Will Justice Finally Prevail For Trump And His Allies?

By Donald A. Collins | 27 December 2022
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For several years, I have been predicting that the errant behavior of Donald J. Trump would come home to haunt his seemingly unstoppable political odyssey.

Two impeachments and two no Senate indictments did not lead to his exit, but the House Committee on January 6th concluded its deliberations and issued their report on December 23rd. What a Christmas present for American democracy!

None of Trump’s motivated election fraud deniers won in the midterm elections, which forecast Trump’s plummeting fortunes and the statements from the bi-partisan members of the House Committee were unequivocal in their accusations that Trump was the mastermind of the planning and execution of January 6th insurrection.

Many heads will fall from John Goldman, Rudy Giuliani and “others” as their report predicted, but no future forecast that I read seemed as specific as the one just published as the Christmas Day prediction of Congressman Jamie Raskind by Newsweek.

Here is part of what Congressman Raskin, also a House January 6th committee member, said in a Christmas day Newsweek article:

Former President Donald Trump will likely be indicted and spend the rest of his life “behind bars,” Representative Jamie Raskin said Saturday.

Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, served on the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. The panel spent months probing Trump’s role in the insurrection, which saw a mob of Trump supporters, allegedly motivated by his unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud, violently protest in a failed attempt to force Congress to block the certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.

Recently, in an interview on WETA’s Judy Woodruff Friday program with David Brooks, he thought Trump might get re-nominated by the GOP, but in his recent column, this moderate conservative NY Times Op Ed writer was clear in expressing admiration for the job Biden has done as President.

In his 12.22.22 article entitled “Biden’s America Finds Its Voice”, Brooks wrote,

Finding the balance between passionate ideals and mundane practicalities has been a persistent American problem. The movie “Lincoln” with Daniel Day-Lewis was about that. Lincoln is zigging and zagging through the swamps of reality, trying to keep his eye on true north, while some tell him he’s going too fast, and others scream he’s going too slow.

Joe Biden has struck this balance as well as any president in recent times, perhaps having learned a costly lesson from the heartless way America exited from Afghanistan. He has swung the Western alliance fervently behind Ukraine. But he has done it with prudence and calibration. Ukraine will get this weapons system, but not that one. It can dream of total victory, but it also has to think seriously about negotiations. Biden has shown that America can responsibly lead. He has shown you can have moral clarity without being blinded by it.

Both Zelensky and Biden have been underestimated. Zelensky had been a comedian and so people thought he was a lightweight. He dresses like a regular guy and eschews the trappings of power that obsess people like Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

Read Brooks whole column here.

As we move toward 2024, the devastatingly dangerous experience of suffering this historically unique crime of insurrection surely will not leave any GOP candidate free of some damaging Trump connection. The Democrats may well be begging Biden to run again.

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”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?” and “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”.

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