Finally Friday Justice Edition: New York Grand Jury Indicts Trump!

Good Day Sky Dancers!

Have you stopped Dancing yet?

We’re headed to that sweet spot of a democratic republic where no one is above the law.  This is the headline from the Washington Post “Trump indicted by N.Y. grand jury, first ex-president charged with crime. Trump is expected to turn himself in and appear in court Tuesday. Specific charges have not been made public.” May Justice be served cold, quickly, and abundantly.

A Manhattan grand jury has voted to indict former president Donald Trump, making him the first person in U.S. history to serve as commander-in-chief and then be charged with a crime, and setting the stage for a 2024 presidential contest unlike any other.

The indictment was sealed, which means the specific charge or charges are not publicly known. But the grand jury had been hearing evidence about money paid to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, allegedly to keep her from saying she’d had a sexual encounter with Trump years earlier. Trump is expected to turn himself in and appear in court on Tuesday at 2:15 p.m., said a person familiar with the matter, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss plans that have not been publicly announced.

Trump, who is campaigning to return to the White House in 2024 and leading in most polls of Republican voters, is also the focus of criminal probes in Georgia and Washington, D.C., related to his efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory and his handling of classified material at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida home and private club.

Those cases have raised serious questions about national security and the basic functions of democracy. The New York case, in contrast, stems from a hush-money plan and Trump’s alleged conduct before he became president. The indictment follows weeks of speculation about whether and when Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg might take such a momentous step toward a courthouse showdown with one of the most combative politicians in modern American history.

Being charged with — or found guilty of — a crime does not disqualify Trump from running for office. Still,the indictment suggests a remarkable possibility: a soon-to-be-77-year-old running for president while simultaneously seeking to beat a conviction. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and says he did not have an affair with Daniels.

A spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney said Thursday evening that the office had contacted Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender for arraignment “on an indictment, which remains under seal.”

I’m interested in finding out if the testimony of The National Enquirer‘s David Pecker will bump this up to a conspiracy with its complicity in catching and killing other stories of infidelity.  Pecker was not only asked by Trump to help deal with Stormy Daniels but was involved with shielding Trump from the publicity about his affair with model Karen McDougal. I’m not a lawyer, but from all the ones I’ve heard on TV, that would possibly lead to felony conspiracy and unreported campaign contributions.

CNN has more information on the indictment itself.  This should be interesting. Donald Trump indicted by Manhattan grand jury on more than 30 counts related to business fraud .”  This lede has 4 reporters attributed to the information;  and 

Donald Trump faces more than 30 counts related to business fraud in an indictment from a Manhattan grand jury, according to two sources familiar with the case – the first time in American history that a current or former president has faced criminal charges.

Trump is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

The indictment has been filed under seal and will be announced in the coming days. The charges are not publicly known at this time.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office has been investigating the former president in connection with his alleged role in a hush money payment scheme and cover-up involving adult film star Stormy Daniels that dates to the 2016 presidential election. Grand jury proceedings are secret, but a source familiar with the case told CNN that a witness gave about 30 minutes of testimony before it voted to indict Trump.

The decision is sure to send shockwaves across the country, pushing the American political system – which has never seen one of its ex-leaders confronted with criminal charges, let alone while running again for president – into uncharted waters.

CNN also reported that Trump was shocked and caught off guard. He lit up Truth Anti-Social with all kinds of right-wing tripe. He supposedly will turn himself in.  The airwaves are now filled with Republicans trying to out-racist one another.

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After a Manhattan grand jury voted to indict former President Donald Trump on Thursday, Republicans came out in droves to describe the charge (or charges) as unwarranted and politically motivated by a corrupt prosecutor. But a number of them did it by blowing racist dog whistles that call attention to the fact that the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, is Black. The consistency of that response is yet another reminder of how the MAGA right will never forgo an opportunity to use racist innuendo to rile up its base and amplify its supporters’ persecution complex.

Shortly after news of the indictment emerged, Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, tweeted: “A week ago a video circulated of a lunatic harassing a family on a New York subway. He hurled racial slurs (the family was white) and threatened them. Alvin Bragg thinks that man should walk free and Donald Trump should go to jail for a fake misdemeanor. It’s despicable.”

It’s unclear what video Vance is referring to or whether he’s even talking about somebody who was arrested — and presumably many of Vance’s hundreds of thousands of followers won’t know, either — but the intended message is clear: This Black prosecutor is letting people of color get away with attacking white people — and trying to take down our most important avatar, Donald Trump.

Vance is only the latest Republican to try to frame New York’s criminal justice system as easy on criminals (who are always presumed to be people of color in this narrative) and eager to take down someone it perceives as a political opponent. Never mind that New York doesn’t have a high crime rate by national standards, has long had a draconian criminal justice system and is being run by a tough-on-crime former cop. And never mind that Vance has no way of knowing what legal evidence is being marshaled to charge Trump with a “fake” crime. The facts are beside the point. The story he wants to tell is that white civilization is under attack and that a Black man is helping lead the movement.

Some protestors are aping these memes in Florida.  I think the idea of it being a fake “misdemeanor” will go away when the indictment details are announced.  Ron De Santis is milking the political possibilities like a machine.

Pence is also worming his way around MAGA voters.   He’s also calling it a campaign finance misdemeanor. This is from the New York Times. “Republicans Erupt in Outrage and Rush to Defend the Defendant.” 

