Cy Vance, the district attorney for Manhattan, has hired a major former federal prosecutor to assist in investigating the business dealings of Donald Trump and his family. … On a similar note, Letitia James, the winner of the election and current New York State AG, vowed on the night of her victory, “I will be shining a bright light into every dark corner of his real estate dealings, and every dealing, demanding truthfulness at every turn.”
What jumps out regarding all these promises to investigate is that no crime has been identified — only a target of prosecution, of whom it is simply assumed that he has committed crimes. …
Prosecutors running around pledging to investigate people they consider political enemies embody the apothegm of Stalin’s top secret policeman Lavrenty Beria, who famously said, “Show me the man, and I will find you the crime.”
Peru, Israel, and Brazil are among many countries that have prosecuted and jailed their former leaders; former French president Sarkozy is currently under indictment. But in these cases — as in most civilized, non-authoritarian countries — the officials were pursued for public corruption, such as bribe taking, that happened while they were in power.
Trump is being investigated for alleged misdeeds that occurred well before he became president, such as supposed loan fraud, whereby he misrepresented the value of assets he presented to banks as collateral.
That is to say, prosecutors are going back to look at Trump’s historical finances, which were not worthy of attention before he became their political enemy. If he had never run for office, nobody would have ever bothered investigating his loans or the accounting procedures of his family business with the stated intention of putting him in jail.
This is the sort of practice that is associated with dictatorships, Third-world countries, and failed states, all of which the United States is increasingly resembling. Free societies do not allow prosecutors to operate as predators.
The has been a sea change in the USA, a revolution by the elites against the rest of us. They have tired of democracy, and now wish to rule increasingly by naked force, striking down any who oppose them by increasingly forceful means.