aOften when it comes to Donald Trump, language alone fails to describe what is going on.
At various points, particularly after he became president, charts or timelines could prove to be a better tool for understanding events.
For example, his firing of James Comey in May 2017, apparently because the FBI director did not agree to leniency with General Michael Flynn, who had lied to agents about his conversations with a Russian diplomat, led to the creation of the Mueller probe, which shed light on many Trump’s loopholes and possible obstruction of justice.
Trump has been furious for months about the Mueller report – both claiming he was acquitted and that he was a witch.
When it came to Trump’s first impeachment trial, with enthusiasm for such a project undoubtedly growing among Democrats after Mueller was unable to draw actionable conclusions, it was often easy to get a list of names to follow.
What was Rudy Giuliani doing in Kyiv? What he was demanding about the less-heard leader Volodymyr Zelensky, what was Hunter Biden’s connection, and whether Democrat Adam Schiff’s staff were informed about Trump’s apparent attempt to pressure Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden in exchange for his release. army?
Even with the notes in front of you, it was often difficult to follow them.
Now, again, we need special tools.
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday announced a lawsuit against Trump and his three older children, accusing them of financial fraud and alleging that they intentionally misrepresented the value of the Trump Organization’s business interests over many years.
“The pattern of fraud and deception that Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization have used to their financial advantage is astonishing,” James said Wednesday morning at a news conference in New York.
Claiming that you have money that you don’t have is not worth The art of the dealIt’s the art of stealing.”
The Attorney General of New York announces a lawsuit against Donald Trump
James wants to return $250 million in assets, ban Trump’s three eldest children from taking office, and Trump himself has banned him from any business dealings in the city or state for five years, something that should upset and anger the man born there. The city, whose bravado often seems like a symbol of New York emperors from the 70s or 80s.
Trump was quick to dismiss the lawsuit as an attempt by James to harass him and his family, accusing them of stalking him for political reasons, and called its announcement “the culmination of nearly three years of ongoing, targeted and immoral political harassment.”
The lawsuit alone would look bad for Trump and his family, accusing the man who is best known for being a successful businessman in the United States. the Apprenticeof lies and the rank of lies.
But James’ suit isn’t Trump’s only challenge, and that’s where we might need help from a cross-cut Venn schematic, or even an old-fashioned board game, like Risk.
Because as James relays her findings to the court and other prosecutors, it’s important to remember that Trump faces many, many other problems.
In August, FBI agents raided the Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida, taking hundreds of classified and classified documents that the former president allegedly should not have kept after he left the White House.
The Justice Department’s investigation is conducting its own investigation of an order wanted for a possible breach of the Espionage Act. So far, Trump has failed to come up with a plausible reason as to why he continues to have those documents, other than his desire to do so.
It is unclear how Trump got out of this. Currently, an independent evaluator, or private expert, is reviewing documents seized by the FBI to determine if any of them may have privileges.
Most legal experts said such an examination is unnecessary and the Trump team’s request to do so is widely seen as a stalling tactic.
This is not his only pressing problem.
Next week, the committee investigating the January 6 attacks on the US Capitol, the episode in which Trump was impeached for a second time, is scheduled to meet to present a report and announce any potential referrals.
Polling data have shown that these carefully orchestrated presentations have damaged Trump’s standing among Republicans, and a growing number of them are at least willing to consider voting for someone else, even as Trump himself appears adamant he will run again.
One thing intersects with all these different things – Donald Trump himself, and his apparent belief that normal rules and laws don’t apply to him.
Trump has been repeatedly written off before from various scandals only to come back again.
It might be his escape from all of this, too. But for now, the wall seems to be closing.