Trump’s ‘Most Important Speech Ever’ Is Desperate Bid To Avoid Prosecution
In recorded statements Wednesday, Donald Trump reiterated the false claims of election fraud that he and his allies have so often repeated, but never substantiated with so much as a scrap of evidence. He declared it his most important speech ever, and in it, he admitted his true goal: to avoid prosecution.
The full video is here, and be warned, it’s more than 45 minutes of Trump repeating the same false claims that have already been dismissed from courts and debunked by fact-checkers, and whining about being the victim of unfairness. He complained about Dominion voting machines, expressed concern that “we don’t know” who owns Dominion (it’s not true — Trump may not know, but the ownership is public information and Ellines has an entire profile here on CEO and founder John Poulos) and grumbled about the Georgia voting protocols that protect privacy.
Statement by Donald J. Trump, The President of the United States
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2020
HuffPost‘s analysis of the speech noted that it was filmed in the White House, and that it’s unclear whether the speech — partisan and full of lies — was recorded by government employees, on the taxpayer’s dime.
However, CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins focused in on something specific. At about the 22-minute mark, Trump turns from complaining about losing the election to complaining about being investigated for criminal allegations.
The driver behind Trump's latest pardon talk is a fear he'll be prosecuted once he's out of office. In his recorded address, he says, "I hear that the same people who failed to get me in Washington have sent every piece of information to NY so that they can try to get me there."
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 2, 2020
I’ve been investigated from soon after I was running for president,” Trump says. “The investigations never stopped. They went on for four years. And I won them all. I beat them all. Russia Russia Russia!” It should be noted that Robert Mueller’s investigation found numerous incidents of Trump and his campaign communicating with Russian operatives as Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and a prosecutor from the team expects that Trump must be indicted after Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Trump went on to complain that information from Federal investigations has been turned over to SDNY, where he’ll likely be indicted soon after he leaves office. Though Trump has reportedly been seeking information on pardoning himself and his family and associates, a Federal pardon is no protection at the state level.
It’s not clear that remaining in office is sufficient protection against coming charges and civil cases, either. However, Trump’s “most important speech ever” suggests that this might be the straw he’s desperately grasping for — a four-year deferral, an extra term to try to build some kind of barrier against the coming legal storm.