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March 31, 2023
LOL: Nancy Pelosi says the quiet part out loud about Trump's indictment and 'proving innocence'
Nancy Pelosi tweeted something stupid about the Trump indictment, and now we all get to laugh about it. And also be concerned about the criminal justice system in our country. But let's focus on the laughs.
After news of the indictment broke, Pelosi tweeted out, "The Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law. No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence. Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right."
Wait, what was that? "Prove innocence?" That doesn't sound right...
\u201cThe Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law. \n\nNo one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence. \n\nHopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right.\u201d— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi) 1680221715
Thankfully, Twitter readers added some helpful context as to what Pelosi might've meant: "Ms. Pelosi mistakenly says that Trump can prove his innocence at trial. Law in the US assumes the innocence of a defendant and the prosecution must prove guilt for a conviction."
However, I'm not so sure this was a mistake. Since Trump announced he was running for President the first time, all investigations launched against him seem to be based on the assumption that he is guilty. Over and over again, his political opposition alleged both criminal and impeachment charges against him, only to have them completely unravel when they couldn't meet the burden of proof. Like the disastrous Mueller Report, which might as well been a doodle from my 5th grade math notebook.
This is especially evident with the current indictment, since we still have no idea what charges Trump is facing. It's not illegal to pay a porn star to keep quiet about an affair. Immoral, sure - but not illegal. Not to mention the 2018 letter that came out last week showing Michael Cohen lied to federal election officials about the payments to Stormy Daniels, and that the Trump campaign was not involved.
From the NY Post:
"In [the letter] Cohen told the Federal Election Commission that he 'used his own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford,' aka Daniels, in 2016.
'Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed Mr. Cohen for the payment directly or indirectly,' Cohen lawyer Stephen Ryan wrote on Feb. 8, 2018."
So it'll be interesting to see how this whole thing shakes out. But right now, it looks like they're just making even more of a martyr out of Donald Trump.
Lily is a Zoomer college dropout who somehow landed a writing gig here at LwC.com. In her spare time, she enjoys going for runs, touching grass, and occasionally tweeting tweets for fellow tweeters.
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