We know how hard it is; how hard it is to watch time and time again as Donald J. Trump escapes justice and accountability, no matter what he’s done, no matter how heinous the act, no matter how much we the American people suffer from his actions. It’s hard and it’s so discouraging to watch him get away with it all, even though not one, but two impeachments and so many lawsuits they’re impossible to count now. It’s enough to wear even the strongest of people down and force you to wonder if the American justice system is really all that just at all.
But folks, don’t lose hope just yet.
ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams recently spoke up on the goings-on of the investigations into the ex-president and he believes, in his expert opinion, that this time is finally different. He believes that this will finally be the time in which Donald Trump can no longer escape accountability for the things he has done.
During an appearance on The View, the founder of Law & Crime and Mediaite told the co-hosts, “All signs point to a likely indictment.”
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“Why do I say that? First, you’ve got the fight over former President Trump’s tax returns. Then you’ve got the hiring of a very high-profile prosecutor, who is brought in to basically oversee this case. He leaves a very cushy job in private practice, to come in and work in the DA’s office just on this case, this is his expertise, and now you’ve got this special grand jury, that’s been empaneled typically you don’t get a special grand jury, like this, unless they believe they have evidence of a crime. So, all the evidence all the signals are towards a likely indictment of someone, if not more than one person,” Abrams explained.
Co-host Joy Behar said what we’re all thinking when she expressed concern over the fact that Trump has thus far “gotten away with” countless transgressions and somehow always manages to escape any real accountability.
“Indulge me in my skepticism,” Behar said, “but Trump has gotten away with impeachment, he’s gotten away with inciting a riot at the Capitol. He got away in the Mueller investigation, you know, what makes you think they’re gonna get him this time? There’s something about this guy that he slips through because he has, he has enablers everywhere.”
Abrams, who’s been respectfully referred to as a “go-to analyst on legal affairs” explained why it’s far less likely that Trump will be able to weasel his way out of trouble this time.
“This is different,” he explained. “In each one of those cases, there was a lane, right? When you talk about impeachment, you talk about specific rules that relate to impeachment of a president and what is the standard, when should someone be impeached? With Mueller, he was in a very specific lane on the Russia investigation, etc. Told you can’t veer beyond that, this Manhattan DA, in particular, can investigate whatever potential crime comes across his desk, and here, we’re not talking about Donald Trump as president, with the protections that the President has, we’re talking about what Donald Trump as private citizen did with regard to real estate deals and possible bank fraud, etc. So in this sense, he’s being treated just like everybody else, which makes this a very different kind of investigation than every other one you mentioned.”
He goes on to note that this particular investigation is regarding “his conduct before he was President.”
I will just tell you that, that all the signals, and you’re right, you never know because look, they may say, ‘we’re going to create a higher standard because he’s the former president,’ and, ‘we’re gonna have to be even more convinced because he’s the former president,’ that’s possible that the DA does that, but if you just view it as a private citizen if this were any other case, anyone else, would be telling you all signals are towards indictment.”
You can watch the clip of Abrams here.
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