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DOJ Charges Against Trump Would Wait Until After Election

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One of the most prescient political predicaments in all of American history is playing out before out tired and weary eyes, against the backdrop of a nation divided like never before.

Well, except for maybe that one time.

In either case, we are witnessing history.  There is a very real prospect that the administration of the incumbent President could file charges against his presumptive reelection opponent, taking America into uncharted political territory.

But, if those charges do come, (and that’s a big “if” for Teflon Don), it won’t be anytime soon.

The unprecedented prospect of bringing charges against a former US president is creating intense scrutiny of the Justice Department in the aftermath of its search of his home at Mar-a-Lago. A separate DOJ probe is focused on his effort to overturn the 2020 election, which he lost to President Joe Biden.

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Under long-standing department policy, prosecutors are barred from taking investigative steps or filing charges for the purpose of affecting an election or helping a candidate or party, traditionally 60 days before an election. This year, that would be by Sept. 10, which makes it unlikely anything would be announced until after Nov. 8, said people who asked to remain anonymous speaking about potential Justice Department actions.

There have been a few cases in which this has occurred, but none with the gravity of today’s situation.

To be sure, the department has ignored that policy in recent years with moves interpreted as political interference. Most notable was when former FBI Director James Comey revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was reopening a probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server just days before the 2016 presidential election, which critics say damaged her campaign.

And in 2020, former Attorney General William Barr announced in the weeks before the presidential election that department officials could make public announcements and take overt investigative steps with regard to voter fraud cases, a move seen as amplifying Trump’s unsupported narrative that there was massive voter fraud.

With Donald Trump eyeing a potential September date for his reelection announcement bid, any charges that come post-decision will certainly be saddled with a great deal of political baggage, further stoking the fires of division in this great nation.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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