To Renew Itself Our Democracy Needs A Trump Indictment!

By Donald A. Collins | 23 July 2022
Church and State

Nearly 60 percent of Americans believe Trump should be criminally charged, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

As the eighth 7/21/22 House January 6th Committee hearing ended for the Summer, the feelings of horror and disgust among those in the hearing room—and hopefully around the US—should have been palpable!

Were they? Will these hearings affect the November elections? The midterms will tell us.

Many people I have spoken to since the 7/21 hearing said they didn’t watch. Polls tell us that so far the hearings have made less impact (40% changed minds) compared to the events of 9/11 (66%), the COVID Pandemic (62%), and the mass shootings (52%). Likely far too little understanding of the implications of Trump’s impact exists among many of us.

Read here.

The enormity of what happened has not been equaled since the Civil War in terms of its potential for destroying our democracy.

All citizens who care about continuing our democracy should read the straightforward 7/22/22 reporting of the full 6 weeks of the House January 6th Committee’s hearings by the Wall Street Journal here.

This article is a complete resume of the 8 sessions and lays out the case fairly and succinctly.

Impeccable evidence of widespread Trump and his GOP guilt is now established. Many indisputable facts have been widely disseminated.

Yet, unbelievably, Trump, the mastermind of what happened, will likely soon announce that he will run again for President in 2024.

There is now simply no room for much more delay in indicting Trump by the Justice Department.

You may not have confidence in Biden, but he is clearly not a Hitler in the making.

Perhaps you read my 7/21/22 Op Ed on Tim Miller’s book, “Why We Did It: A Travelogue from The Republican Road To Hell”. At the book’s end on pages 233 to 246 in exhaustive detail, Miller reports his interview with his longtime friend Caroline Wren, a professional political consultant staffer who worked in the Trump world and was at the Ellipse but did not go to the Capitol but watched horrified on TV at the nearby Willard Hotel.

Even after the coup attempt, Miller’s questions to her and her answers are why Trump has a core of people who can’t be swayed against him.

Miller finally asks her, “Whose fault is it then?” People died because of Trump’s lies, but Caroline forgives and still loves Trump and would work for him again regardless of his actions, which ends Miller long friendship with Wren!

Earlier in the book starting on page 189, Miller describes another Trump believer named Allyssa Farah who does finally come to her senses.

There are a lot of Carolines out there still ready to buy Trump’s lies forever trapped in their fantasy bubbles, but worse many GOP elected people like Senator Hawley who urged the January 6th mob on with his fist pump, then fled like a scared rabbit when his life was in danger, will continue to be a Trumper.

Many of Trump’s disgusting ilk are still in office. They will want to have Trump’s backing and may continue to not voice their adverse opinions.

The GOP people at any level involved with Trump’s criminal behavior need to be pursued and charged, so, in fingering Trump, as occurred with mafioso boss John Gotti, who went to jail for life in 1992, justice for Trump can finally be obtained.

Even the Hearings so-called cooperative witnesses like Pat Cipollone should face further legal troubles for failure to alert authorities if he knew the manic Trump was planning his Capitol coup which he had been mobilizing for months.

When did people like Mark Meadows know of Trump’s coup plans? Steve Brannon (convicted on 7/22/22 of criminal contempt) and Giuliani hinted at the Trump coup plan. Anyone at that Willard Hotel cabal meeting just prior to the attempted coup needs to be carefully investigated. There will be I suspect much more criminality disclosed at additional House January 6th hearings in September.

The chain of underling crimes is long and needs to be pursued legally until Trump is convicted.

As I have said before, even Trump’s conviction will not undo what he and his utterly corrupt GOP helpers have accomplished and what they may continue to attempt now and in the future with our voting rights.

Trump’s legacy of packing our Supreme Court with dangerous ideologues already has pushed back our personal freedoms and will continue to do so for decades.

As House January 6th Committee’s Vice Chair, Republican Congresswoman Liz Chaney noted, even after Trump is gone, the lies will continue. People such as Florida Governor DeSantis are now coming forth with Trump-like snake oil.

I admire Republicans Liz Chaney and Adam Kinzinger, even as I disagree with many of their political beliefs. But to me they are honorable people who believe in our Constitution. But rallying the disgraced GOP to its former level of respectability looks virtually impossible as McCarthy, Cruz, Hawley, Jordan and McConnell are still in control.

We are reminded now of Senator McCarthy communist probes, whose legitimacy was so false and intrusive of human rights. Finally on June 9, 1954, McCarthy charged that,

one of Joseph Welch’s attorneys had ties to a Communist organization. As an amazed television audience looked on, Welch responded with the immortal lines that ultimately ended McCarthy’s career: “Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.” When McCarthy tried to continue his attack, Welch angrily interrupted, “Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?”

Overnight, McCarthy’s immense national popularity evaporated. Censured by his Senate colleagues, ostracized by his party, and ignored by the press, McCarthy died three years later, 48 years old and a broken man.

Read the full saga here.

McCarthy’s legal counsel for these hearings was Roy Cohn, later Trump’s main legal fixer, who was disbarred in NY and died of HIV/AIDS at 59 in 1983.

What will it take to bring Trump down?

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote” and “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”.

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