This is according to former government official Kash Patel, who served as chief of staff to former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper during the Trump administration. Patel made his thoughts on the matter known during the Sept. 12 episode of the "Thrive Time Show" with host Clay Clark and co-guest Julie Green on Brighteon.TV. (Related: COLLUSION: Biden staffers met with top aide for Special Counsel Jack Smith at the White House before Trump indictment.)
According to Patel, who was a federal public defender before serving in government, he has advised Trump to make "destroying the two-tiered system of justice" in the United States "one of the biggest central planks" of his campaign.
Before Trump's indictments, Patel noted that believing this would have had a person derided as believing in "right-wing conspiracies" or being a "Trump MAGA nut."
"'There's no two-tiered system of justice, no one's unlawfully surveilled, Russiagate that was totally above board, and knocking on people's doors and kicking them down based on their house of worship [doesn't happen],'" said Patel. "But now, when you start adding all of these historic events together and you take an indictment for Donald Trump in New York, in Georgia, in Washington and Florida, everybody is now starting to say, 'Wait a second, this guy's running for president.'"
Patel pointed out that, for the longest time, it has been the policy of the Department of Justice to not pursue any charges or investigations against people running for president "unless you literally commit murder."
"But what people are starting to tune in on is … people in the middle of the road America saying, 'Wait a second, maybe I liked Donald Trump, maybe I don't like him, but you're targeting him because he believed he won the last election? Isn't that what every single politician in U.S. history who got defeated says?'" added Patel. "They're looking at this hypocrisy and they're saying, 'What do you mean you can't challenge the results of an election?'"
He noted that prominent Democrats including former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and current House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries have all publicly made statements questioning the results of elections.
In his recent filings following his indictment in Georgia, Trump has asked the presiding judge to throw out most of the 13 charges against him in the indictment alleging election interference.
Trump and 18 other co-defendants have been accused under Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law, or RICO, of coordinating an effort to thwart the proper certification of the state's 2020 presidential election results. Trump has pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
Trump's filings echo similar filings made by the attorneys of his co-defendants, who claim that the charge of violating Goergia's RICO law seeks to punish activity protected by the First Amendment and fails to sufficiently prove the existence of a racketeering enterprise whose goal was to overturn President Joe Biden's supposed victory in the state.
Perhaps more worryingly, Trump and the attorneys representing him and his co-defendants are arguing that the racketeering conspiracy charge in Georgia is far too broad. The charge laid out by the prosecution could include basically every single person in the country who voted for Trump and who believed that there were certain irregularities in the 2020 election and were also publicly questioning certain official election results.
Such a move could set a precedent for the prosecution of other people who question election results in the future.
"He never advocated violence; he never cried 'fire' in a crowded theater," Trump's lawyers argued in the motion. "If advocacy in court or the legislature is a crime – if it merits being branded a 'racketeer' – there are very few people who will have the courage to risk engaging in such advocacy."
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Watch the full Sept. 12 episode of the "Thrive Time Show" with host Clay Clark and guests Kash Patel and Julie Green discussing Trump and the indictments against him.
The "Thrive Time Show" with Clay Clark airs every Monday to Saturday from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Brighteon.TV.