Donald Trump has spent a lifetime becoming well versed on the ins and outs of civil lawsuits. Civil law is comprised of crimes causing injury to an individual or private entity, or business. Civil lawsuits brought by individuals most often result in fines and settlements. Civil guilt is determined by a preponderance of the evidence. A good example would be the Trump University civil lawsuit case. On cases like this Mr. Trump could just throw a fistful of money at the problem and it would go away, just disappear like magic.
Those settlements being paid were just a small fraction of the money he had swindled from his marks, making this a very lucrative operation of constantly cheating people and then settling for pennies on the dollar. Now, here is where things get ugly for him. Trump decided to move from the private sector into politics. He brought along his usual unscrupulous schemes, using the same dirty tactics in politics that served him so well in business. Those same tactics aren’t doing him any favors in politics.
His behavior in public service has in some cases moved to the level of criminal in nature. These behaviors and offenses are against the public, society and the state, not unsuspecting contractors and working people. The due process of criminal law is quite different. It is initiated by the government, not by individuals. Punishments, although they are held to a higher standard and must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, include massive fines and prison.
Now Donald Trump and his legal advisors are looking to make a deal where he would meet with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to answer questions in exchange for ending the investigation into his wrongdoing. That is not how criminal due process works. The government has a responsibility to uncover wrongdoing and will not give in to the whimsy of any given suspect. This offer rises to the level of a crime. Although not monetary in nature, it does seem troubling and an effort on Trump’s part to operate above the law. Trump doesn’t understand who he’s dealing with, and it’ll be his downfall.
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