In a relentless quest to discredit the charges against him, Donald Trump has launched a barrage of personal attacks against judges overseeing his legal proceedings.
Judges Concern Over Physical Risk
As he faces 91 criminal charges, including 17 related to his attempts to overturn the 2020 election, and a high-stakes civil trial, legal experts, former judges, and observers express deep concern over the potential physical risks these attacks pose to the judiciary.
Trump: A Threat to Democracy
Moreover, Trump’s tactics threaten to erode the integrity of the US judicial system.
Verbal Assaults on Judges
In recent times, Trump’s verbal assaults on judges have escalated, echoing the harsh personal attacks he has directed at others, such as special counsel Jack Smith, whom he labeled “deranged,” “crooked,” and a “thug.”
Trump’s strategy appears to be aimed at delaying trials with court motions while mounting provocative attacks against judges and prosecutors, creating a disruptive environment within the judicial system.
Nancy Gertner Speaks Up
Former Massachusetts judge Nancy Gertner, a lecturer at Harvard Law School, warns that “Trump’s attacks on judges poison the civil atmosphere and make physical attacks more likely.”
These attacks raise significant concerns not only about the judges’ safety but also about the integrity of the justice system as a whole.
Woman Threatens to Kill Judge to Support Trump
Notably, Trump’s attacks have coincided with violent threats against judges. For instance, a woman in Texas threatened to kill a Washington DC judge overseeing the charges of election interference brought by Smith.
Gag Order Issued
Such threats have prompted judges to issue gag orders to curb Trump’s attacks on potential witnesses, prosecutors, and court officials.
Trump Claims Political Witch Hunt Yet Again
In response to the charges against him, Trump has resorted to portraying them as politically motivated efforts to hinder his presidential campaign.
Trump’s Legal Team Keeps Busy
Trump’s lawyers have filed motions to delay his trial, viewing these charges as a means for Democrats to energize his base and raise funds.
Opposition Doesn’t Kill Resistance
Despite the heated resistance from Trump’s legal team, judges have issued limited gag orders to restrict Trump from making public attacks on witnesses, prosecutors, or court staff. Although Trump maintains that he is innocent of all charges, the legal community remains skeptical of his tactics.
Former judges, prosecutors, and legal experts express concern that these attacks erode the foundation of society and the judicial system. “You can’t have a trial in which the parties have poisoned the media coverage by attacking the judges,” warns Gertner.
Penchant for Personal Attacks
Trump’s penchant for personal attacks and aggressive behavior is consistent with his past conduct. According to Robert Smith, an ex-New York court of appeals judge,
Trump’s Attempt to Delegitimize the Court
In the eyes of Congressman Jamie Raskin, Trump’s attacks on judges are part of his strategy to overshadow the allegations and delegitimize any adverse outcomes.
Desperate for a Delay
Trump’s behavior appears to test the boundaries of acceptable behavior. However, legal experts believe that his tactics are designed to create delays rather than secure favorable legal outcomes.
In an attempt to delay his indictment, Trump’s lawyers have argued that he should have absolute immunity from criminal charges related to his official duties as president.
Lacking Legal Basis
While these arguments may cause delays, the consensus among experts and the Justice Department is that Trump’s claims lack legal basis.
Time to be Patient
Legal observers remain patient as they expect that the judicial system will weather these challenges.
The stakes are high, with Trump positioning himself to recapture the presidency in 2024, which he sees as his ultimate safe haven from legal consequences.
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