Now that George Santos has been criminally indicted on thirteen federal criminal charges, his travel has reportedly been restricted to Washington DC and New York while he awaits trial, his passport has been taken, and he’ll be randomly monitored.
Donald Trump can probably expect similar restrictions, or even tighter, when the DOJ indicts him. After all, Santos was merely charged with a prolonged pattern of financial fraud. The DOJ is in line to charge Trump with everything from financial fraud, to election fraud, to obstruction, to espionage. Trump will be lucky if he doesn’t end up with house arrest or an ankle monitor while awaiting trial.
The indictment of George Santos is a good thing for obvious reasons. He’s a career criminal who needs to be shut down. He needs to be chased out of the government position he fraudulently holds. Justice needs to be served. And all of that is in the process of happening. But one other side benefit of the Santos indictment is that it puts into focus the fact that Trump is facing the same fate as Santos.
Now that Santos has been indicted by the DOJ, most observers are able to look at how serious yet easily proven these charges are, and look at the calendar, and figure out that Santos will be in prison before the 2024 election cycle even gets serious. Trump, who will likely be indicted by the DOJ within weeks on these same kinds of easily proven financial fraud charges plus more serious charges, is going to be on the same track as Santos. If Santos can’t magically delay his trial for a year and a half, neither can Trump. Neither one of them has magical powers. They’re both going down. The only fundamental difference is that the younger Santos will eventually get out of prison during the course of his natural lifetime, and Trump won’t.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report