrases.
Reports are the Marxist Special Prosecutor, DOJ, & FBI, want to Indict me on the BOXES HOAX, despite all of the wrongdoing that they have done for SEVEN YEARS, including SPYING ON MY CAMPAIGN. Biden Crimes go unpunished, including that he had Boxes in Chinatown, in his garage by the 'Corvette,' & 1,850 Boxes in Delaware that he won't allow anyone to see. That is real OBSTRUCTION! They seek retribution for Republicans looking into Biden's CRIMES! I HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG. ELECTION INTERFERENCE!"
Trump whined on his absurdly named “Truth Social” about a “Marxist Special Prosecutor, DOJ & FBI” wanting to indict him on the “BOXES HOAX”, and that the FBI spied on his campaign, repeating another old debunked claim.
True to the old Nazi playbook, he played all the usual cards, including the “commie card”, the “victim card”, and the wildly false “accusation card”. This is just his latest in a long string of lies that also adhere to the Nazi line he projected on July 3, 2021, “If you say it enough and keep saying it, just keep saying it, they’ll start to believe you.”
Right, except when you say it to federal law enforcement.
His crazed wild-eyed tirade about “Biden Crimes” going unpunished is also pure projection, of course. He couldn’t cite any crime that he hadn’t already committed. So he piled on more projection about ”OBSTRUCTION”, “retribution” and lastly, “ELECTION INTERFERENCE!”
Hmm. I dare say the Tangerine Tyrant is “going through some things”.
And no matter what he says, Biden isn’t going through those things. Trump will howl about Biden and Pence being as guilty as he is, but there’s a wee difference in their cases concerning government documents.
They complied with the law and returned them without being asked. Trump refused to return them after being asked. He proceeded to obstruct efforts to have them returned by having them moved just before the FBI came to get them. He was reported to have waved secret war plans on Iran at his country club. That’s a big no-no.
Trump remains the “only one” to have done this, despite his desperate lie, “I HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG”.
Now he’s about to face real felony charges.
Here’s a partial list of the crimes Trump committed that Biden and Pence did NOT commit:
18 U.S. Code § 2071 - Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally
Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.
18 USC 793 — Gathering, transmitting or losing defence information
Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
18 U.S. Code § 1519 - Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy
Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.
18 U.S. Code § 1924 Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material... shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than five years, or both.
18 U.S. Code § 1001 - Statements or entries generally
(a)Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.
So here we are, on the 79th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. Within a year, Hitler would be dead, and his Third Reich destroyed.
But tragically, fascism, racism, and Nazis would survive. We are now in a strikingly similar time of criminal authoritarian leaders, with the rising racism and white nationalism that infected 1930’s Germany.
We survived Trump’s Putsch of January sixth, but his threat remains.
The lesson we must learn should be clear by now. The struggle against fascism never ends. It is time for democracy’s 21st Century D-Day, as the Orange Fuhrer glowers in a seething rage from his bunker.