There is an issue that has not been addressed by The Star Democrat which strikes at the heart of our current political disarray.
On May 5, 2019, a letter signed by 1,024 former federal prosecutors (https://medium.com/@dojalumni/statement-by-former-federal-prosecutors-8ab7691c2aa1) was submitted into the public discourse. This letter indicated in no uncertain terms that if it wasn't for an existing memorandum in the Office of Legal Counsel indicating that a sitting president cannot be indicted, these prosecutors believed President Trump would be charged with the felony of obstruction of justice. While he is innocent until proven guilty, the prosecutors felt that there was overwhelming evidence for bringing the charges with a strong chance of conviction.
Furthermore, when Mr. Mueller recently testified before the House Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees, he responded to the question if Mr. Trump could be charged when he left office with these crimes with an affirmative “yes.”
The 1,024 prosecutors go on to say that: “As former federal prosecutors, we recognize that prosecuting obstruction of justice cases is critical because unchecked obstruction — which allows intentional interference with criminal investigations to go unpunished — puts our whole system of justice at risk.”
The obvious conclusion to which one comes in considering the above is that at some time in the not distant future, Mr. Trump will be charged with felonies. As he progresses in the race for re-election, voters will have to consider how much of the effort is being put into keeping Mr. Trump out of the courtroom and, eventually, out of prison.
Too much else is at stake in the next election for this question to be essentially on the ballot.
DR. BRIAN J. CORDEN