Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

A Reasoned Glimpse Into Our Near Political Future, or, For the Left, It All Depends Whose Ox is Being Gored

July 5, 2022 --

From this vantage point, and considering developments during the Trump presidency, the trial of the former president is a foregone conclusion.

Those developments make it clear that allegations taking the worst possible view of Donald J. Trump are sufficient for the Deep State to initiate official proceedings against him.

These allegations require no basis in fact, notwithstanding that Mr. Trump and his supporters will be denounced by the resistance to Trump as liars for daring to defend against the actual false charges.

Please recall: the phony accusation that Psident Trump was a Putin puppet led to the 22 months of the Mueller investigation, a probe that should have been halted in its tracks -- had the 116th Republican-majority Congress any will to stand with Mr. Trump against the Deep State.

Had Republicans showed loyal solidarity for President Trump when The New York Times, based on a lie demanded appointment of a special counsel, the anti-democracy "Resistance" would have been crushed.

Alas, the anti-democracy Resistance went on to pursue one impeachment, and then a second impeachment. With an anti-democracy "House Select Committee" running roughshod over the norms of legislative governance and the undefeated neo-totalitarians clamoring to put Donald J. Trump on trial in a federal criminal court (in the District of Columbia, no doubt) the cliche "the past is prologue" comes to mind: the trial of Mr. Trump is the Deep State's logical successor to the Mueller probe, and impeachments I and II.

But there is yet another, countervailing aspect, to emerge after the 118th Congress, with a large GOP House majority, meets next January, and establish a House Select Committee on the role of the Bidens in Burisma-gate. This committee will investigate, for purpose of legislation, the curious payments of some $83,000 a month to Hunter Biden the while Joe Biden, as vice president, was President Obama's point person on Ukraine.

Under the direction of House Speaker Elise Stefanik, the House will pass a resolution, citing H. Res. 503 of the 117th Congress as actually carried out, naming nine members to the Burisma-gate committee, including two Democrats (if two can be found to accept seats on this panel). Speake Stefanik will appoint Rep. Jim Banks, chairman of this select committee, and Mr. Banks will name these Republicans: Reps. Scalise, Jordan, Taylor-Greene, Boebert, Gosar, and Gaetz. Speaker Stefanik, at the press conference announcing the formation of the Burisma-gate committee will thank her predecessor, former speaker Pelosi, for establishing the precedent of a one-sided bipartisan committee. Ms. Stefanik will, in her statement, quote, with approval, the observation of Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith, that the Jan. 6 committee provided "one-sided factual recitations [and] legal contentions."

She will add, "The Burisma-gate panel will be as vigorous in gathering documents and witness testimony by subpoena as was the Jan. 6. committee. Failure to comply with the Burisma-gate committee's subpoenas will be prosecuted to the full extent of congressional authority. No one is above a one-sided bipartisan congressional committee's subpoena."

It is fair to predict that the media and Democrats will strenuously object to the Burima-gate committee, calling it "an assault on democracy," "a dangerous leap towards one-party dictatorship," " the trashing of due process," "a mean-spirited attempt to brainwash the American people." The major television outlets, broadcast and cable, will declare their refusal to cover any of the Burisma-gate hearings, and, instead, offer congressional Democrats prime time opportunities to condemn the Burisma-gate hearings as "contrary to everything the American spirit of freedom holds dear."

At this point -- some time prior to July 4, 2023 -- sanity will emerge in the nation's capital, and, following negotiations between Attorney General Garland and Speaker Stefanik, the Department of Justice will withdraw its indictment of former president Trump and the Burisma-gate committee will adjourn, sine die.

My crystal ball, however, does not reveal whether former president Trump will announce his intention to become a future president on July 4, 2023"an assault on democracy," "a dangerous leap towards one-party dictatorship," " the trashing of due process," "a mean-spirited attempt to brainwash the American people." The major television outlets, broadcast and cable, will declare their refusal to cover any of the Burisma-gate hearings, and, instead, offer congressional Democrats prime time opportunities to condemn the Burisma-gate hearings as "contrary to everything the American spirit of freedom holds dear."

At this point -- some time prior to July 4, 2023 -- sanity will emerge in the nation's capital, and, following negotiations between Attorney General Garland and Speaker Stefanik, the Department of Justice will withdraw its indictment of former president Trump and the Burisma-gate committee will adjourn, sine die.

LPR's crystal ball, however, does not reveal whether former president Trump will announce his intention to become a future president on July 4, 2023.