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"Trump Will Be Indicted" - Yes, But Where?
Boxgate Indictment Likely, But Georgia May Be First, If Not Only
All were focusing on the documents involved in the search of Mar-a-Logo, which some are dubbing "Boxgate," says public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who helped obtain special prosecutors in the original -gate scandal, Watergate.
But Banzhaf joins Alan Dershowitz in suggesting that the federal government under Democratic control will be very reluctant to indict a former president who is also the clear front runner to challenge the Democrats for control of the White House in 2024, and that the first - and perhaps only - indictment of Trump may occur in Georgia where the same "optics" and other political considerations do not apply.
"An Atlanta-area prosecutor's investigation into former President Trump's effort to overturn his 2020 electoral defeat in Georgia poses the most significant legal threat to the former president, legal experts say," reported THE HILL in late July, notes Banzhaf, who may be somewhat biased because it was his detailed complaint which triggered that current criminal investigation of Trump, including the empaneling of a special grand jury and the issuance of subpoenas for many figures close to Trump.
Since then numerous media outlets have reported an acceleration of investigative efforts by Fulton County DA Fani Willis, including demands for the testimony under oath of many Trump aides and confidants in the alleged scheme to undermine the presidential election by "finding" many new votes for Trump in the state.
"The steps her office has taken, including empaneling a special grand jury and subpoenaing high-profile witnesses, are very likely not steps she would have taken if she did not feel there was at least a significant possibility that she will move forward with charges," said one expert, who added that "the stakes in holding Trump accountable for an attack on our democratic system of government couldn't be higher, and the evidence is extremely compelling."
Professor Banzhaf has also cited several additional reasons, including the predictions of many experts, suggesting that Willis will be the first to indict Donald Trump.
So, everyone who feels that Trump must be prosecuted should not put all their eggs into the Mar-a-Lago basket nor even in the Deportment of Justice, counsels the law professor.