Democrats who were going after former President Donald Trump with a number of lawsuits are doomed to disappointment.
Legal experts quoted by The Hill say that Trump’s team succeeded with a strategy to drag out the proceedings or “run out the clock,” or by making emergency appeals to the Supreme Court.
Now that Trump is out of office, two major emoluments cases against Trump have been dismissed by the Supreme Court, and the efforts to obtain his personal financial and tax records have been complicated.
Stacking legal wins
These are significant wins for Trump as not only does he rid himself of the expense and hassle of politically motivated lawsuits, but it frees him up to focus on the upcoming Senate impeachment trial.
Trump’s strategy in dealing with the numerous lawsuits he faced has attracted a fair amount of criticism from seething Democrats and leftists.
Steven Schwinn, a law professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told The Hill, “The administration foot-dragged and played the courts in very different ways in these cases. But the bottom line was always the same: drag these disputes out in court and effectively achieve their policy goals.”
The government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which filed a lawsuit against Trump, told The Hill, “While going to court and taking advantage of available procedures can be appropriate. The Trump administration’s moves seemed calculated to run out the clock so his abuses would not be addressed while he was president. It was a cynical and damaging strategy.”
What is really cynical and damaging is embracing a philosophy of resistance at any cost against President Trump. Trump beat the left at their own game, and now they are resentful of it.
Impeachment trial looming
While Trump is no longer in office, it is still in his best interest to fight this second impeachment trial to defend his legacy.
The odds of Trump running for president in 2024 are low, but that isn’t what impeachment is about. Democrats want to ensure Trump won’t be back, but they also want get their revenge after four years under Trump.
Impeachment is purely political, and Democrats have been trying to obstruct and destroy Trump for any reason they could find. But with Democrats only holding a bare majority in the Senate, an impeachment conviction appears unlikely at this point.
Senators are now considering pursuing a motion to censure Trump instead, which would not require a two-thirds vote. But it’s unclear whether censure would stop Trump from holding office again.