Those who deny the 2020 election are being caught in a net of justice, and Trump may soon find himself in it. The cost of stealing votes, defaming defenseless election workers, and invading the US Capitol to thwart a democratic transfer of power turns out to be very high. As a result, Donald Trump is becoming more and more accountable.
America’s judicial system is intensifying its efforts to punish the ex-president, his supporters and acolytes who tried to subvert the 2020 election, becoming the primary vehicle to bolster democracy in the country.
Following the January 6, 2021, mob attack on Congress, two members of the far-right Proud Boys group received long sentences despite their pleas for mercy from a judge.
As Judge Timothy Kelly told one of the defendants, “the constitutional moment we were in that day is something that deserves a significant sentence.” He captured the response of the criminal justice system to the unprecedented attack on American democracy.
A defamation lawsuit filed by two Georgia election workers that he and Trump had targeted in one of the most lopsided and pernicious acts of any commander in chief in modern memory was lost this week by Rudy Giuliani, a former Trump lawyer. In a damages trial, the lawyers for the election workers promised to pursue accountability “to the end of the Earth.”
In Georgia, Trump and 18 others – including Giuliani – entered a not guilty plea in a racketeering case charged with overturning President Joe Biden’s victory in the swing state. Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, will hear whether his bid to get the case moved to federal court succeeds, after enduring a tough cross-examination Monday.
Additionally, a judge cleared the way for the case to be televised in the future, increasing its chances of becoming a national moment of accountability.
Also on Thursday, a judge cleared the way for future hearings and trials in the case to be televised, increasing the possibility of a national moment of shared accountability.
There is going to be a legal and political storm
There is a storm brewing on the legal and political fronts
Currently, Trump faces criminal proceedings in four cases, two of which have to do with 2020 election interference. A hush money payment he made to an adult film star and mishandling of classified documents are the other allegations. Juries may ultimately acquit him even if lower-level defendants lose their legal battles.
Even so, the increasing number of convictions and indictments against Trump and his allies represent a democratic response to defending itself. Trump claims such cases are examples of a “witch hunt,” but the judicial process is dragging on slowly. As a result of the lengthy process for bringing cases, though, the justice system has been thrust into the middle of the next presidential campaign, fueling claims that Trump rather than American voters is the real victim of election interference. Tanya Chutkan, a federal judge in Washington, DC, for example, week set a trial date of March 4 in Trump’s federal election subversion case – a day before the critical Super Tuesday primaries.
It was always going to be extremely polarizing to hold a former president responsible for alleged crimes committed in office. It’s Trump’s habit to attack any organization that attempts to check his power or counter his alternative view of reality – such as the media, political institutions, and the FBI – that almost always tarnishes those bodies, particularly in the eyes of his supporters.
Trump may face jail time if convicted, making the judicial system’s efforts politically radioactive. Also, the possibility of the Republican Party nominating a convicted felon for president is growing. During the last election, millions of Americans were convinced that the former president did nothing wrong. The conviction of him would only strengthen his argument that American justice is corrupt.
One reason why criminalizing an ex-president and front-running Republican candidate during election season has grave potential consequences is due to these grave consequences. Different legal experts disagree on whether each case was correctly charged or whether the time it took to bring the cases to court was justified. It is also crucial for the future of democracy that Trump and his acolytes are held accountable for the alleged crimes they committed after the election of 2020. With his constant attacks on judges, prosecutors, and opponents, the former president is demonstrating his ongoing threat to the institutions of the US political system.
Despite the recent drama surrounding Trump’s arrest and the furor over his mugshot, the fundamentals of the allegations against him and his associates have been obscured. But at their core, election cases boil down to this: An attempt by a president and those loyal to him to reclaim an election that they lost. Election workers were maligned in this effort, which represents the foundation for government of the people by the people, with Trump supporters resorting to violence after he failed to prevail using legal, constitutional and political means to overturn the election.
Justice Department achieves new success
Justice Department has brought hundreds of cases against those who were involved in the attack on the Capitol, including two members of the Proud Boys convicted of seditious conspiracy. Additionally, it warns supporters of future presidential candidates – including in 2024 – that there are consequences for threatening peace.
The longest sentence ever imposed on anyone who participated in the sacking of the Capitol was given to Joe Biggs, who received 17 years in prison, while former Marine Zachary Rehl received 15 years. Following the last election, Trump falsely claimed that he won, which precipitated moments of political madness, both men apologized for how they had been caught up in it.
The tearful Biggs had pleaded with the judge for some leniency. He said, “I know that I have to be punished, and I understand that.
Despite the fact that he disagreed with the prosecution’s initial request for a 33-year sentence, he appeared acutely aware of the stakes of the trial.
‘People around the world would give anything to have the rights our Constitution and laws give you,’ Kelly told Biggs. ‘Americans fought and died for these rights.’
A public attack on two Georgia election workers by Trump and Giuliani is an illustration of Trump’s effort to stay in power after 2020.
During the last Democratic-controlled Congress, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss both gave moving testimony to the House select committee investigating January 6, about how the ex-president’s claims that Freeman was a “vote scammer” and a “hustler” had destroyed their reputations and lives. Due to Trump’s use of his enormous public platform against two innocent individuals, it raises concern that election workers, who are crucial to the choice of our own leaders, will be intimidated from running for office in the future. A relatively new Election Threats Task Force has recently secured guilty pleas in two unrelated cases involving threats against election workers in Arizona and Georgia.
As a result of Giuliani’s failure to comply with subpoenas, a judge ruled that he had lost the defamation suit. Moss and Freeman said, in a statement, that he had unleashed a wave of hatred and threats that we could never have anticipated. It cost them their sense of security as well as their freedom.
It will raise new questions about Giuliani’s ability to pay substantial damages, given previous indications he was struggling to meet legal expenses and the fact he is in deep in other cases, including in the Georgia election racketeering case. The election workers’ attorney Michael Gottlieb said his clients should receive restitution between November and February after a trial date for damages. A pro bono lawyer, Gottlieb, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead” that he would pursue accountability for his clients until the end of the Earth.
The same sense of impending – and delivered – accountability hung over the courtroom in Washington, DC, where the “Proud Boys” leaders were sentenced.
In Washington, DC, the “Proud Boys” leaders were sentenced under that same sense of impending accountability election.
“I stand here today and declare that I am done with it all. I am done peddling lies for other people who don’t care about me,” Rehl said.
For what it’s worth, today I stand here and declare that self in a similar position.
The news reference is CNN