The FBI recovered some 11,000 documents—United States property—from Donald Trump’s Mir-a-Lago home/hotel. In Donald J. Trump v. United States of America, the former president petitioned for a Special Master to look into the claim that revealing the content of certain seized document would violate his rights of “executive” and “client privilege.”
Citing “extraordinary circumstances,” federal district judge Aileen M. Cannon ruled that, “Plaintiff’s former position as President of the United States, (puts) the stigma associated with the (FBI’s) subject seizure . . . in a league of its own. A further indictment . . . would result in reputational harm of a decidedly different order of magnitude.”
It came as no surprise to sophomore law students when an Eleventh Circuit Court three judge panel slapped down Judge Cannon’s decision.
Still, America’s justice system is heavily weighted to favor some and punish others. For falsifying results of one urinalysis, a foolish young man served over two years in federal prison. Given Donald Trump’s bottomless pockets, had a five-hundred-dollar-an-hour lawyers argued that conviction might result in a “stigma” or “reputational harm” to his client, would the judge have ruled differently?
For driving seventy on a fifty-five-mile-an-hour highway, I faced a judge and paid a fine. If the State Trooper had discovered Donald Trump, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, or Kevin McCarthy behind the wheel, would he have considered “stigma” or “reputational harm” in issuing or not issuing a citation?
Lady Justice is blindfolded and holds a scale. Shifty lawyers and prejudiced jurists notwithstanding, no one is above the law. No one!
“EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW” is chiseled over the portico of the Supreme Court building. It’s the glue that holds America’s democracy together. Without it come anarchy or dictatorship.
Ex-president Trump’s rants since the FBI’s August 8 search his Lar-a-Lago home/hotel, with the documents recovered, beam a spotlight beneath the reach of Donald’s mental illness.
I’ve written this before, but the potentially devastating impact on America’s Democracy of Donald Trump’s “Malignant Personality Disorder” (NPD) cannot be enough repeated or overstated.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5) defines (NPD) as, “a persistent manner of grandiosity, a continuous desire for admiration, along with a lack of empathy. It starts in early adulthood and occurs in a range of situations, as signified by the existence of any 5 of the next 9 standards,
- A grandiose logic of self-importance
- A fixation with fantasies of infinite success, control, brilliance, beauty or idyllic love
- A credence that he or she is extraordinary and exceptional and can only be understood by, or should connect with, other extraordinary or important people or institutions
- A desire for unwarranted admiration
- A sense of entitlement
- Interpersonal oppressive behavior
- No form of empathy
- Resentment of others or a conviction that others are resentful of him or her
Nine for nine folks! A slam-dunk!
DSM5 does not define “Malignant Narcissism.” Campbell’s Psychiatric Dictionary describes it as combining characteristics of Narcissistic and Antisocial Personality Disorders with aggression and paranoia, making the patient not only delusional but potentially dangerous!
If DSM5 and NPD sound like smart-assed talk of psychiatric wonks, observe and think for yourself. Remember the railroad crossing warning: stop, look, listen!
At risk of overtaxing the metaphor, is Donald’s Express blinded by its own luster? Does it see itself as the locomotive commanding the tracks? Does it feel admired and entitled? Does it feel resented and unappreciated? Does it give a damn who it injures or kills‽
When we observe and think, it’s a no brainer.
In a hearing to determine if a special master should review items the DOJ seized from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home/hotel, over-paid lawyers made the really dumb assertion that the documents in Trump’s possession were analogous to an “overdue-library-book.”
The fact is, foregoing the formality of checking the “book” out, ex-president Trump stole rare and sensitive documents, with no intention of returning them—ever!