We Americans have never been particularly eager to see our former presidents prosecuted for criminal activity.

In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford gave predecessor Richard M. Nixon a full and unconditional pardon for his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Ford reasoned that putting Nixon on trial would prolong a crisis that most Americans wanted to see come to a halt.

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Read the (April 5) LA Times column by Harry Litman: "Don't underestimate the strengths of Alvin Bragg's case against Donald Trump." It puts this poorly informed editorial to shame.

On another note... Trials determine culpability and accountability. Trump can defend himself in court. A jury will decide whether the case against him is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. There'll be a winner and a loser. It's called democracy, not chaos! This is what responsible media outlets will proclaim and propagate.


What about, look what you made me do, everybody does it. Grow up. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

hermit thrush

come on, wdt, it's not bragg pushing the nation into chaos, but ultimately trump. there is zero question that trump broke the law in the course of paying hush money to stormy daniels. incredibly, this is treated like it's no big deal! reasonable people can disagree about the legal argument for making it a felony charge instead of a misdemeanor (though it should also be noted that bragg has claimed that there's plenty of precedent for the former), but there should be no question that the true source of all this is trump's shameful and deplorable conduct.


I have a tough time buying your argument that pursuing these charges would be too divisive for the country. I am not sure this country could be more divided than it is right now - and this defendant bears a fair bit of the blame for that. He is being afforded due process. Don't we say that justice is blind? Allow the system to work, as it should for EVERY citizen.


Wrong headline - Trump pushes chaos - Remember January 6th. That's all you need to know who is the King of Chaos.

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