Republican leaders in Congress lamented the moment as a sad day in the annals of United States history. Conservative news outlets issued a call to action for the party’s base. One prominent supporter of Donald J. Trump suggested that the former president’s mug shot should double as a 2024 campaign poster.

Even Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, widely viewed as Mr. Trump’s leading potential presidential primary rival, rushed to condemn the prosecutor who brought the Manhattan case that led to the historic indictment of the former president on Thursday. While not naming Mr. Trump, Mr. DeSantis said Florida would not play a role in extraditing him.

“The weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda turns the rule of law on its head,” Mr. DeSantis said on Twitter.

Up and down the Republican Party, anger and accusations of injustice flowed from both backers and critics of the former president, even before the charges had been revealed. Many said Mr. Trump could benefit from a wave of sympathy from across the party, with a base of supporters likely to be energized by a belief that the justice system has been weaponized against him.

“The unprecedented indictment of a former president of the United States on a campaign finance issue is an outrage,” former Vice President Mike Pence told CNN.

In some quarters, there was a darker reaction. On Fox News, the host Tucker Carlson said the ruling showed it was “probably not the best time to give up your AR-15s.”

“The rule of law appears to be suspended tonight — not just for Trump, but for anyone who would consider voting for him,” Mr. Carlson said. One of his guests, the conservative media figure Glenn Beck, predicted that the indictment would cause chaos in the years ahead.

Before Trump gets his day in court to prove his innocence, he will be sent to court to face charges.  This is from William K Rashbaum and the New York Times.  “This is what will happen when Trump is arrested in the coming days. Donald J. Trump will likely face standard processing when he is taken into custody, but the unprecedented arrest of a former commander-in-chief will be anything but routine.”

He will be fingerprinted. He will be photographed. He may even be handcuffed.

If he surrenders Tuesday, Donald J. Trump is expected to walk through the routine steps of felony arrest processing in New York now that a grand jury has indicted him in connection with his role in a hush-money payment to a porn star. But the unprecedented arrest of a former commander in chief will be anything but routine.

Accommodations may be made for Mr. Trump. While it is standard for defendants arrested on felony charges to be handcuffed, it is unclear whether an exception will be made for a former president. Most defendants are cuffed behind their backs, but some white-collar defendants deemed to pose less danger have their hands secured in front of them.

Mr. Trump will almost certainly be accompanied at every step — from the moment he is taken into custody until his appearance before a judge in Lower Manhattan’s imposing Criminal Courts Building — by armed agents of the U.S. Secret Service. They are required by law to protect him at all times.

Security in the courthouse is provided by state court officers, with whom the Secret Service has worked in the past. But the chief spokesman for the federal agency, Anthony J. Guglielmi, said he could not comment on measures that would be put in place for Mr. Trump.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to see that perp walk.  I hope they cuff him.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

I’m very well acquainted with the seven deadly sins
I keep a busy schedule trying to fit them in
I’m proud to be a glutton, and I don’t have time for sloth
I’m greedy, and I’m angry, and I don’t care who I cross

I’m Mr. Bad Example, intruder in the dirt
I like to have a good time, and I don’t care who gets hurt
I’m Mr. Bad Example, take a look at me
I’ll live to be a hundred, and go down in infamy

23 Comments on “Finally Friday Justice Edition: New York Grand Jury Indicts Trump!”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Well, some reporter made a big boo boo here.

  2. dakinikat says:

    Wow, have a good weekend! What a decade this is shaping up to be!

  3. quixote says:

    I am sooo massively tired of the media. Every mention of ‘indictment’ has to have ‘first president ever blah blah blah’ immediately after in the very same sentence.

    He’s also the first mob-adjacent criminal of some forty years standing who managed to get himself installed in the job.

    That might have something to do with it. Might be worth mentioning in every sentence.

    “Trump indicted. First time in his life of shady deals.” There. Fixed it for them.

  4. MsMass says:

    More like shuffling today, no longer dancing. The husband was positive for Covid on Tuesday and the adult son positive the morning. Damn, I’m trying to hold it all together and avoid those two. Took 3 years till it rolled around to us, why did he have to go to a small bar with his beer drinking group on Friday?
    Otherwise, the week is going great with trump’s indictment. Those slow wheels of justice………..

    • bostonboomer says:

      I’m so sorry. I hope you can avoid getting sick your husband and son have mild cases.

    • dakinikat says:

      Oh wow, hope you and your family feel better and heal well!!!

      • MsMass says:

        Thanks, wish me luck!

        • NW Luna says:

          Luck! Banish them to the basement and keep all the windows open. That worked for me, amazingly enough, though it was summer then.

          • quixote says:

            Windows open as much as possible, masks masks masks — on them as well as you as much as possible –, and yes as much physical separation as you can manage. And luck. Even with all that, still need luck. So I’m wishing all of it I can for you!

            Have you got a bunch of Paxlovid? It’ll reduce their symptoms which is a) more comfortable for them, and b) less contagious for you.

    • Please take care and hope the family gets better soon.

  5. dakinikat says:

  6. NW Luna says:

    • quixote says:

      Good to hear. /*curmudgeon attack incoming:*/ It only took seven years and the damage is done. /*furious rage face*/

  7. dakinikat says: