The evidence that Donald Trump is leading a crusade to subvert democracy and impose himself as America’s first fascist dictator keeps being revealed in court proceedings. The latest example came in the findings of a federal judge in California who is presiding over the trial of former Trump attorney, John Eastman.
Judge David Carter was presented with a tranche of emails that Eastman sought to suppress. However, Carter ruled that several of the emails showed that Trump knew that the voter fraud claims he was making were lies. Consequently, Carter ordered Eastman to turn over the emails, making them available to the congressional January 6th Committee that is investigating the insurrection in Washington, D.C. that Trump incited:
“‘The emails show that President Trump knew that the specific numbers of voter fraud were wrong but continued to tout those numbers, both in court and to the public,’ Judge David O. Carter wrote. ‘The Court finds that these emails are sufficiently related to and in furtherance of a conspiracy to defraud the United States,’ he added.”
“Who’s this Clinton appointed ‘Judge,’ David Carter, who keeps saying, and sending to all, very nasty, wrong, and ill informed statements about me on rulings, or a case (whatever!), currently going on in California, that I know nothing about – nor am I represented. With that being said, please explain to this partisan hack that the Presidential Election of 2020 was Rigged and Stolen. Also, he shouldn’t be making statements about me until he understands the facts, which he doesn’t!”
Notice that nowhere in that pathetic babbling does Trump cite a single fact that refutes the findings by Judge Carter. Trump is simply doing what he always does – yammering like a colicky infant who isn’t getting his way. What’s more, his criticism that Judge Carter is saying and/or sending “very nasty, wrong, and ill informed statements” isn’t accurate. Carter is merely making Trump’s own statements in his emails available.
Trump admits in his harangue that he “knows nothing about” the Eastman case. Which is interesting considering that the case has been pending for nearly a year, that Eastman was his lawyer, and that the case directly references Trump’s criminal behavior. If he really doesn’t know anything about it, that can only be because he’s astonishingly ignorant and divorced from reality. Although, to be fair, he has had quite a lot of sleazeball lawyers to keep track of.
Trump also complains that he isn’t represented at this trial, which isn’t surprising since he isn’t a defendant in the case. However, he does append his tedious carping about the 2020 presidential election being “Rigged and Stolen” from him. That’s a charge that Trump has had more than two years to validate, yet has never provided a shred of evidence despite filing – and losing – more than 60 court cases.
The emails that Judge Carter is making public add to the volumes of proof that Trump sought to illegally overturn an American election and undermine faith in the democratic process. They show that Trump is guilty of both defrauding the U.S. and perjury. And we can expect him to continue to chisel away at democracy until he is stopped by the indictments and prosecutions he so richly deserves. And the sooner the better. Our country is teetering on the precipice of failure.
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