Letter: It’s clear there’s only one thing more dangerous to the rule of law than the first Trump presidency

(Lynne Sladky | AP) A Donald Trump supporter stands on a bridge outside the entrance to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. The FBI searched Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said Monday.

What a delicious irony: a former president, who ran on jailing his opponent, interfered with the independence of the Department of Justice, tried to overturn a fair election that he lost, and showed virtually no regard for the rule of law, is now the target of multiple investigations, both civil and criminal.

He uses every stall tactic imaginable, and is even held in contempt before finally sitting down for a court ordered deposition. He then decides it is too risky to tell the truth, so invokes his Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination. And, after stalling and refusing to give up classified documents he has no right to, he has his house searched by the FBI under a legal, specific warrant issued by a federal judge.

And yet, he whines about “witch hunts” and his supporters decry “Gestapo tactics,” “Banana Republic” and Deep State.”

So-called law and order advocates now want to “Defund the FBI.” And predictably, he immediately starts fundraising off his alleged victimization.

Americans of all political stripes should wake up to the fact that the only thing more dangerous to our democracy and the rule of law than a first Trump presidency would be a second one.

Ira Rubinfeld, Springdale

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