It is now even more urgently orange jumpsuit time

See updates through January 15, 2023, at end of post.



Fig. 1. Donald Trump, depicted in an orange jumpsuit, reportedly by the Drudge, via Mediaite,[1] fair use.

I suppose I should not be surprised that the story of Donald Trump’s absconding with records that properly belong with the National Archives and Records Administration[2] is taking a darker turn.

I was, to be honest, inclined to dismiss Trump’s apparently ridiculous lawsuit attempting to retrieve all the records[3] seized in a search at Mar-a-Lago[4] as yet another stalling tactic, the sort he is famous for, and indeed not to take note of it at all. But the impression I’m now getting is that this is in fact an exceptionally, even for Trump, desperate move.[5] Something is in those boxes that he not only wanted to keep, rather than to destroy,[6] but either that he doesn’t want the government to have or that he intended somehow to hold as leverage.

We proceed in two directions at this point. First, if it’s all really bad enough, it will never see the light of day. It’s too sensitive. Short of regime collapse, you and I will have been dead for centuries before, if ever, we learn what it is.

Second, the secrecy about whatever the fuck Trump was up to leaves an opening for conspiracy theorists who will, of course, somehow spin all this in his favor, further increasing the risk of a renewed civil war.[7]

At this point, I don’t see how prosecuting Trump[8] can make things worse. Merrick Garland has been inexcusably dithering on that point.[9] But the orange man needs to be behind bars, denied bail, in an orange jumpsuit, and photographs of the latter widely disseminated. Now.

And if not, then there needs to be a damned good explanation why not.


Update, September 1, 2022:

There’s no way to predict whether the Justice Department will ultimately pursue charges against the former president or his associates. But in a court filing Tuesday night, government lawyers recounted numerous instances in which [Donald] Trump’s lawyers allegedly misled government officials during the investigation, and in which Trump or his team appear to have haphazardly handled materials that contained national security secrets.

The evidence laid out in the filing, experts said, could build a legal case that Trump attorneys Evan Corcoran and Christina Bobb obstructed the government’s investigation, allegedly telling FBI agents and prosecutors that they had handed over all classified documents when in fact many remained in Trump’s possession.[10]

And they’re still desperate for an excuse, any excuse they can come up with, to avoid charging Donald Trump:

Still, despite the mounting evidence found at Mar-a-Lago, there is no precedent for prosecuting a former president. That’s one of the questions investigators are probably grappling with as they proceed with their probe: What does it take to charge someone who once served as the commander in chief?

The evidence would need to meet a higher threshold than is necessary in a typical case, according to Chuck Rosenberg, a former U.S. attorney and senior FBI official.[11]

There is no explanation, none whatsoever, for this “higher threshold.” It just magically, mysteriously is, just like that nobody, not just the Department of Justice itself, can prosecute a sitting president,[12] and just like they have to avoid prosecuting when it might affect an election outcome.[13] There’s always an excuse.


Update, September 2, 2022: The Federal Bureau of Investigation search at Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago retrieved 43 empty folders with classified markings and “an additional 28 empty folders labeled as ‘Return to Staff Secretary’ or military aide.” It is not known what happened to the contents of these folders.[14] I’m not the FBI or the Department of Justice, but I’d want to search every single one of Trump’s properties thoroughly. Oh, yeah, and it’s now way past orange jumpsuit time.[15]

I’m thinking the “black sites” used to torture “interrogate” people who had been reported, witch hunt style, to have connections to al Qaeda or the Taliban would now be an appropriate venue for Trump.


Update, September 6, 2022: In a profoundly dubious ruling,[16] the judge in a case initially laughed off as ridiculous and indeed self-incriminating[17] has granted Donald Trump’s request for a “special master” to review[18] documents the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized[19] in its search of Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago.[20]

Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., a Harvard Law School professor, said anyone targeted by a search warrant fears reputational harm, but that does not mean they can get special masters appointed. He called Judge [Aileen] Cannon’s reasoning “thin at best” and giving “undue weight” to the fact that Mr. [Donald] Trump is a former president.

“I find that deeply problematic,” he said, emphasizing that the criminal justice system was supposed to treat everyone equally. “This court is giving special considerations to the former president that ordinary, everyday citizens do not receive.”

Samuel W. Buell, a Duke University law professor, agreed.

“To any lawyer with serious federal criminal court experience who is being honest, this ruling is laughably bad, and the written justification is even flimsier,” he wrote in an email. “Donald Trump is getting something no one else ever gets in federal court, he’s getting it for no good reason, and it will not in the slightest reduce the ongoing howls that he is being persecuted, when he is being privileged.”[21]

So the ruling is ludicrous and would likely be overturned on appeal. But in the meantime, it does its damage, and as Amber Phillips explains, “Dragging investigations out on procedural grounds is [Donald] Trump’s MO [modus operandi] in legal battles.”[22]

If the Justice Department does appeal, the ensuing legal fight could take longer than any document review by the special master — and there is no guarantee that the government would prevail, particularly if the case were to reach the Supreme Court, to which Trump appointed three justices during his presidency and solidified a 6 to 3 conservative majority.

