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Welcome back. Yesterday I wrote about how Special Counsel Jack Smith was using his decades of federal, as well as international prosecutorial experience to not only run rings around Trump’s defense team, but around novice district court judge Aileen Cannon as well. But a little bit ago, when I was cutting up chicken breast and Andouille sausage to marinade in Cajun seasonings for homemade Jambalaya tomorrow, I suddenly realized that Smith was actually playing a longer term game.
Let me explain. As I reported yesterday, Smith did a brilliant job of shutting Traitor Tot down when he asked for no kind of gag order or speech restrictions against Trump whatsoever. The media immediately jumped his sh*t, but in strictly legal strategy sense, irt was a classic switchback maneuver.
If Smith’s team had tried to muzzle His Lowness, two things would have immediately happened. First, Trump’s defense team would immediately ask for a hearing, citing Trump’s 1st Amendment privileges, especially since he’s running for President, and needs full access to free speech. And second, FrankenTrump will immediately run to the nearest FUX News microphone and camera, or the nearest rally stage, and bellyache about how Smith is Persecuting hi and trying to muzzle him, something Trump will never allow to happen!
Which is not what Jack Smith and the prosecution want The Mango Messiah talking about. Trump whining about his persecution and 1st Amendment rights are not what you want Trump talking about. Those are not self incriminatory statements. Why have him bellowing about that when there are so many more juicy subjects you can set him loose on, and then use his statements to crucify him at trial?
Which is where Jack Smith just pulled a truly diabolical mindf*ck. I mean, Smith is truly getting medieval on Trump’s ass. As I wrote yesterday, Smith submitted a protective order to Judge Cannon in which he advised the court that the prosecution was ready to immediately deliver all non classified material to the defense to satisfy the discovery protocol. I wrote that this hammered Trump’s legal defense attempts to delay the trial by giving them access to the material at least 6-8 weeks before the preliminary hearing that normally opens the discovery process.
Which is where Jack Smith baited the hook for El Pendejo Presidente. In his filing, Smith requested that the judge issue an order prohibiting anyone on the defense from disseminating any of the information contained in the documents to the public, since doing such could adversely impact ongoing criminal investigations.
Oh, sweet Jesus, this is cruel and unusual punishment. Remember this, everything that Smith and his team are handing to Trump is already sanitized, the defense has the right to see it, and there is every likelihood that it will end up being brought up on trial. So why ask for that ONE rider, when the prosecution has been so compliant to Trump in all other things?
Here’s why. Let’s say you have a kid. When you’re getting ready to go out the front door to go to the store, you turn to the kid, point your finger at the child, and say, Your birthday is next week. While I’m gone, don’t you dare to go through my closet looking for your presents, or I’ll take them all back! Guaranteed babe, you won’t even be all the way out of the driveway before the kid is trashing the closets. You made it inevitable.
Which is what Smith just did to Trump. It comes down to two simple things. First of all, Trump, as a defendant has an equal right to examine the evidence that is going to be used in court against him in order to assist in his defense. And second, Nobody. Tells. Trump. What. To. Do.
When Smith makes that material available, The Trumpster Fire is immediately going to pore through it, with his limited attention span. But he won’t be going through the information looking for weaknesses in the government’s case. Instead, he’ll be scouring those files looking for things that either dent his dignity, make him look weak, diminish his former power and authority, or dent his precious persona.
Which is exactly what Trump will take to the airwaves of FUX News, and every rally stage he takes for the next year. And in doing so, His Lowness will screech out insane nonsense trying to rehabilitate his image, instead of trying to use the leg up to dispute the actual, damaging evidence against him. With Trump, everything is about his d*ck.
This is the beauty of it. Smith is leading Trump around like a puppy on a choker chain, and there’s nothing that judge Aileen Cannon could do even if she wanted to. Smith is controlling the information that the Trump legal team gets, knowing full well what will trigger Trump’s temperament, and then he just sits back, watches, and harvests the nonsense for use in the court trial. Game. Set. Match.