Indictments are coming: At long last, criminal justice will catch up with Donald Trump | Salon.com

Former President Donald Trump speaks on May 28, 2022 in Casper, Wyoming. (Chet Strange/Getty Images)

After Cassidy Hutchinson, there’s not much doubt: Federal charges will happen — but Georgia may get there first

Trump is a veritable Houdini of white-collar crime, a master of lawlessness and impunity. Not only has he never been convicted of any crime, he has never even been charged with a felony..

As a litigator, Trump is in a league of his own. Since 1973 he has been involved in more than 4,000 lawsuits, and in some 60 percent of those as the suing plaintiff.  

Until now, his litigation has almost always been about attracting attention and wearing down opponents. As the great litigator James D. Zirin, author of “Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits,” wrote of Trump: “What was important was to use the lawsuit to attract attention, to exert economic pressure, and to prove he was the kid on the block not to be messed with.”

The impending criminal charges to be filed against Donald Trump by the district attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, and the U.S. Department of Justice are both very different from the thousands of previous lawsuits in Trump’s career. Those  civil cases, both past and present, have always been about money. The soon-to-be criminal cases will be about Trump’s personal freedom — and whether he will be wearing an orange jumpsuit for the next several years. 

Source: Indictments are coming: At long last, criminal justice will catch up with Donald Trump | Salon.com

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