Like the downfall of mafia bosses, the process with Trump seems ponderously slow.
But so far in the US, some form of deserved justice usually gets served.
In the 1930’s, Al Capone the infamous “Scarface” in Chicago got indicted for tax evasion at 33 and imprisoned where he died of a venereal disease at 48. Justice was done.
Read here his history.
Remember John Gotti the dapper mafioso who got a life sentence in prison in 1992 after a well-deserved and documented NYC life of crime dying at 61. Justice was done.
Read here about the new book “The Gotti Wars”.
As Wikipedia notes, some felt the Gotti conviction may have ended the reign of big-time mafia operations.
As in these cases, little guys and gals who testified often led up to the higher ups that finally brought these top criminals down thus often avoiding stiffer penalties for those who came forward with helpful testimony.
This likely will be the route of justice evolving for our ex-President.
Certainly, Cassidy Hutchinson is the perfect example. And we are already at the top of the list of the higher ups!
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) says Trump WH Counsel Pat Cipollone “corroborated almost everything” from prior 1/6 committee hearings:
“I certainly didn’t hear him contradict Cassidy Hutchinson and … he had the opportunity to say whatever he wanted to say.” pic.twitter.com/YiP268tMU4
— The Recount (@therecount) July 12, 2022
Mark Twain opined that “History never repeats itself, but it often does rhyme”.
We now heard a lot of powerful testimony about the events before, during and after January 6th testimony but the key witness, Cassidy Hutchinson’s exposures about who was with Trump during his long period of inaction during the January 6th Capitol insurrection will surely get others to support what she recalled.
Now on July 12th the 7th hearing of the January 6th House committee finally came former counsel to the President, Pat Cipollone, who not only confirmed Hutchinson’s testimony, but tells more details of that Unhinged 6-hour confrontation with Rudy Giuliani and his colleagues in the West Wing and Trump’s residence at the White House. He again confirms the President was being told multiple times by his key advisors that the election was lost, yet the President after the Unhinged meeting still decided to go on with his big lie using Giuliani and his crowd who never produced any evidence of a big lie!
Then Mark Meadows, who may ultimately claim innocence but may confirm his inaction with Trump during the insurrection to stay out of jail. However, he continued to back Trump’s big lie even knowing otherwise.
I bet others, unknowns like Hutchinson, may want to add helpful facts that, for example could tie in the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, many of whom may squeal about Trump’s encouragement to help with his planned coup. Those sources should give Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Justice Department further grounds for a Trump indictment.
This NY Times article tells of the primary investigator at the Justice Department. The NY Times says “Thomas Windom, a little-known federal prosecutor, is overseeing key elements of the Justice Department’s intensifying investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.”
The Justice Department's investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election and keep Donald Trump in power is intensifying, and Thomas Windom is the federal prosecutor overseeing key elements of it. https://t.co/EZVoV5Najh
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 28, 2022
The news coverage is so complete on the House Hearings that that I simply suggest you read this NY Times July 13th summary of events here.
1. Trump is a mobster.
2. Pat Cipollone screwed everyone who planned to lie by telling the unvarnished truth–especually about voting machines.
3. Sidney Powell is a maniac.
4.Many people/police were permanently harmed.
Takeaways from J6C Day 7. https://t.co/y5bFVcHlwb
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) July 13, 2022
The next and perhaps final Committee meeting is set for Thursday July 21st at 7 PM which Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger says will offer a “minute by minute” report on what Trump was doing during the 187 minutes he failed to take action to call off the January 6th insurrection. Hopefully the information developed by the Committee will help trigger Justice Department indictments of Trump and many others.
Details about that meeting here.
Sadly, even Trump’s conviction won’t erase the immense damage his Presidency and his continuing behavior since has cost our democracy. He brought the GOP to utter disgrace as over 100 House members kowtowed to Trump and seem still in his grip even though most knew his claims of the “Big Steal” were false.
Worse was his destruction of the integrity of our Supreme Court by appointing religious Catholic zealots whose killing of Roe at a time of our already deep political divisions, diverted urgent attention to the climate and environmental crises now coming perhaps in the next DECADE!
Could he Putin invasion of Ukraine lead into more dangerous escalation at a time when our democracy is upset by citizens who are more worried about inflation and gasoline prices than keeping our democracy?
Read my new book “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?” for a reprise on the case for solving unsustainable growth of human numbers as the root cause of making Earth uninhabitable for most of us Homo sapiens.
"Can Homo Sapiens Survive?" by Donald Collins. https://t.co/LyvdQPWPn8
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) July 9, 2022
If electing in the coming midterms the GOP crowd of already elected Trump wimps to take over Congress, our democracy’s recovery suffers a perhaps fatal delay in recovery.
In short, even if justice can be rendered on Trump and his cabal of felons, as was sadly true in the cases on Hitler and Mussolini, that will not bring justice to the many of us who suffered and will continue to suffer from their crimes.
“What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”: https://t.co/fHuh0CG6JD
“We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”: https://t.co/TA4j7cp1tE
“From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”: https://t.co/lkC2t3E1A9 pic.twitter.com/bQsL2mLBcO
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) November 1, 2021
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