A blast from presidential scandals past has arrived, bringing with him a message of hope for all those scarred by the horrors of the now-thankfully replaced Trump administration.
John Dean — the former White House counsel to that other disgraced President, Richard Nixon, and a pivotal figure in prompting Nixon’s resignation — tweeted out his professional opinion that the indictment of Donald Trump is only a matter of “days,” sending hearts rejoicing across the country among those seeking accountability for the former commander-in-thief.
With Dean’s substantial experience as a political lawyer, he knows the signs of when an impending announcement of criminal charges is about to be released, and the seven reported visits to the Office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. by former Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen is like a blaring siren to his ears.
From personal experience as a key witness I assure you that you do not visit a prosecutor’s office 7 times if they are not planning to indict those about whom you have knowledge. It is only a matter of how many days until DA Vance indicts Donald & Co. https://t.co/OaqribQBQO
— John W. Dean (@JohnWDean) March 10, 2021
After Cohen — who is now a cooperating witness in the DA’s investigation of the Trump Organization’s finances and tax avoidance strategies — met with Vance for a seventh time (with another meeting scheduled), the clock started ticking in Dean’s mind.
The prospect of Donald Trump finally getting his just desserts sparked relief among the folks commenting on Dean’s post.
For four years I dreaded seeing the news every single day
Now I eagerly check the news to see what President Biden has fixed, and hoping to see the headline all good Americans long to see
— Daddy Bitts (@BittsDaddy) March 10, 2021
There is no reason for them to be lenient. Go full steam.
— Puma48 (@Puma481910) March 11, 2021
I've been feeling this way for a long time.
How are rich folks able to just walk around, bragging about the laws they've broken? It must be nice to not have consequences for their actions.
— Bob (@TweeteringBob) March 10, 2021
If ya can’t convict for murder, ya can always get em for tax evasion . Al Capone , John Gotti,, the list is long
— Elad Hall (@DaleHatt80) March 11, 2021
This is the sad part. He’s trumpeted (no pun intended) the ‘WITCH HUNT!’ nonsense for so long that a lot of people now believe him. There will be no healing for a generation. Trump has truly broken US politics – it was shaky for a long time, but he’s really broken it.
— Lockdown Letters (@LettersLockdown) March 11, 2021
I'm still scratching my head as to why he didn't face criminal charges over his fake university, and why he got to keep so much of that money.
— Roundtown Girl Again (@RoundtownA) March 11, 2021
It takes years to investigate and take down someone who involvement with TOC. His Presidency was his worst mistake, he only added to what he already going against him. It can take decades to bring down large crime syndicates such as his.
— Truth⚖️Justice2020FactsMatter (@jvals11) March 10, 2021
— Penina (@PeninaD) March 11, 2021
— STOP Voter Suppression by Republicans (@PNWDemocrat) March 11, 2021
Gotti skated his entire life as well. Until he didn’t. Then he dies in prison. Hoping for a repeat of this.
— Lady ligea (@ligea_lady) March 10, 2021
AG James (and Vance) have millions of pages of documents to comb and had to fight numerous courts cases to get access to them.
Fani Willis has incriminating phone calls.
Willis and Fulton deserve credit for moving quickly, but not by taking credit away from AG James.
— Norrth Wakandan-American #FBR #ResistHate (@norrthpier) March 11, 2021
Weren't there also RICO allegations in two class action law suits against Trump, plus MULTIPLE frauds, selling worthless Trump securities, and other fraudelent financial schemes? 2018-2019 lawsuits. What happened to those?
— Jene (@Jene50471551) March 11, 2021
Let us fervently hope that John Dean’s prediction turns out to be true.
To see the American Rescue Plan passed, a new Attorney General confirmed, and Donald Trump finally indicted for his crimes merits the establishment of a new national holiday in some quarters.
As the next step in America’s revitalization and return to normalcy, the indictment of Donald Trump is a long-awaited and necessary move.
We’ve waited this long, so a few more days to achieve our cherished goal is easy to endure at this point.
Original reporting by Joseph Choi at The Hill.
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