Last week the Fulton County District Attorney told the court that indictment decisions in her criminal probe against Donald Trump were “imminent.” Today the Manhattan District Attorney leaked to the media that he’s now presenting a criminal case against Donald Trump to a grand jury for indictment, confirming our longtime expectation that he was always going to end up indicting Trump – he just didn’t want to be the first to do so. And then there’s the multipronged DOJ Special Counsel criminal probe against Trump, which appears to be rapidly advancing.
This means that Donald Trump is now firmly on track to be criminally charged in three different jurisdictions in early 2023 – which means he’ll have three different criminal trials later in 2023. In other words, while it’s taken awhile, Trump is now facing the only fate that he was ever going to face once he left office: that of an obviously guilty criminal defendant trying to fend off lengthy prison sentences.
Once Donald Trump starts getting hit with these indictments, we’ll hear about how “unprecedented” it is that a former President of the United States is being put on criminal trial. But that’s not the story. Not really. The real story is that a career criminal, who should have been put in prison several decades ago, who managed to steal the presidency and use it as part of his lifelong crime spree, is now finally facing criminal justice.
The only reason Donald Trump never went to prison during his lifelong crime spree is that he was never indicted. Now he’s being indicted by three different sets of prosecutors, likely on a wide variety of criminal charges. The odds of him being acquitted of all charges, in even one of the three jurisdictions, are rather small. The odds of being fully acquitted in all three jurisdictions are infinitesimally small. Trump is going to prison. It’s the only fate he was ever going to face once he was booted from office, and now he’s facing it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report