OOften, when it comes to Donald Trump, language alone cannot describe what is happening.
At various points, especially after he has become president, charts or timelines can be a better tool for understanding events.
His May 2017 firing of James Comey, for example, apparently because the FBI director didn’t agree to go easy on General Michael Flynn, who lied to agents about his conversations with a Russian diplomat, led to the creation of the Mueller Probe, which highlighted many of Trump’s lapses and possible obstruction of justice.
Trump would be furious for months at the Mueller report – both claiming he had been exonerated and that it was a witch hunt.
When it came to Trump’s first impeachment, with enthusiasm for such an undertaking among Democrats no doubt heightened after Mueller failed to come up with actionable conclusions, it was often useful to have a list of names to go along with.
What was Rudy Giuliani doing in Kyiv? What was he demanding from this then little ear of leader Volodymyr Zelensky, what was the relevance of Hunter Biden, and whether Democrat Adam Schiff’s team had been tipped off about a whistleblower of Trump’s apparent attempt to pressure Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden in return of military release?
Even with the notes in front of him, it was often difficult to keep up.
Now, once again, we need special props.
On Wednesday morning, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a lawsuit against Trump and his three eldest children, accusing them of financial fraud and alleging that they knowingly misrepresented the value of the Trump Organization’s business interests. over many years.
“The pattern of fraud and deception that has been used by Trump and the Trump Organization for their own financial benefit is staggering,” James said Wednesday morning at a news conference in New York.
“To claim that you have money that you do not have is not the same as business artis the art of theft.”
New York Attorney General Announces Proceedings Against Donald Trump
James wants $250 million in assets back, Trump’s three eldest sons barred from holding office, and Trump himself barred from doing any business in the city or state for five years, something that should annoy and infuriate a man. born in the city, and whose arrogance often seems to typify New York tycoons of the 1970s or 1980s.
Trump was quick to dismiss the lawsuit as an effort by James to harass him and his family, accusing her of going after him for political reasons and describing his announcement as “the culmination of nearly three years of persistent, targeted and unethical political harassment.” . .
The lawsuit alone looks bad for Trump and his family, accusing the man who posed as a successful businessman in The Apprenticeof falsehoods and dishonesty.
But James’ lawsuit isn’t Trump’s only challenge, and that’s where we might need the help of a cross-Venn diagram, or even an old-fashioned board game like Risk.
As James passes his findings on to the court and other prosecutors, it’s important to remember that Trump faces many, many more problems.
In August, FBI agents raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida mansion, where they took hundreds of classified and classified documents that the former president was allegedly not supposed to have kept after leaving the White House.
The investigation being conducted by the Department of Justice is carrying out its investigations into a search warrant for possible breach of the Espionage Act. So far, Trump has been unable to find a plausible reason why he still had these documents, other than what he wanted.
It is unclear how Trump gets out of this. For now, an independent adviser, or special master, is reviewing documents seized by the FBI to determine whether any of them may be privileged.
Most legal experts said such an examination is unnecessary and the Trump team’s request for one is widely seen as a delay tactic.
And that’s not your only pressing problem.
Next week, the committee investigating the January 6 attacks on the US Capitol, an episode for which Trump has been accused for a second time, will meet to deliver a report and announce any possible escalations.
Poll data has shown that these carefully curated presentations have undermined Trump’s standing among Republicans, a growing number of whom are at least ready to consider voting for someone else, even as Trump himself seems adamant he will run again.
One thing intersects each of these various things – Donald Trump himself and his apparent belief that normal rules and laws don’t apply to him.
Trump was repeatedly dropped before several scandals just to bounce back.
It could very well be your escape from it all too. But for now, it looks like the wall is closing in.