Connect the dots is a game that we play a lot around here. Early Saturday morning Donald Trump got on Truth Social and let fly about how he and he alone is persecuted and prosecuted, beyond any rationality, while others go free, Hunter Biden, laptop from Hell, bla bla. Since he’s busy at a golf tournament, the outburst was frankly surprising.
So that begged the question, what oh what set the tiny thumbs to the phone keyboard to bang out this plaintive wail?
Here’s what he had to say.
That was followed immediately by this.
So what occasioned that? My opinion is that it has to be this story, from the Washington Post:
David Raskin, who served for many years as a senior federal prosecutor in New York City, and more recently has worked as a prosecutor in Kansas City, Mo., has been assisting in the investigation into Trump and his aides, according to the people familiar with the matter who, like others interviewed for this article, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation.
David Raskin. That is a name you’re going to hear. And if Trump didn’t think so, why the flaming freak out, all caps, three exclamation points?
Justice Department officials initially contacted Raskin to consult on the criminal investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. But his role has shifted over time to focus more on the investigation involving the former president’s possession and potential mishandling of classified documents, the people familiar with the matter said.
The addition of Raskin to the team handling the Mar-a-Lago probe is another indication of the seriousness with which Justice Department officials view the case and underscores the high stakes for both Trump and those tasked with investigating him.
This cannot be overemphasized. If you get one takeaway, only, from this article, let it be this one. The DOJ is simply not going to commit the time and resources to a case of this magnitude unless it believes it can win it. The addition of Raskin to the team means that the DOJ is solidifying its case and escalating it. If any of the legal types who read this blog have another interpretation, please feel free to share.
And here’s the cherry on the sundae.
Just two weeks ago, Raskin won a guilty plea in a case with parallels to the Trump case — a former FBI analyst in Kansas City who authorities say took more than 300 classified files or documents to her home, including highly sensitive material about al-Qaeda and an associate of Osama bin Laden.
Excellent. That means that Raskin knows every single piece of case law and every single statute on the books that could apply to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago case.
Raskin may be the queen piece in this chess game that Trump is playing. Meanwhile, Merrick Garland, the king piece, may move slowly (too slowly for our dopamine-fueled, digital media world, in any event) but he moves with great deliberation. And so far he hasn’t made a wrong move.
I believe this is the reason Trumpty Dumpty is freaking out today. He sees the end in sight. At the very least, somebody explained to him why this was not a good thing.
He’s got a few more rallies in the last ten days before the November 8 election. Let’s see if he brings this subject up or elaborates.