Chris Talgo: Trump indictments are political, show two-tiered justice system

Chris Talgo

Chris Talgo

Since leaving the White House in January 2021, former President Donald Trump has become public enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the Department of Justice and several district attorneys.

To date, Trump has been charged with 34 felonies by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for falsifying business records. The 45th president faces more than 40 felony counts in the investigation concerning classified documents at his Florida home in Mar-a-Lago. And he has been charged with four felonies by Special Counsel Jack Smith for his role in the Jan. 6 incident. Trump is also expected to be charged for his role in the supposed plot to overturn the Georgia election results.

If convicted on just a few of these charges, Trump could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Trump is the only former (or current) president to be charged with criminal activity. Coincidentally or not, Trump is the only president to be impeached twice.

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A strong argument can be made that most of these charges are political in nature.

Consider the charges levied by Bragg, who boasted during his campaign that he would leave no stone unturned in his quest to charge Trump. The case Bragg is prosecuting was not pursued by his predecessor or the Federal Election Commission.

As for Special Counsel Jack Smith, his conviction on bribery charges levied against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was overturned by the Supreme Court.

And while the Justice Department and district attorneys pull out all the stops to put Trump behind bars, they conveniently downplay and slow walk investigations against Trump’s political opponents.

The Justice Department refused to seek charges against former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for deleting 33,000 government emails or her attempt to smear her 2016 opponent, Trump, with the false Steele dossier.

Most incredibly, the Justice Department has refused to investigate appropriately Hunter Biden and his father, President Joe Biden, aka the “Big Guy,” even as the evidence of Hunter’s shady deals with foreign governments — including China, Russia and Ukraine — increases daily. According to recent whistleblower testimony, the Justice Department intervened and prevented a robust investigation into a bevy of alleged crimes perpetuated by Hunter Biden.

And lest we forget Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop, which allegedly documents a litany of crimes? Unbelievably, Hunter was recently offered a sweetheart plea deal in which he would avoid a single day of jail time.

Meanwhile, the GOP-led investigation into the Biden family reveals suspicious activity pertaining to banking transactions from foreign oligarchs. This comes on top of bombshell testimony by Hunter’s business partner, Devon Archer, who acknowledged that then-Vice President Biden had contact with Hunter’s overseas business clients.

Fortunately, the American people see through this charade. A recent poll suggests the vast majority of Republicans, and half of all Americans, believe the wave of charges against Trump is “politically motivated.”

On the other hand, a recent poll shows about half of Americans believe Hunter Biden is being given preferential treatment.

The U.S. justice system has been corrupted and weaponized. Trump is just one example. This should be disconcerting to all Americans, regardless of political affiliation. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Justice cannot be for one side alone but must be for both.”

Talgo is the editorial director at The Heartland Institute in suburban Chicago: He wrote this for


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