Look, forget about Trump running for President in 2024. The way things are looking, he’s more likely to be running for parole in 2024 than for President. And he knows it.
In the middle of a segment last night Rachel Maddow reported that in the last 24-48 hours, Trump has begun to admit to confidantes in Mar-A-Lago that he fears that in fact he will spend the rest of his life in court, fighting civil and criminal suits, and might actually be convicted. But it was the wider part of her interview that provided the needed context.
Trump now has a personal Freddie Krueger, and his name is Mark Pomerantz. Pomerantz began his legal career in the US Attorney’s office in New York, where he handled high profile cases, including mob prosecution and convictions. And then he switched sides.
As a defense attorney, Pomerantz gained the same, if not more renown than he had as a federal prosecutor. Until a couple of days ago, he was a senior partner at one of the top white shoe law firms in the country. And for good reason.
In one of his most famous cases, in the late 1970’s, he defended a New York mobster accused of ventilating Bonono mob boss Carmine Galante in a Brooklyn restaurant. This was at the height of the government’s struggle with the mob, and both the federal government as well as New York State had just introduced their first RICO acts, Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations. It allowed the government to seize property and assets from a defendant if it could be proven that it came from an illegal activity. And they charged Pomerantz’s client under the new RICO statutes.
So, what did Pomerantz do? Professional to the bone he went back to school. He immersed himself in the new RICO statutes until he knew the goddamned things better than the dudes that wrote them in the first place. And when he went to trial, he did something no other defense attorney had ever done before. He laid out the RICO statutes for the jury, explained to them why those statutes didn’t apply to his client, and forced prosecutors to fight tooth and nail to prove why the defendant had been charged correctly. He lost the case, but was what lawyers like to call brilliant in defeat.
And guess what? Mark Pomerantz, likely one of the premier RICO statute attorneys in the United States, especially from the defense side of the bar? Is the man that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance just hired as a special counsel to aid the office in their ongoing investigation of The Trump Organization!
If Donald Trump were Jewish, he would now have his own personal dybbuk. But since Trump is a nebbish, he’s got Freddie Krueger instead. And if anyone down in Mar-A-Lago briefs him on Pomerantz and his qualifications, Trump is going to have a heart attack.
Look, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office is a full service office. They have uber qualified attorneys who prosecute everything from gang crimes to hate crimes, sex crimes to fraud cases, from murders to grand theft. If Vance is bringing Pomerantz into the office, he’s bringing him for a very specific reason.
To bag Donald Trump. And Pomerantz is in an unique situation to be able to do so. As a federal prosecutor, he tried mob racketeering cases before the statutes were in place, and he defended mob clients from the resultant RICO statutes. He alone can look at Trump’s record and receipts with the eye of a prosecutor, and then flip the whole damn thing over, and look for weaknesses in the case that the prosecutors will have to address from a criminal defense standpoint in order to make those charges stick. And did I mention that his reputation and integrity are impeccable?
I am literally walking on air here. I have been waiting months for this to happen. I can live with the thought of not seeing Donald Trump in a cage. It would be nice, but the logistics of providing Secret Service protection for a President in a state or federal prison. But what I really want to see is Donald Trump, the failed con man business mogul, spending the rest of his life in a rent controlled, third floor, cold water walk up in the Bronx. And Mark Pomerantz is the one who can make that happen.
Donald Trump knows what he’s done. Michael Cohen knows that Trump has done. Alan Weissenberg knows what he’s done. And in Mark Pomerantz, Trump finally has his Moriarity. Pomerantz can find it, and he can put it all together, and he can wrap Trump up in a very messy ball that will see him losing almost everything he owns under the New York State RICO statutes.
That’s my dream. I don’t want to just see Trump exposed as a liar and cheat, hell, we all already know that. And I don’t want to see his disgraces either, the man has no shame. What I want is to see him dirt poor, the ultimate loser, and the final death to his ego. And Mark Pomerantz is the man that can do it. Don’t touch that dial.
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