“The Supreme Court has said it’s an open question the extent to which a former president can assert claims of executive privilege against a sitting president,” said former federal judge Paul G. Cassell, who teaches at the University of Utah law school. “Maybe this will be the case that determines and helps settle that open question.”[23]

If the Department of Justice appeals this all the way to the Supreme Court, we will know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that they’re stalling, that Trump’s strategy is, in fact, their strategy, that they are determined to avoid prosecuting him.


Update, September 19, 2022: It says something that we have to ask the question in Jennifer Rubin’s headline, “If [Merrick] Garland sincerely believes in the rule of law, Trump is in deep trouble.”[24] I do agree we need to ask it. And y’all know I want Donald Trump prosecuted, the sooner the better, and that I am deeply suspicious of the seemingly endless litany of excuses for “delaying” his prosecution.[25]

But Rubin’s column relies on a premise that there is one law, equally applicable regardless of a person’s socioeconomic status.[26] People of color knew this was a lie long before Donald Trump even ran for president. Poor people knew this was a lie long before Trump even ran for president. And Jeffrey Reiman documented that this was a lie long before Trump even ran for president.[27] Neither Rubin nor anybody else advances their argument by repeating that lie.


Update, October 12, 2022:

“The fact that we have to sit there, and play this game with a former president of the United States? ‘I want my documents back?’ He’s not entitled to them,” [Michael] Cohen said. The longtime [Donald] Trump fixer argued that anyone else would be in jail “in 24 hours” if they did what Trump is accused of.

“He’s playing the art of the deal, where he says ‘I will trade you this for that,’ — this is beyond unheard of,” he said.[28]

Since Michael Cohen raises the question, why are we playing this game with Donald Trump? Why isn’t this mother fucker already in jail?[29]

The answer, necessarily, is the same as the one to why Merrick Garland took so long to authorize the search at Mar-a-Lago in the first place,[30] when it is so obvious that this decision is a no-brainer. He’s hopelessly chickenshit; he’s just desperately fishing for yet another excuse not to prosecute.[31]


Update, October 13, 2022: The latest Washington Post story[32] eviscerates any rationalization for Merrick Garland’s dithering over requesting a search warrant for Mar-a-Lago.[33] Garland knew or should have known that Donald Trump was retaining highly sensitive government secrets and was resisting returning documents.[34] In this paradigm, where mishandling of classified material is presumed to be a threat to national security, and the threat of highly classified material is even more so, it is of the utmost importance that those documents be recovered immediately. But Garland inexcusably dithered for weeks.[35]

So a huge question is about Garland’s apparent gross negligence as attorney general.

But even as Garland is bending over backwards, desperately avoiding prosecuting Trump,[36] Trump’s withholding of classified documents that have been subpoenaed[37] sure makes it seem like he is desperate to be prosecuted.[38]

Some of the former president’s closest aides have continued to work with [Donald] Trump even as they have seen FBI agents show up at their houses to question them and serve subpoenas.[39]

I have been profoundly reluctant to attribute any intelligence to Trump whatsoever. Even this, I would attribute to someone else. But at the risk of conspiracy theorizing, this is starting to look like a plan to me. It is like Trump’s team is expecting a prosecution and that this prosecution is part of their plan.

I don’t know if the Department of Justice perceives such a plan or if the Joe Biden administration has a strategy for dealing with it. But what we’re seeing on the surface is seriously flunking a smell test.


Update, October 17, 2022: Glenn Kirschner, in an interview with Chauncey DeVega:

America has never been willing to hold the ruling-class criminals accountable, whether they are in politics, business, entertainment, the tech business or what have you.[40]

And it’s pretty fucking obvious that Merrick Garland still isn’t.[41] Kirschner continues:

Donald Trump believes that he is above the law. And he holds that belief for good reason. It appears that Trump has lived a life of crime and has never been held accountable. That is a dramatic failing of our criminal justice system, our law enforcement agencies and most certainly our nation’s prosecutors. Trump, in my opinion, has also come to believe, with good reason, that if he admits his crimes out loud people will take a step back and scratch their heads and say, “Geez, I thought it was criminal what he did, but he is saying he did it. So I’m uncomfortable, because that’s not the way we go about investigating and prosecuting crimes in America. Something is wrong here. I don’t know what it is, but we have to figure it out.” In reality, what we as a society need to do is to focus on why Trump and other such people are not being prosecuted.[42]

It is not, of course, just Kirschner saying this; I usually cite Jeffrey Reiman on this topic,[43] but it’s a fairly common observation of the criminal injustice system. In general, as I noted yet again just yesterday, it is the crimes of the poor that are “actually . . . treated as crime, that is, in stark contrast to the crimes of the rich, which cause more damage and kill and injure more people, but are largely treated as civil matters.[44]

But in the case of Donald Trump, it is also apparent we have an incredibly chickenshit attorney general,[45] who dithered for weeks even on requesting a search warrant,[46] even knowing or having every reason to know that Trump was in possession of extremely sensitive classified materials that were not properly secured.[47] Which is why I’ll believe there are charges against Trump when I actually see charges and not one millisecond before.

