We ignore about 98% of the “press releases” that Donald Trump releases, because they’re really just dressed-up tweets, and Trump was banned from Twitter for good reason. But occasionally Trump releases a statement that gives something important away about his mindset, or about what he fears is going to happen next. This is one of those times.
Trump has released a statement today that starts off by saying “All the Democrats want to do is put people in jail.” The rest of it is full of incoherent lies not worth repeating here. But suffice it to say that he’s going completely berserk about the January 6th Committee, and he seems to be vaguely calling for violence as the committee closes in on him. Trump is clearly afraid.
This past week the January 6th Committee referred Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for criminal contempt, after having previously gotten Trump henchman Steve Bannon arrested for contempt. The committee also revealed text messages involving everyone from Jim Jordan to Rick Perry which help fill in the pieces about Trump’s effort to illegally overthrow the 2020 results, from election tampering to the Capitol attack. In fact Liz Cheney went so far as to cite a criminal statute that the committee already has Trump nailed on – suggesting that the committee will indeed refer Trump for criminal prosecution.
This comes even as New York prosecutors continue to have witnesses testify to a grand jury about Donald Trump’s financial fraud, which has led one expert to conclude that Trump will be indicted for racketeering.
No wonder Donald Trump is ranting about his adversaries wanting to put people in jail. Trump is seemingly very close to being criminally indicted on state charges. And if the January 6th Committee refers him for prosecution, he could face federal charges on top of it. Trump is going bonkers today for good reason.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report