Trump The Pardon King!!

By Donald A. Collins | 22 September 2023
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CNN published on 9/14 an article entitled “Biden’s two worst weaknesses were exposed this week” which began:

Two major threats to President Joe Biden’s reelection – his son Hunter’s legal problems and the widely held perception the 80-year-old is too old for reelection – are both causing him major pain this week.

Hunter Biden was indicted on federal gun charges in Delaware on Thursday, accused of lying about his past drug abuse and violating a gun law when he bought a handgun in 2018, before his father’s presidential campaign. The weapon was later abandoned behind a grocery store by Hallie Biden, the wife of Hunter’s late brother, Beau. Hallie and Hunter were having an affair at the time.

Most of the comments on CNN and in the media elsewhere characterized the Hunter Biden as a political matter, as was the threatened indictment of President Biden by the US House led by Kevin McCarthy.

As we move closer to the nomination process for the November 2024 election, it is worth recalling that Trump with the help of his key allies changed the process forever.

Politics in our remarkable democracy have never been without controversy but this version is unique.

Far from the unproven faults mentioned above we know Trump is very adept at pardoning.

You can read Trump’s record here and here.

As well reported as the following information has been, it is worth reminding American citizens, even those MAGA faithful, of who were Donald J. Trump’s “educators”. These men had and still have talents for deception and criminality that their biological histories disclose. Their traits influenced and enhanced Trump’s political progress, which culminated in his primary offence, trying to execute a coup which would keep him as President for another term after Biden had been honestly elected with unquestioned certainty in 2020.

I will only summarize the reports prepared by Wikipedia so you can catch the continuity of his associations with convicted felons whose influence on his Presidency was consequential as Trump with help from their efforts delivered the GOP into his control.

The “educator” list is headed by Roy Cohn, an early instructor to Trump in his NYC real estate days. As Wikipedia reports, “In 1986, he was disbarred by the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court for unethical conduct after attempting to defraud a dying client by forcing the client to sign a will amendment leaving him his fortune. He died five weeks later from AIDS-related complications, having vehemently denied that he had HIV.”

He reportedly said he was abandoned by Trump when he was no longer of use. Sound familiar?

His short bio you can read here.

Another long-time Trump colleague is Roger Stone, whose assistance to Trump was rewarded with a Presidential pardon following his conviction. Briefly, “On January 25, 2019, Stone was arrested at his Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home in connection with Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation and charged in an indictment with witness tampering, obstructing an official proceeding, and five counts of making false statements. In November 2019, a jury convicted him on all seven felony counts. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison. On July 10, 2020, days before Stone was scheduled to report to prison, Trump commuted his sentence. On August 17, 2020, he dropped the appeal of his convictions. Trump pardoned Stone on December 23, 2020”.

Read can read further details here.

A former Stone business partner, Paul John Manafort, Jr., a Republican political consultant, who has been convicted of many crimes. In a final conviction,

The Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee concluded in August 2020 that Manafort’s ties to individuals connected to Russian intelligence while he was Trump’s campaign manager “represented a grave counterintelligence threat” by creating opportunities for Russian intelligence services to exert influence over, and acquire confidential information on, the Trump campaign.

On May 13, 2020, Manafort was released to home confinement due to the threat of COVID-19. On December 23, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump pardoned Manafort.

Nothing like having a friend in high places!!

You can read more about earlier convictions here.

Another Trump insider, Steve Bannon, used his political savvy to help salvage Trump after his comments about women just prior to the 2016 election with the focus on Hillary Clinton’s private emails.

You can read Trump’s evaluation of women here.

We get news of more pardons from Trump! “In August 2020, Bannon and three others were arrested on federal charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering in connection with the We Build the Wall fundraising campaign. According to the grand jury indictment, Bannon and the defendants promised that all contributions would go to building a U.S.–Mexico border wall, but instead enriched themselves. Bannon pleaded not guilty. On January 20, 2021, on his last day in office, Trump pardoned Bannon, sparing him from a federal trial.”

Bannon didn’t stay out of trouble long:

Bannon was held in contempt of Congress in October 2021 after he refused to comply with a subpoena issued by the Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2021 United States Capitol attack. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on two criminal charges of contempt of Congress. In July 2022, he was convicted on both counts in a jury trial. He was sentenced on October 21, 2022, to four months in prison and a $6,500 fine. He is appealing his conviction and sentence, and his sentence was put on hold pending the appeal.

Of course, Trump managed to collect others associates as Rudi Guiliani who joined him in his multiple indictments, but if he is elected to a second term in 2024, Trump has vowed to consider pardoning most of those who participated in the January 6th coup attempt at the US Capitol.

Read here his statements on pardons for the January 6th rioters.

One person who may need a pardon in the days ahead is Mark Meadows, Trump’s faithful Chief of Staff who must face trial in Georgia after his plea to have the trial moved failed.

Somehow, in a lengthy interrogation of Attorney General Merrick Garland on September 20th by of the US House Judiciary Committee to attempt to link President Biden with his sad son’s iniquities so they can impeach Biden has diverted them and their GOP House colleagues from considering the coming budget crisis which will result in our government’s inability to pay its bills on September 30!

By the way, Trump wants a government shutdown, so his indictments don’t get funded.

He said on 9/21/23: “Republicans in Congress can and must defund all aspects of Crooked Joe Biden’s weaponized Government,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social media site late on Wednesday, calling it “the last chance to defund these political prosecutions against me and other Patriots.”

Read here.

Will we pardon the GOP in 2024 for not governing after being elected to govern, but giving us instead a political circus?

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?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us” and “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”.

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