Special Counsel Jack Smith may have gotten his man but ultimately the real damage may have been done to the Justice Department itself and the early stages of the crumbling of the institution’s credibility can already be seen with even Geraldo Rivera suggesting that the indictment of former President Donald J. Trump was a bridge too far.
Reports of Smith’s pulling the trigger on charging the 2024 GOP frontrunner over classified materials confiscated by the feds during last summer’s raid of Mar-a-Lago became reality when the news broke on Thursday night that rabidly partisan Attorney General Merrick Garland’s legal hitman had indicted Trump exploded across media, throwing the 2024 election into chaos with the likely Republican nominee faced with possibly spending the rest of his life behind bars.
(Video: Fox News)
While leftists popped the champagne corks and celebrated, some like Rivera lamented the effects of such a heavy-handed action on the republic itself, something that the short-sighted Trump haters haven’t bothered to consider or, more likely, don’t care about.
The veteran journalist discussed the unprecedented nature of the DOJ’s aggressive action against the former president on Friday’s edition of “Fox & Friends,” telling co-host Steve Doocy that Smith’s charging of Trump is “preposterous” and likening the documents involved to an “overdue library book” that didn’t merit the FBI’s storming of the ex-president’s South Florida residence.
“It was dumb, it was arrogant and it was borderline illegal,” Rivera said. “What it was not is appropriate as the basis for a seven-count federal indictment against the president, a former president of the United States for the first time in the history of our republic. This is like… you didn’t give your library book back, are you gonna get scolded, so you send the cops to get you to comply with the return to the National Archives?”
“It really is preposterous,” he added. “I’m very upset about it. I think that it is an attempt whether conscious or unconscious to affect the election of 2024. It will not I believe effect that, his standing, he may still be running for president as an indicted person, or even a convicted person because there’s nothing in the Constitution of the United States that bars a person under indictment or even a federal convict from running for president.”
“How serious is this matter?” Rivera later asked. Is it really, does it really, did it justify the midnight raid that you you would have had if it was Al Capone, or some other mobster?”
“But to have that elaborate, multi-vehicle, helicopters and drones and machine guns to get the documents out of Mar-a-Lago was preposterously overdone, and it just feeds the notion that the current Justice Department is out to get President Trump,” he continued. “Even though the special counsel is independent, not just theoretically, but factually…there is this feeling, this unsettled feeling that they’re trying to rig the election.”
“I believe that if you want to beat Donald Trump, you’ve got to beat him at the ballot box,” Rivera said.
“What President Trump did with those classified documents discovered in Mar-a-Lago was dumb, arrogant and borderline illegal. However, unless the Special Counsel believes Trump intended to broker those documents to our enemies, what he did should have been resolved with a scolding from the National Archivist,” Rivera tweeted Friday. “It should not be resolved by a 7 count federal indictment, which is the first indictment of a former president in US history; an action that could decide the 2024 presidential election.”
What President Trump did with those classified documents discovered in Mar-a-Lago was dumb, arrogant and borderline illegal. However, unless the Special Counsel believes Trump intended to broker those documents to our enemies, what he did should have been resolved with a scolding…
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 9, 2023
Later on Friday, in another tweet, he suggested that Biden should make his top competitor an offer he may not be able to refuse, drop out of the running in exchange for a presidential pardon.
“As I have said consistently, President Biden should stop this tortured nonsense immediately. In exchange for former President Trump dropping out of the race for the White House, Biden should pardon him for any and all federal allegations,” Geraldo said.
As I have said consistently, President Biden should stop this tortured nonsense immediately. In exchange for former President Trump dropping out of the race for the White House, Biden should pardon him for any and all federal allegations.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 9, 2023
Rivera isn’t the only one who has proposed such a quid pro quo as over on MSNBC, conspiracy queen Rachel Maddow had previously suggested the same thing.
Trump-Russia conspiracy theorist @Maddow says “you have to wonder” if the DOJ would drop Trump’s case in exchange for him never “running for office again.” @Lawrence reminds her that this is exactly what Trump accuses the DOJ of trying to achieve: pic.twitter.com/ivP9pGSCSJ
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) June 9, 2023
Rivera has made no secret of his man crush on former New Jersey Chris Christie whom he likened to movie monster Godzilla and is a “rock solid alternative to Trump.”
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