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Trump's legal troubles

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    I posted a blog about 4 years ago about some of Trump's legal problems in an article titled "Donald Trump, slum lord".

    As it turns out, his legal problems will really "come home to roost" in he near future.

    No American President has ever been charged with a criminal offense. But, as Donald Trump fights to hold on to the White House, he and those around him surely know that if he loses—an outcome that nobody should count on—the presumption of immunity that attends the Presidency will vanish. Given that more than a dozen investigations and civil suits involving Trump are currently under way, he could be looking at an endgame even more perilous than the one confronted by Nixon. The Presidential historian Michael Beschloss said of Trump, “If he loses, you have a situation that’s not dissimilar to that of Nixon when he resigned. Nixon spoke of the cell door clanging shut.” Trump has famously survived one impeachment, two divorces, six bankruptcies, twenty-six accusations of sexual misconduct, and an estimated four thousand lawsuits. Few people have evaded consequences more cunningly. That run of good luck may well end, perhaps brutally, if he loses to Joe Biden. Even if Trump wins, grave legal and financial threats will loom over his second term.

    Trump’s legal expenses alone are likely to be daunting.

    During the next four years, according to a stunning recent Times report, Trump—whether reëlected or not—must meet payment deadlines for more than three hundred million dollars in loans that he has personally guaranteed; much of this debt is owed to such foreign creditors as Deutsche Bank. Unless he can refinance with the lenders, he will be on the hook.

    To pay off such debts, the President, whose net worth is estimated by Forbes to be two and a half billion dollars, could sell some of his most valuable real-estate assets—or, as he has in the past, find ways to stiff his creditors. But, according to an analysis by the Washington Post, Trump’s properties—especially his hotels and resorts—have been hit hard by the pandemic and the fallout from his divisive political career. “It’s the office of the Presidency that’s keeping him from prison and the poorhouse,” Timothy Snyder, a history professor at Yale who studies authoritarianism, told me.

    (As if 9;28 this morning, Joe Biden officially got to 273 electoral votes)

    The White House declined to answer questions for this article, and if Trump has made plans for a post-Presidential life he hasn’t shared them openly. A business friend of his from New York said, “You can’t broach it with him. He’d be furious at the suggestion that he could lose.

    Barbara Res, whose new book, “Tower of Lies,” draws on the eighteen years that she spent, off and on, developing and managing construction projects for Trump, also thinks that the President is not just running for a second term—he is running from the law. “One of the reasons he’s so crazily intent on winning is all the speculation that prosecutors will go after him,” she said. “It would be a very scary spectre.” She calculated that, if Trump loses, “he’ll never, ever acknowledge it—he’ll leave the country.”

    It turns out that, in 2016, Trump in fact made plans to leave the United States right after the vote. Anthony Scaramucci, the former Trump supporter who served briefly as the White House communications director, was with him in the hours before the polls closed. Scaramucci told me that Trump and virtually everyone in his circle had expected Hillary Clinton to win.

    Michael Cohen is so certain that Trump will lose that he recently placed a ten-thousand-dollar bet on it. “He’ll blame everyone except for himself,” Cohen said. “Every day, he’ll rant and rave and yell and scream about how they stole the Presidency from him.

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/11/09/why-trump-cant-afford-to-lose

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    Yes you are right, however if nothing is done about the "mentality and laws" in this country then in no time we have similar idiots in the W.H. and Government.

    Sorry our election system is awful. First of all the "loyalty system" introduced by Trump has to go, as well that at least an month before elections, no decisions can be done (by law) before such appointment, such as to appoint an Supreme Court Judge or fire people who guard our nukes. This election shows where all the huge "holes" are in the laws and "system"

    Furthermore I advise to "teach" the country how not to elect an "criminal"; the 45% who voted for this idiot, never had any knowledge about what this crook did in his life. But yeah FOX News never did invite Mary Trump to give her full story.

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    Emotions trump critical thinking. There will always be holes...you cannot fix them all. Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell made a mockery out of them. Joe Biden will have to engage the public in his campaign to unite America. After a while the hate gets old. Youth activism can be a part of the Biden strategy on such things as Climate Change. The 2022 election of Senators can help, but Democrats have to do a far better job of messaging.

    We must also mobilize for the Georgia special Senate elections.

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    Me thinks after January 20, 2021 that Trump should not set foot in the state of New York, otherwise he might be arrested for crimes he had committed. They might even try to extradite Trump from another state to face criminal charges.
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    I just wonder what the situation will be at January 20th. since Trump always has played the game of "delaying" all his court cases; he will likely do the same and stretch it out beyond such date. He always manipulated the courts until in the end he "walked" away because the courts gave up. He'll likely will play the exact same game, with the "election" outcome, so Biden will have to wait to get inaugurated.

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    Dutch:

    Biden WILL get inaugurated on January 20, but I would not be a bit surprised if Trump does not show up.

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Dutch:

    Biden WILL get inaugurated on January 20, but I would not be a bit surprised if Trump does not show up.

    I just wonder, even if he has not conceded by that time? And the "lawyers" are still busy with it, like he played the "tax return" game. I bet a lot can still happen between now and January 20th.

