Trump’s Legal Strategy: Lots of Noise, Limited Court Success

Former President Trump’s legal battles have led him to rely on three critical tactics: denounce, disrupt, and delay. Trump’s strategy has helped maintain his appeal among Republicans but has not succeeded in court. Denouncing prosecutors and judges has done little to solve his legal woes. In New York last week, he aimed to disrupt the state’s civil suit against him, but his attempts were largely ignored, and the case moved forward.

His attorneys’ strategy to delay federal criminal cases has also not succeeded. A New York Times-Siena College survey found that a conviction may influence 6% of voters, potentially enough to change the election outcome. Trump could potentially evade accountability if he regains the presidency, so timing is crucial. Despite these efforts, no court has decided whether former presidents are immune from prosecution. Even if they’re expedited, Supreme Court rulings on these matters take time.

Among Trump’s ongoing legal troubles are accusations of improperly retaining classified documents and charges of conspiring to manipulate Georgia’s election result. Even if he loses every legal battle, Trump’s tactics could still have damaging effects, eroding public faith in the rule of law at a terrible cost.

Source: Los Angeles Times


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