Political consultant says actions by Jack Smith and state prosecutors could "boomerang"

 August 31, 2023

Many in the Democratic Party have welcomed the indictments brought against former President Donald Trump by Special Counsel Jack Smith as well as district attorneys in New York and Georgia.

However, some observers contend that those cases may blow up any remaining faith in the country's legal system. 

Political consultant says charges "could boomerang"

One of them is former Pennsylvania political campaign consultant Keith Naughton, who recently said  "prosecutors are making serious mistakes that could boomerang on them and bolster Trump."

Naughton put that contention forward in an article published by The Hill on Wednesday. He wrote that "failing to take Trump’s context into account is just plain foolish."

Specifically, Naughton noted that Smith and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis "appear to be treating their respective prosecutions like any other criminal trial: throw every charge you can at the target(s) and figure some of them have to stick."

That strategy carries the potential for Trump to be acquitted on at least some charges. According to Naughton, this possibility "muddies the waters" politically as his prosecution would lose "legitimacy."

Writer predicts that "prosecutions are headed for a messy, divisive conclusion"

"A mixed verdict would be a mess, but even more divisive would be mostly guilty, followed by Trump losing in 2024, followed by a successful appeal by Trump on any serious charge —particularly if any Democratic-appointed judge sides with Trump," Naughton continued.

"If Trump wins his appeal with a Democrat or two voting with him (or even unanimously), the standing of the Justice Department would be wrecked with Trump voters and severely damaged with the ideological middle," he predicted.

"All in all, the Trump prosecutions are headed for a messy, divisive conclusion," Naughton stressed, adding, "Smith and Willis are taking significant risks by robotically pursuing the same old prosecutorial playbook."

What's more, Naughton highlighted the disparity between how the Department of Justice (DOJ) has treated Trump and the sweetheart plea deal it offered to Hunter Biden.

Hunter Biden plea deal makes Democratic rhetoric "ring very hollow"

"Failing to pay more than $1 million in taxes puts him in the much-loathed top 1 percent of Americans," Naughton said of the younger Biden.

"And any violation of federal gun laws, considered far too lax by Democrats, is another deadly sin," the political strategist pointed out.

The obvious double standard becomes glaring "when [the] DOJ tries to let the president’s son skate, let alone escape charges on crimes that would leave Democrats braying for prison time for anyone else."

Naughton thus complained that "Democratic sanctimony over the rule of law and the principle that no one is above the law ring very hollow."

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