Former President Donald Trump on Friday responded to special counsel Robert K. Hur’s non-indictment of President Joe Biden by crying foul.
As previously reported, Hur concluded that sitting President Joe Biden had mishandled classified documents but is too senile to be prosecuted.
Speaking at a National Rifle Association event in Pennsylvania, the former president contrasted Hur’s conclusion with his own indictment for mishandling classified documents and called the discrepancy an example of “selective persecution.”
“If Biden is not going to be charged … that’s up to them, but then I should not be charged,” he said. “This is nothing more than selective persecution of Biden’s political opponent, me.”
After Hur’s report was released Thursday, Trump published a formal statement saying something similar, except he used the word “prosecution” instead of “persecution.”
“THIS HAS NOW PROVEN TO BE A TWO-TIERED SYSTEM OF JUSTICE AND UNCONSTITUIONAL SELECTIVE PROSECUTION! The Biden Documents Case is 100 times difference and more severe than mine. I did nothing wrong, and I cooperated far more,” the statement reads.
“What Biden did is outrageously criminal – He had 5o years of documents, 50 times more than I had, and ‘WILLFULLY RETAINED’ them. I was covered by the Presidential Records Act, Secret Service was already around, and GSA delivered the documents. Deranged Jack Smith should drop this Case immediately. ELECTION INTERFERENCE,” the statement continues.
“THIS HAS NOW PROVEN TO BE A TWO-TIERED SYSTEM OF JUSTICE AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL SELECTIVE PROSECUTION! The Biden Documents Case is 100 times different and more severe than mine. I did nothing wrong, and I cooperated far more. What Biden did is outrageously criminal…” pic.twitter.com/DJl0VVodwH
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) February 8, 2024
Trump isn’t alone in feeling that he’s being unfairly prosecuted (or persecuted). Steven Calabresi, a constitutional law professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, shares this view as well.
Writing for Reason magazine, he argued that EVERY SINGLE ONE of the indictments against Trump is patently unfair, including of course the classified documents indictment, which he wrote is a violation of First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause.
“For years, Barack Obama knew that Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, had an insecure personal computer at her home, which she was illegally using to store and exchange highly classified top secret information. Neither Obama nor his Attorney General Loretta Lynch chose to prosecute Clinton for these violations of the criminal law,” Calabresi explained.
“Most recently, President Joe Biden was excused from prosecution for violations of the law concerning classified documents stored in one’s house. Donald Trump, however, does get prosecuted for mishandling classified documents. This is a blatant double standard for Republicans and Democrats on the handling of classified information. Again, Trump is being selectively prosecuted in violation of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause,” he added.
[Steven Calabresi] Donald Trump is the Victim of Selective Prosecution https://t.co/bMqhbrB753
— Volokh Conspiracy (@VolokhC) February 10, 2024
In his piece, Calabresi also targeted the Jan. 6th indictment against Trump, describing it as a “blatantly unfair” violation of the Equal Protection Clause.
“All Trump did on January 6, 2021 was to give his followers a fiery speech and urge them to ‘fight like hell,'” he wrote. “Trump never urged his followers to disrupt the counting of the Electoral votes from each state. Trump had a First Amendment right to give the speech he gave at the Ellipse, and he is again the victim of a selective prosecution in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.”
Calabresi even went after the Stormy Daniels indictment that says Trump had paid the porn star hush money and then not reported it as a campaign expenditure.
“John Edwards, the Vice Presidential running mate along with John Kerry in 2004, had used more than $1 million in campaign money to hide his very own illegitimate affair,” he noted. “Edwards case led to the U.S. Justice Department adopting guidelines against bringing charges about the use of campaign funds to cover up sexual affairs.”
“If John Edwards gets off, then Donald Trump should too. This is another case of selective prosecution based on Trump’s political views to go after him so Alvin Bragg can win a Democratic primary in New York for some higher elective office,” he added.
Dovetailing back to the former president’s “selective persecution” / “selective prosecution” claim, it triggered screeching from leftists.
Biden cooperated. Trump LIED and obstructed justice about classified documents — HUGE difference !
— Tracey Hildebrand (@thilde1971) February 10, 2024
The report goes to great lengths to describe the difference between the two cases.
Most importantly, Biden cooperated, Trump obstructed!
— Aaron Henderson (@AaronHLaw) February 10, 2024
Of course he’s going to say that. It’s “lock him up” until Trump can find someone that remotely does what he does, then it’s let’s all get off scott-free.
My, my what a change, there is truth, facts and then there is intent. If you look past and find intent, you find the truth
— dtruthnow (@dtruth_now) February 10, 2024
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