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The politics of playing oneself for a fool

Practical Politics

David L. Horne, Ph.D OW Op Ed | 7/2/2020, midnight

Justice William Brennan put the matter this way: “Investigation conducted solely to … punish the investigated, either by publicity or prosecution, is indefensible—it exceeds the congressional power: exposure for the sake of exposure is not legislative inquiry.” The other component, however, is that the Court rarely investigates or questions what Congress’ legislative intent is. If it says there is such intent, usually the Court simply accepts that statement.

The Court also usually accepts the authority of grand jury determinations in criminal matters. So, in both instances, the decision can go either way. What is clear, however, is that a loss in any part of these combined cases will lead directly to Trump’s undoing and a big loss at the ballot box. Mr. Trump will have to become Harry Houdini to escape all this unscathed.

That combined court case decision is expected in a few weeks. But he may be toast well before that decision. In that case, there will be some dancing in the streets and a just end to an unjust election mistake.

Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or non-governmental organization (NGO). It is the stepparent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday.

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