Pelosi on Trump indictment: guilty until 'innocence' is proved

March 31, 2023
Robert Ayers

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just put out a statement in which she admitted the truth about the indictment of former President Donald Trump. 

"No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence," she added. "Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right."

That's just wrong

Pelosi, here, clearly misstated one of the most important principles of America's criminal legal system, namely, that an individual accused of a crime is "innocent until proven guilty."

As a result, "context" has been added to Pelosi's tweet by Twitter.

"Ms. Pelosi mistakenly says that Trump can prove his innocence at trial," it reads. "Law in the US assumes the innocence of a defendant and the prosecution must prove guilt for a conviction."

Pelosi's statement, although wrong, is particularly revealing.

Trump and many others - including some legal experts - have been arguing that the indictment of Trump is nothing more than the political left's weaponization of the justice system to target and remove Trump - its chief political opponent. Pelosi's statement suggests that this is exactly what is going on - that the political left is willing to disregard one of the most important American legal principles if it means getting Trump.

The indictment

Pelosi's statement followed the unprecedented indictment of former President Donald Trump, which was announced on Thursday.

In her statement, Pelosi claimed, "the Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law." Apparently, Pelosi must know something that the American people - at least at the time of this writing - do not.

Thus far, it remains unclear why Alvin Bragg - the Manhattan District attorney who has been linked to leftist billionaire George Soros - indicted Trump. All that is known is that Bragg was investigating alleged "hush money" payments that were made in 2016 by Trump to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Trump denies any wrongdoing. In a statement that he released following the announcement of his indictment, Trump called the indictment "political persecution and election interference at the highest level in history."

Trump wrote:

Never before in our Nation's history has this been done. The Democrats have cheated countless times over the decades, including spying on my campaign, but weaponizing our justice system to punish a political opponent, who just so happens to be a President of the United States and by far the leading Republican candidate for President, has never happened before. Ever.

What now?

Bragg's office has been in talks with Trump's lawyers in order to arrange the surrender of Trump.

Reports indicate that Trump is planning to surrender to the Manhattan District Attorney's office early next week.

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