If you ask the defeatists why they think Donald Trump will “get away with it all” in the New York criminal probe, their answer is usually the same: “he’s always gotten away with it all.” This is factually untrue; over the past several months he’s lost the presidency, lost his Twitter account, his financial house of cards is in real trouble, and he’s found himself on track to face criminal indictment for the first time in his life. But because none of these are definitive punishments, it’s understandable that some defeatists see him as incapable of being toppled.
Here’s the thing, though. The only reason Donald Trump escaped criminal punishment the previous four years was that he had the protections of the presidency in his pocket. He controlled the federal prosecutors who wanted to bring him justice. And even if states had indicted him, they likely couldn’t have physically arrested him anyway. But that’s all changed now.
Donald Trump is once again doing his usual stupid, spiteful thing of cutting off his top lieutenants once they get into legal trouble for doing his criminal bidding. He’s done this to people like Michael Cohen and gotten away with it because he was President at the time. But now Trump is doing it to Rudy Giuliani, a guy who also appears to know a ton of Trump’s dirty secrets. Someone on Twitter asked Cohen why Trump is doing this.
Michael Cohen’s response: “Because Trump doesn’t think past his nose and has never had to take responsibility for any of his dirty deeds. Thus, no fear of Rudy. Plus, Rudy is as batshit crazy as Donald. Rest assured, Donald’s 9 lives have expired!”
So while Donald Trump may think he’s safe in cutting off Rudy like this, Trump’s time is running out one way or the other. Career criminals like him are only ever one step ahead of the law, and they have to constantly work to stay one step ahead. Trump’s big plan for setting up his twilight years was to win or steal reelection. That didn’t happen, and now it’s open season on him for prosecutors.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report