For his part, Kirschner believes that Trump will be tried and convicted, but not imprisoned. But he also observes that no prosecutor dares be the first to file charges.[48] It should go without saying that if nobody goes first, then none of those charges will be filed. And with such incredibly chickenshit attorney general, that might just be what happens.


Update, November 15, 2022: In the capitalist mindset, everything, including a labor force,[49] is a form of property, accordingly to be disposed of as the owner sees fit.

That review [of classified documents retrieved from Mar-a-Lago] has not found any apparent business advantage to the types of classified information in Trump’s possession, these people said. FBI interviews with witnesses so far, they said, also do not point to any nefarious effort by Trump to leverage, sell or use the government secrets. Instead, the former president seemed motivated by a more basic desire not to give up what he believed was his property, these people said.[50]

Donald Trump probably isn’t even capable of thinking of the documents retrieved from his Mar-a-Lago residence[51] in any other way. As to charges,

Any decision on whether to file charges [against Donald Trump] in the documents case is unlikely to occur before the special master review is complete, as prosecutors have argued in court filings that even the nonclassified documents taken in the search may include relevant evidence.[52]

In case you’re losing track of the excuses, they are:

  1. The Department of Justice cannot indict a sitting president.[53] Trump is no longer president, but
  2. charges against him would be unprecedented and therefore “[t]he evidence would need to meet a higher threshold than is necessary in a typical case.”[54] The Department now reportedly has sufficient evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice,[55] but
  3. then it would have been too close to the midterm elections, and the Department has a rule about prosecutions that might affect election outcomes.[56] The election is now over, but
  4. now the Department needs to wait for the special master review to be complete,[57] yes, the same special master whose appointment the Department is appealing against,[58] because the ruling appointing him in the first place was, by nearly all accounts, bogus in the first place.[59]

We haven’t gotten to the next ‘but’ yet, but you can rest assured, there will be one. There’s always, always, always an excuse.[60]


Update, November 18, 2022: Merrick Garland, who dithered for weeks before deciding to retrieve improperly secured and highly classified materials from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence,[61] still can’t make up his mind and so has appointed a special counsel to lead investigations into Trump and decide whether or not to prosecute.[62]

Some former Justice Department officials and prosecutors have said such an appointment [of a special counsel] wouldn’t do much to allay criticism of the [Federal Bureau of Investigation] and Justice Department by Mr. [Donald] Trump and his supporters. Others said the appointment sets an unnecessary precedent of appointing outsiders for high-profile investigations and sends a message that the Justice Department can’t be trusted to make decisions in politically sensitive matters.[63]

This is nothing short of absolutely asinine and what it actually is, is that Garland can’t trust himself to make brain-dead obvious decisions regarding Trump. Garland is nothing but an absolute disgrace.


Update, January 15, 2023: You were just wondering what the next excuse for not indicting Donald Trump would be, weren’t you? David Von Drehle thinks it will be that a small number of classified documents have been found to have been kept improperly by Joe Biden and that that Biden’s response to the discovery of a much smaller number of documents has been entirely different from Trump’s evasion and refusal to return a much larger number of documents will not matter. Drehle also thinks Trump is now irrelevant politically and a trial could only revive him and therefore thinks this is a good thing.[64] So here’s the revised list of excuses (the first four are from an earlier update to the relevant blog post[65]):

  1. The Department of Justice cannot indict a sitting president.[66] Trump is no longer president, but
  2. charges against him would be unprecedented and therefore “[t]he evidence would need to meet a higher threshold than is necessary in a typical case.”[67] The Department now reportedly has sufficient evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice,[68] but
  3. then it would have been too close to the midterm elections, and the Department has a rule about prosecutions that might affect election outcomes.[69] The election is now over, but
  4. now the Department needed to wait for the special master review to be complete,[70] yes, the same special master whose appointment the Department successfully appealed against,[71] because the ruling appointing him in the first place was, by nearly all accounts, bogus in the first place,[72] but
  5. a special counsel is needed to investigate Donald Trump because Merrick Garland is too chickenshit to bring charges himself.[73]
  6. There is a false equivalence between the cases of Donald Trump and Joe Biden.[74]

All of which is to affirm the merit of dragging things out endlessly and needlessly: If you really and truly, desperately want to avoid doing something, yet another excuse just might land in your lap. It is also to affirm yet again that there is a dual system of injustice in the U.S., one for the rich and powerful, and another entirely for the poor.[75] We’ll see if Drehle is right. Obviously, I hope he isn’t.

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