Op-Ed: This is Why Trump Needs Hypocrisy

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Donald Trump cannot survive without the hypocrisy of others. He thrives on the double standard afforded to him by those so willing to look the other way as he continues to lie, rage and flout the rule of law he swore to uphold.

In the political world, Congressional Republicans protect him by refusing to do their constitutional duty to check the most corrupt president any living American can remember. These Republicans will never impeach him and are going to use the threat of impeachment by a Democratic House to motivate the Trump base to the polls in November. The fear of Democrats undoing the will of the people and acting to remove Trump through Articles of Impeachments just might get those Republican value voters (who we now know have no values) to vote in the midterms in numbers large enough to hold the Republican House. The phrase “will of the people” reeks of hypocrisy when applied to Donald Trump.

The phrase “will of the people” reeks of hypocrisy when applied to Donald Trump.

When Hillary Clinton stood before the nation in the early hours of November 9, 2016 and conceded the 2016 presidential election to Donald J. Trump, she, as we know, had won the popular election by three million votes. What we didn’t know at the time is that she may have not competed against Trump in a free and fair election.

As the Mueller investigation presses on concerning matters of Russian interference in the election to help Trump win and the president’s subsequent obstruction of justice, Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen stood up in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York admitting his guilt to two criminal charges: willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution and making an excessive campaign contribution, both violations of the campaign finance law, for the purpose of influencing the election made in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.

Cohen is, of course, referring to payments made to Karen McDougal by American Media Inc., the owner of the National Enquirer, in August 2016 and the payment he made to Stephanie Clark aka Stormy Daniels in October 2016, both made to cover up affairs with Trump in 2006. All is compounded by the Trump Organization reimbursing Cohen through fake legal invoices for a bogus retainer agreement. Allen Weisselberg, Trump Organization CFO, is given immunity and one gets the feeling we’ve only just begun.

Trump finds himself moving at a quickening pace to the one place left in America where the hypocrisy of others will not serve him: courts of law. In a court of law, spin must yield to facts and evidence as Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, recently found out in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia where facts and evidence convicted him even in the face of an accommodating judge and pro-Trump jurors who did their duty as finders of fact honorably.

New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed state civil charges against the Trump Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, for persistently illegal conduct and to finance a campaign placing Trump, the three Trump children, and the Trump Foundation in potential legal jeopardy.

Underwood is a 74-year-old woman with impeccable legal credentials.  As a smart, capable woman who will not cut Trump a break, she is sure to get under the president’s skin as she considers referrals to the IRS and the Federal Election Commission for possible violations of tax law and federal campaign laws. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Manhattan District Attorney are interested. The Trump Foundation and those involved could easily face criminal charges stemming from the civil suit.

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As the legal walls close in, Trump must deflect the investigations and lawsuits facing him to the political sphere where hypocrisy, not law, is the rule. As evident by the defection from the Trump camp of Michael Cohen, Allen Weisselberg and David Pecker, CEO of American media Inc., also granted immunity, Trump can only count on the hypocrisy of the Republican Party to protect him by keeping him in office.

As the legal walls close in, Trump must deflect the investigations and lawsuits facing him to the political sphere where hypocrisy, not law, is the rule.

Trump knows the Republicans will not impeach him, let alone convict him. If he remains president, a Department of Justice guideline shields him from a federal indictment. Special Counsel Mueller shall comply with that DOJ guideline with an exception for “extraordinary circumstances” under which he would ask the Attorney General for permission to indict the president.

With Jeff Sessions’ recusal that so enrages Donald Trump, Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would make the call. A president who obtained the office through illegal activities with his legitimacy in question just might qualify for that “extraordinary circumstances” indictment of a sitting president under the DOJ guideline. Trump must fire Sessions and get a loyalist Attorney General in place to protect him. Senator Lindsey Graham opened that possibility up a recent statement to the press saying it might happen after the midterms.

The Republican hypocrites in the Senate also know Brett Kavanaugh, a hypocrite in his own right with questions about his own honesty in past proceedings before the Senate, must be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice which would provide Trump a cover should matters involving him reach the Supreme Court.

The hypocritical Republican Party belongs to Donald Trump. The midterm elections will determine if he and his minority can continue their hold on the country and elude Trump’s reckoning in our nation’s courts of law.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing starts on September 4th. It is imperative that Senate Democrats do everything within their power to block his confirmation and make it clear to the American people that Kavanaugh should not be confirmed as our next Supreme Court Justice.

The appointment of Kavanaugh will place too many Americans of all sorts in the position to lose rights that are essential to our freedom. Trump and his minority must be defeated, and Kavanagh’s appointment denied.

If you value your right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as well as those same rights for others, contact your Senators now and make your voice heard. It does matter like never before.

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