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Guardian Publishes Call To Indict and Convict Trump

Aug. 9, 2022 (EIRNS)—London’s Guardian daily published an opinion piece on Aug. 4, penned by Americans Laurence Tribe and Dennis Aftergut, bluntly entitled: “Time Is Running Out. The Department of Justice Must Indict and Convict Trump.” Tribe is a professor emeritus at Harvard, advised Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and called for the impeachment of Trump after he dismissed FBI Director James Comey. Aftergut is a former federal prosecutor, now working with “Lawyers Defending American Democracy.”

The duo openly demand that the Justice Department “indict and convict Trump” quickly, because he will run in 2024 “and could win.... Time is of the essence ... the goal must be to secure a conviction before November 2024 ... or no later than 20 January 2025.”

Their main assertion is that Trump and his officials deleted texts that would have shown their conspiracy for the coup d’état, and that it is now time to move for indictments and convictions before it’s too late and Trump is re-elected. Tribe and Aftergut call the deletion of these texts a criminal conspiracy, “to destroy evidence of the grave federal crimes already under investigation.”

One must assume that the evidence for these crimes asserted by Tribe and Aftergut come from the made-for-TV Congressional January 6 kangaroo court, which they acknowledge is subject to “debates both within and outside the Justice Department about when enough proof has been gathered to indict responsibly—and when it would be a dereliction of duty to delay further.”

However, they lament that their preferred tempo—Trump indicted and convicted by year’s end—would run up against due process, because “some district court judges more than others will balance protections for the accused with accountability’s pragmatic need for speed.” Furthermore, even if Trump were indicted, the Justice Department “cannot count on a favorable judge putting it on a jet stream to an actual trial.”

Their proposal?

“With all stops pulled, prosecutors still have time to do what is needed before year end.

“Thankfully, it doesn’t imply the impossible. The Department of Justice could pull an experienced prosecutor or two from every U.S. attorney’s office and put them together on the case.”

This “opinion” by Tribe and Aftergut must be considered in light of the egregious actions by the Department of Justice in raiding Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, which has triggered condemnation among Republican lawmakers, some of whom have vowed to investigate the Justice Department if the GOP takes hold of the committees after the midterm elections.

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