There’s been a lot of indictment talk these days from both sides of the aisle. The GOP is hoping Hunter Biden will be charged with tax crimes and making a false statement related to a gun purchase. Democrats are hoping the DOJ will file charges against Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection and for his refusal to hand over all the classified material he possessed at Mar-a-Lago. Straight Arrow News contributor Ben Weingarten predicts Hunter Biden will get off scot-free and Trump will be indicted before the 2024 primary race begins.
The final bomb dropping is Trump’s indictment. After the Mar-a-Lago raid, I put the odds of that at 100%, though as I said then, the timing is unclear. The appointment of a special counsel to keep pursuing him indicates an intensification of that effort. The left demands they lock him up.
Merrick Garland has shown himself to be nothing if not responsive to the left’s demands while claiming again and again he follows the facts and the law and is totally apolitical and independent. Remember, when there were demands for charges of insurrection with respect to January 6, he ultimately charged people a year after the Capitol breach for “seditious conspiracy.”
There’s an advantage to Democrats for hanging indictment over Trump and the GOP’s head going into 2024 because it creates uncertainty. But I think it’s reasonable to assume DOJ might indict prior to the 2024 primary season so that again it can claim some semblance of being non-political – it’s only interfering in the race before the first primary votes are cast, you see. And if Hunter is indicted, all the better for that disingenuous case.
Trump’s indictment will raise calls for him to drop out, which some think the Dems don’t want. I’m not sure. Trump and his base will likely dig in its heels to an even greater extent post-indictment. The Republican Party will be heavily divided – politicians and power brokers all-in on purging Trump, rank-and-file Republicans divided.
I think the demand may prove too great for DOJ to do the thing that might ultimately create even more chaos – to the Democrats’ benefit – in leaving the prosecution lingering over the 2024 election season.
If a fraction of what I’ve described happens, it will reinforce the double standard in justice that we have seen, show the GOP establishment doesn’t know what time it is and raises no credible deterrent to Democrats’ efforts to destroy their political opponents, and all of it will create even more chaos and acrimony going into 2024.
So with that, happy new year, and I hope I’m wrong!