The gloves are off. The indictment of former President Trump has opened a can of worms for the Democrats. Trump, 76, is the first former president to face criminal charges as he seeks a 2024 rematch against Biden. The sealed indictment reportedly stems from a novel document-falsification theory pushed by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg in actions taken in 2016 and previously laid to rest.
Surely Bragg did not think that Republicans would take this lying down. In fact, a maelstrom is about to rage.
Thursday’s indictment of former President Trump has set a precedent enabling Republican prosecutors to seek criminal charges against President Biden, conservative legal experts told The Washington Post Friday.
“All bets are off. You can expect grand jury indictments of leftist politicians like Biden, [former House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer as surely as night follows day,” said Tom Fitton, president of the conservative legal group Judicial Watch.
“You can be sure that there are prosecutors across Florida and Texas right now who are looking for a state law hook into the Biden family,” he added. “And if they’re not, they’re not doing their jobs.”
“Republicans need to learn how to take off the gloves and put on the brass knuckles and break glass jaws — politically and legally, not physically,” Mike Davis, a former chief counsel for nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee and president of the Article III Project, told The Post.
“If New York can turn a routine settlement of a business dispute seven years ago into a felony, I think our Republican AGs and DAs should get creative,” added Davis, who briefly worked as a federal prosecutor before clerking for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. “Two wrongs don’t make it right, but it makes it even.
“You just need probable cause. A grand jury can indict a ham sandwich. We just saw that in New York. And the Bidens actually committed real crimes. These are real crimes that the Bidens committed. There is smoking gun evidence that the Bidens were corruptly and illegally on Chinese and Ukrainian oligarchs’ payrolls.”
Trump ally Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., said he believes the legal system has a “double standard” against Republicans such as Trump, who in 2017 gave his first pardon to the controversial lawman in a criminal contempt case. “The criminal justice system is not always fair, believe me, and this is an example,” Arpaio said.
“This sets a little precedent,” said the ex-sheriff of America’s fourth-most-populous county. “Now the word is out that you can go and indict an ex-president and a current president and they opened another door. But now everybody’s going to flex their muscles and use this case. So now we’re gonna threaten all presidents or ex presidents.”
Arpaio predicted that prosecutors wouldn’t actually bring a case against any president or ex-president “unless his name is Donald Trump,” but said the he could imagine finding enough evidence to charge Biden or even former President Barack Obama, whose Hawaii birth certificate Arpaio notoriously claimed was a “computer-generated forgery.”
Information about the business dealings internationally of Hunter Biden and his father Joe have been mounting up for some time. An October 2017 email from first son Hunter Biden’s laptop identifies Joe Biden as a participant in a call about Chinese energy company CEFC’s attempt to purchase US natural gas in an effort that appears to have had corporate links to both Louisiana and Texas.
The Washington Post continued that Biden, 80, is preparing to launch a re-election campaign as early as next month and, like Trump, faces a federal special counsel investigation of his apparent mishandling of classified records at his Delaware home and post-vice presidency DC office amid GOP congressional investigations of his role in his son Hunter and brother James Biden’s international business dealings.
Hunter Biden reportedly is under criminal investigation by the US attorney’s office in Delaware for possible tax fraud, illegal foreign lobbying, money laundering and lying about his drug use on a gun-purchase form. Hunter wrote in documents retrieved from his abandoned laptop that he paid as much as “half” of his income to his father, whom he often involved in his business relationships during and after his vice presidency.
“You’re looking at the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, bribery, tax evasion, gun charges, conspiracy, obstruction, espionage with using stolen classified records from the Obama White House for his Ukrainian and Chinese deals,” Davis said of potential charges against Joe Biden.
The entire scenario is prompting comments about a new era in the U.S. legal system.
“Obama is going to go down in history as the last US President not to be indicted after leaving office,” tweeted George Mason University law professor Eugene Kontorovich.
“We need to do the same thing to the Democrats on politicized and weaponized bogus charges against Trump and Republicans. We need to give Democrats a healthy dose of their own medicine so they stop doing this.”
The White House declined to comment.