Don’t be scared of prosecuting Trump

Republicans are arguing that going after him will do irreversible damage to American democracy. Don’t believe them.


Grant Tudor and Ian Bassin with The Atlantic

On December 29, 1992, a grand jury delivered a 13-count felony indictment of Alabama Governor Guy Hunt. Four months later, the governor was convicted of money laundering—of looting his inaugural fund to cover a variety of personal expenses, including a marble shower—and removed from office.

At the time of Hunt’s conviction, former West Virginia Governor Arch Moore Jr. was rounding out a prison sentence for a litany of felonies, including tax fraud and obstruction of justice.

Mail fraud and racketeering landed Maryland’s legendary progressive governor, Marvin Mandel, in prison, and election fraud did the same for Connecticut’s Governor John Rowland.

Rhode Island Governor Edward DiPrete and Illinois Governor George Ryan served time for bribery,

Tennessee’s Ray Blanton for extortion, and

Louisiana’s Edwin Edwards for nearly all the above. And of course, Illinois’s Rod Blagojevich secured a 14-year prison sentence for his attempt to sell a U.S. Senate seat, among other crimes.

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  1. Either the law applies to everyone, or there is no law. It is time to send a message to US Oligarchy,…and if the Justus department does not, then the people will.

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