Donald Trump made the decision today that, even though it’ll cause him huge problems in the 2020 election, he’s going to meddle in the Roger Stone criminal case anyway. Not only is he meddling, he’s making a point of taking credit for it on Twitter. Sure, this means Trump will go to prison for even longer if he loses in November. But Trump is already looking at life in prison, so what’s the difference? The thing is, Trump is – predictably – taking things way over the top.
The reality is that Donald Trump and Bill Barr can’t do anything about Roger Stone’s sentence. Sure, Barr illegally changed the sentencing recommendation. But Judge Amy Berman Jackson is a straight shooter, and she’s going to give Stone whatever sentence she’s already decided to give him. Trump seems to be figuring out that Barr’s change in recommendation will have no impact on anything, so he’s flipping out on the judge.
Trump tweeted, “Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure? How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? Just asking!” For the record, Jackson is one of the two judges who sent Manafort to prison. And because Hillary Clinton has never been convicted of any crime of any sort, Jackson has obviously never dealt with Clinton.
Make no mistake: if Donald Trump loses in November, he’ll be indicted and arrested on a whole host of criminal charges. Most pundits don’t want to get this far ahead of the narrative, but Trump’s arrest is a given. The only question is whether the Feds or New York State will go first. Once Trump is on trial on the federal charges, the tweets he’s posting today will be used as evidence. Trump is literarily tweeting himself into prison.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report