02 February 2022

Trump the witness tamperer

I'm glad to see that someone on the Jan. 6 committee is calling Trump's unprecedented and totally insane dangling of pardons for Jan. 6 criminals and others who may do similar things in the future... as an ex president who only in his own mind is likely ever to be president again... what it is: witness tampering. Chargeable and prosecutable? No. But it is intended to be and is functioning as witness intimidation and/or inducement, no question about it. The sad truth is that some degree of this kind of conduct is not practicably criminal. If Trump is good at anything, it's the art of being a really bad actor, without quite treading into the area where the law can easily hold you accountable. Fortunately, in certain other cases it looks like he may indeed have crossed that line. 

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