    Also Pfizer has now an vaccine which seems to work for over 90%; of course Trump wants "credit" for it and his "cut" ; so he will claim he did "save" this country and has won. Wow, let the fun start.

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Dutch:

    Biden WILL get inaugurated on January 20, but I would not be a bit surprised if Trump does not show up.

    AZ, I agree with your assessment. Trump will not show up to Biden's inauguration nor will he ever concede. He will go to the grave without conceding and be forever claiming the 2020 election was a fraud and stolen from him. When he does leave the WH, he may give some rambling incoherent speech about how he is a victim of political corruption and say the reason for leaving the WH is he and his family are "going on vacation". Whenever interviewed by the media after Biden is sworn in as president, he'll repeat the same BS that he never conceded and he is the rightful winner of the 2020 election, like his tax returns, is currently being challenged and reviewed by courts; he will assure everyone that courts will be overturning the 2020 election results, and he will become once again president "soon, very soon, so soon you won't believe it".... Like a typical con man, he will string it out forever milking it until the day he dies.

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    On second thought, with Trump "Everything" is for sale if the price is right. He might even suggest to GOP insiders that if they want him to attend the inauguration then they should make him a serious offer, otherwise he is not showing up. GOP might make a deal with Trump if they can get him to go without making them look like the party assholes and con men. The GOP knows they have lost middle America because of Trump, and having Trump leaving on good note would help the GOP be perceived in a more favorable light as Trump leaves the WH.
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    wwjd:

    Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen said the president would likely flee the White House for Mar-a-Lago at Christmas and not return for Joe Biden's inauguration in January.

    Speaking on MSNBC, Michael Cohen said the president would probably fight the election result until January and beyond from the comfort of his Florida escape.

    “I would not be shocked if there is no concession speech at all. My theory is that at Christmas time he goes to Mar-a-Lago. I think he will stay there through the inauguration. I would not be shocked if he will not show up to the inauguration either,” Mr Cohen said.

    “He cannot let the camera look at him and basically pull down the curtain and see the wizard standing beside. He is just a loser and it is killing him and, right now, what is going on in the White House is nothing but finger-pointing.”

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election-2020/michael-cohen-trump-election-results-b1708699.html

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    Let's hope that he flee's to Mar-a-Lago; the sooner the better, otherwise he will ruin the White House completely; lots of TV's through the windows and artifacts ruined.

    But yeah as I've said that the "weeks" before the inauguration could be very damaging, because there are no solid "rules or laws" with penalties to stop this idiot from doing dangerous things in this period; he still can declare an war and start one. This must indeed be the most stupid country in the world.

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    Dutch Wrote:

    Let's hope that he flee's to Mar-a-Lago; the sooner the better, otherwise he will ruin the White House completely; lots of TV's through the windows and artifacts ruined.

    But yeah as I've said that the "weeks" before the inauguration could be very damaging, because there are no solid "rules or laws" with penalties to stop this idiot from doing dangerous things in this period; he still can declare an war and start one. This must indeed be the most stupid country in the world.

    Actually, Dutch, he cannot declare war or start a foreign war. I doubt that he would try an unauthorized use of military force as even the Republicans in congress, gutless turds that they are, would not back such a move and the military would likely convince him otherwise. He can certainly whip up the Trump/Republican base to cause insurrection. Somehow I doubt that will happen because if he does he will go down in history more ignominiously than he would if he simply fades away. His ego is everything.
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    New York Times: Trump Plans PAC in Hopes of Keeping Hold on G.O.P.

    Trump is planning to form a "leadership political action committee", a federal fund-raising committee that will allow him to "retain his hold on the Republican Party even when he is out of office."

    "Such committees can accept donations of up to $5,000 per donor per year — far less than the donation limits for the committees formed by Mr. Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee — but a leadership PAC could accept donations from an unlimited number of people. It could also accept donations from other political action committees.

    "A leadership PAC could spend an unlimited amount in so-called independent expenditures to benefit other candidates, as well as fund travel, polling and consultants. Mostly, it would almost certainly be a vehicle by which Mr. Trump could retain influence in a party that has been remade largely in his image over the past four years."

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    And look for him to register as a candidate for the 2024 election as well. Those 70 million people who voted for him in 2020 (63 million in 2016) will remain steadfastly loyal. Look for the rallies to go on and on, maybe not as lavish without Air Force One for travel and the taxpayers paying much of the tab. But those 70 million people will contribute again and again.

    Trump will remain defiant even in the face of investigations against him.

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    Schmidt, I did mention before that he "may"? run again in 2024. I also said that (unless Biden is stupid) immediately "tax returns" should be made MANDATORY and not just an "rule". Also it should be mandatory to have an extensive "mental" test done for any candidate as well should have the proper "education". The "vetting" should be totally be "overhauled" compared to how "he" got in. As long as Biden does not do so, forget this country, because then any "crook" can become President.

    Also an complete overhaul of "elections" should be done; no "money" in it; no PAC's in it, no "rally's", no conventions, no "junk" like "caps, signs, flags, you name it. This country acts like little kids who want "ice cream", but no "education"or is serious about "governing" an country.

    Let's get serious for a change; stop the B.S.