We all have habits that are hard to break. We smoke to excess or drink too much or have to declare a casino as a dependent. Some of us put our elbows on the damn table all the damn time. And some of us can’t help but commit crimes by meddling in elections. From the Wall Street Journal:
During the six-minute call, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Trump repeatedly said that he won Georgia. “Something bad happened,” he said. “When the right answer comes out, you’ll be praised,” Mr. Trump told the chief investigator, Frances Watson…
“If you can get to Fulton, you are going to find things that are going to be unbelievable,” he said. In the call, Mr. Trump offered no evidence of any wrongdoing. At one point, he said his loss in Georgia “never made sense and, you know, they dropped ballots. They dropped all these ballots. Stacey Abrams, really, really terrible,” he said. Ms. Abrams, the 2018 Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, and her group Fair Fight Action registered thousands of new voters in Georgia in recent years.
So, if you’re keeping score at home, the former president* apparently called everybody in Georgia except Boss Hogg to solicit mischief in counting the ballots, and everybody he called apparently recorded the conversation, which is the only thing to do when that particular former president* calls. I don’t care if he’s ordering a pizza, you still want a tape running and at least two witnesses. And he still might stiff your driver. But what you do see from this compulsive meddling is a perfect illustration of how desperate he was as he realized that his presidential immunity from all consequences was running out. And, it turns out, with very good reason.
Anyway, my vision of the former president*’s whiling away the empty hours in a Fulton County holding cell is becoming clearer. From the AP:
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has engaged John Floyd to serve as a special assistant district attorney to work with lawyers in her office on any cases involving allegations of racketeering, her spokesman Jeff DiSantis said. A Fulton County Superior Court judge swore him in Wednesday morning…
Floyd previously helped Willis when she used the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, law to prosecute nearly three dozen Atlanta public school educators accused in a cheating scandal. In April 2015, after a trial that spanned months, a jury convicted 11 former educators of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students’ scores on standardized exams. Willis was a lead prosecutor in the case while working for her predecessor, former Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.
“Racketeer” is a word that never should have fallen out of fashion.
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