The Evidence Of Trump’s Criminal Intent Is Unequivocal, Undeniable, And Overwhelming


It will be hard to convict Trump of a crime, but not because of issues with proving his intent. It will be hard to convict Trump because he is a former president who still has political support from a substantial minority of Americans.

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The intent evidence, though, is almost over the top. Trump is on tape pressuring election officials with lies and threats to change vote totals in his favor, to “find” votes for him. Almost everyone close to him — with the exceptions of a drunken Rudy Giuliani (“just say we won,” said Giuliani) and purported lawyer John Eastman (who asked for a pardon in advance with apparent knowledge his own actions were likely criminal) — repeatedly told Trump he lost the election and that his false claims of massive voter fraud were “complete bullshit.”

Undeterred, Trump pressed Mike Pence to somehow reject the will of the voters (come on, even a third-grader knows it is not legitimately within the power of a vice president to overturn an election, Trump obviously knew that too). When Pence wouldn’t bend to his will, Trump praised and condoned the January 6 violence and failed to do anything about it for hours.

Forget all the legalese for a moment, and simply ask yourself: Are these the actions of a man who has no idea what he is doing or why he is doing it?

A number of media presences have framed the intent issue as some kind of insurmountable hurdle because we can’t really get inside Trump’s head, so if he says he actually believed he won the election, we just have to take him at his word that he had no criminal intent. That perspective is bonkers.

In every single legal case that goes to trial on any cause of action which includes an intent element, the defendant claims not to have had the requisite intent. Trump is no different.

Trump knew he lost the election. He lied about it anyway to try to stay in office and to continue to siphon money from his own supporters. The evidence of this is clear, it is overwhelming, and a lot of it is in Trump’s own words. Entire legal careers dawn and sunset without seeing stronger evidence of intent. If Trump doesn’t get prosecuted once these hearings are over, and we all just have to live with a gross miscarriage of justice that almost cost us the nation, fine. America’s been through worse. But don’t blame the supposed difficulty of having to prove someone intended to do something.

R&I – FS

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