Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) took to Twitter to make a major announcement. She wrote that “New York put your MAGA hats on. Under our constitutional rights, we WILL support President Trump and protest the tyrants. I’ll see you on Tuesday.”
New York put your MAGA hats on.
Under our constitutional rights, we WILL support President Trump and protest the tyrants.
I’ll see you on Tuesday.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) March 31, 2023
The Georgian Republican seems to hint that she will be attending a protest in New York on Tuesday, which is the date in which Trump will turn himself in for arraignment. The criminal indictment of a former president of the United States has no precedent in American history.
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), former two-time Speaker of the House and staunch enemy of Trump, celebrated the indictment. She tweeted that “The Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law. No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence. Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right.” Twitter users rightfully pointed out that “Ms. Pelosi mistakenly says that Trump can prove his innocence at trial. Law in the US assumes the innocence of a defendant and the prosecution must prove guilt for a conviction.”
While it is certainly true that no one should be above the law. No one should be below the law either. No one should be politically targeted with an indictment based on a shaky legal theory and weak factual basis. It appears if reports that the indictment is based on Trump using his hush hush money to Stormy Daniels as an election contribution is true that this is the case. Legal scholars from the right and from the left have lambasted that case.
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Alan Dershowitz blasted it as “the thinnest case- the most stretched case I’ve ever seen [in his sixty years of experience with the legal system]” and called this “banana republic time.” Jonathan Turley seconded Mr. Dershowitz’s sentiments by writing that “[w]hat is clear is that whatever comes out of that gate next week, it will not just be Trump who will face the judgment of history.”
Proceeding solely on the bootstrap theory would be a singularly ignoble moment for the Manhattan District Attorney. What is clear is that whatever comes out of that gate next week, it will not just be Trump who will face the judgment of history. https://t.co/eE4O2x6wEL
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) March 31, 2023
Robert Barnes summarized the major issues with the case by noting that “1/ Trump committed no crime; 2/ Statute of Limitations expired; 3/ Due Process violated by vague laws & politically motivated selective prosecution; 4/ Trump is factually innocent; State’s witness is a self-confessed liar & fraudster.”
The 4 key problems to the #TrumpIndictment
1/ Trump committed no crime;
2/ Statute of Limitations expired;
3/ Due Process violated by vague laws & politically motivated selective prosecution;
4/ Trump is factually innocent; State's witness is a self-confessed liar & fraudster.
— Robert Barnes (@barnes_law) March 30, 2023
The editorial board of the Washington Post called it “a poor test case for prosecuting a former president” and “the least compelling” case against Trump. As noted by a previous article in the DC Enquirer that “[w]hat is true now is not just that Donald Trump is set for trial here but that the American justice system in general and the New York justice system, in particular, will be on trial with him.”
The legal scholar Eugene Kontorovich noted that the consequence of this indictment of Trump would be that “Barak Obama is going to go down in history as the last US President not to be indicted after leaving office.”
Given that what Trump is allegedly accused of happened many years ago and was prior to his presidency, such a statement may not pan out to be correct either. The floodgates have been opened. It is not going to be easy to close them again. Such is the nature of lawfare.
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