An observation about the Trump Org indictment: The criminal scheme was described as ongoing as of June 30, 2021.

Even when they knew they were being investigated, they kept cheating.
The arrogance is stunning. I did a brief stint years ago in a firm that represented white-collar clients, and I did see that attitude. They thought they were "pushing the envelope" and it was no big deal.

A task of the lawyers was to persuade them that they were in big trouble.
I think this is exactly right. It's the only way he has ever earned money. The Trumps don't add value. They take advantage of situations. He floats on debt; he borrows against assets he inflates. His "product" is his "brand."

He thinks he's clever.

My theory is similar. I think they break the rules that they don't think should exist.

The "Deep State" refers to the regulatory agencies that were mostly created under Roosevelt, including laws that keep business from cheating.

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5 Jul
I've been thinking about this defense of the Trump Org. by the National Review, which dovetails with Trump's monologue about how not paying taxes on tuition for grandchildren is no big deal.

Ignore the lies in this piece for a moment and consider the underlying argument. . .
It's about what kind of laws we should have and the purpose of the criminal justice system.

It's the idea behind MAGA: Take America back to the time when [white] men could cheat (the 1890s).

When Trump breaks the laws they don't think should exist, his supporters cheer.

The criminal justice system as existed before the 1960s really had the purpose of putting Black men in jail. It was a way of getting around the 13th Amendment (which gave an exception to forced labor: conviction for a crime).

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4 Jul
Ever since the Trump Org / Weisselberg Indictment was filed, I've been tweeting about some of the [bogus] defenses being put forward in the media.

I gathered my thoughts and put them into a video.
I'll post an edited transcript shortly.

Here's an edited transcription:…

The video was a bit longer than my usual video (almost 16 minutes!)

But it's totally not my fault!
It's because there are so many bogus defenses out there.

By amazing coincidence, I talked about this one in my video.

But I don't think people like this ⤵️are actually interested in the difference between political prosecution (which abandons rule of law) and rule of law prosecution (grounded in facts and evidence).

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2 Jul
I'm skeptical about the idea that Weisselberg's testimony is necessary to establish criminal intent (for Trump and his kids).

Just look at Trump's history.

Circumstantial evidence is often used to prove criminal intent.
Depends on what you mean by "really hard."

Prisons are filled with people who were convicted based on circumstantial evidence.

Unless a person confesses, you need some circumstantial evidence.

Testimony also isn't 100% reliable.
Witnesses don't always tell the truth.
Juries don't always believe the witness.
Witnesses who "flip" were usually involved in the criminal scheme, so their testimony can also be suspect.

Documentary evidence is harder to discredit. Witnesses can help connect the dots.
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2 Jul
Notice that this is not a denial.

@DonaldJTrumpJr does not say that allegations are not true.

He says the Trump Org has been singled out. This is the "selective prosecution" defense, and there are multiple problems with it.

🔹It's based on the cynical idea (and lie) that everyone cheats.

The indictment documented shocking, ongoing, shameless cheating, including juggling the books and falifying records

🔹"Everyone does it" or "someone did worse" are not legal defenses.

In our Washington Post piece yesterday, @reichellaw
and I explain.

If 20 people are speeding down the highway, and you're the only one pulled over, you get a ticket. There was no law enforcement misconduct.

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1 Jul
Weisselberg was "one of the largest individual beneficiaries" of the criminal scheme.

So there were others.
He wasn't even necessarily the largest beneficiary.

Today, those others are probably having a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
I should do this as a thread.

This is important: The scheme is systematic and ongoing. In other words, we're not talking about a few isolated incidents, but pervasive over a period of years.

This is my surprised face. [sarcasm]
The defendants "and others."

The scheme was to compensate Weisselberg "and other Trump organization executives. . . " off the books.

It's hard to believe those others get to skate free. There's just too much noise in here about them.
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30 Jun
Hi, @GOPLeader

Not this again. Sigh.

Right,⤵️ but today they'd be Republicans.

I think you could use a refresher on the history of the parties. I can recommend a few books, including @HC_Richardson's To Make Men Free (I'll put the covers in the next tweet.)

How Lincoln’s anti-slavery, strong federal government pro-industry party morphed into the party of the Proud Boys is a little complicated, but I'll break it down.

Unless otherwise indicated, all facts taken from these books ⤵️

Ready, @GOPLeader?

During the Civil War, the Democratic Party was the pro-slavery party of the Confederacy & rural America.

In other words, these guys⤵️would have been Democrats.

Spoiler: Now they're Republicans.

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