“Let me never fall into the vulgar error of dreaming that if I am contradicted I will be persecuted,” wrote Waldo Emerson. Donald Trump didn’t so much fall as fell into the depths of delusion when he accepted this and then left office.
is schtick, since the slightly singed martyr, scarcely a step ahead of his tormentors, never grows old.
Therefore, the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago compound was an attack that “could only happen in broken Third World countries,” he complained.
Such a violation of the holy of holies could only ever be unspeakable indignation.
“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States,” he said plaintively. And on this point he is right. On the other hand, no other president has become so enmeshed in his own political mischief.
The problem for the former president is any feigned patina of innocence, summarily repelled by the mob incited to storm the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Given his dubious backstory, it would have taken an Oscar-winning performance to play the role of the victim convincingly.
No other president has so merged his interests with those of the American people.
Many still believe he played a major role in the violent attempt to overthrow a legitimate election and the riots that left people dead.
Far from being a “far left” plot to scuttle his chances of another White House run in 2024, this was a court-sanctioned search.
It was part of a long-running investigation to see if some top-secret documents were taken to his private golf club. They were kept in a safe on the premises, and now the contents are in the hands of the FBI. The stakes couldn’t be higher.
Without evidence, an arrest warrant would not have been issued. As a statement of intent – that Mr Trump is now firmly in the crosshairs of federal sights – it could not have been louder or more open.
Whatever the contents of that safe — or the boxes that FBI agents carried away — the result could prove explosive.
The search should have been approved by FBI Director Christopher Wray, a Trump-appointed staffer, and the highest levels of the Justice Department, all the way up to the US Attorney General.
If no evidence is found to indict or incriminate Mr Trump, the operation could backfire spectacularly.
It is no exaggeration to say that the enormity of the investigation could have implications for American democracy.
Such a bold move against a former President without any real purpose behind it would backfire on the current administration.
This is a fateful moment not only for Mr Trump but also for the behavior of US politics.
Thankfully, America is not, as Mr. Trump would have us believe, a broken third-world democracy, but when the limits of justice are pushed to the extreme, the consequences are unpredictable.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/a-bold-move-against-donald-trump-but-it-could-backfire-41901310.html A bold move against Donald Trump – but it could backfire