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Innocent Until Proven Guilty
The presumption of innocence is a legal principle that every person accused of any crime is considered innocent until proven guilty. Under the presumption of innocence, the legal burden of proof is thus on the prosecution, which must present compelling evidence to the trier of fact (a judge or a jury).If the prosecution does not prove the charges true, then the person is acquitted of the charges. – Wikipedia
The accused is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law based solely on the evidence presented and argued by both the defense and the state’s attorney, before a jury of one’s peers. When the accused has not been Mirandized the case is usually thrown out. When evidence is obtained illegally it’s said to be tainted as fruit of the poisonous tree and it too is thrown out.
What baffles me even today is how the laws of the United States are tossed aside or ignored by the law makers of our great nation while other laws are selectively enforced only when it’s convenient. To put it another way, there is a saying, when the shoe is put on the other foot things are different. Maybe that is only true in politics?
An investigation should be a fact gathering process, not subject to public play-by-play “episodes” such as we see in the Congressional Theatreatrics of the past 6 years unless the accused is named Trump then it becomes all bets are off and anything goes.
Take January 6th, 2021 during the final phase of the election process was underway on Capitol Hill the efforts of a group of people began to disrupt the process and make it look as if President Trump had riled up his MAGA base to execute a pre-planned attack on Congress and you had to be there or watching it on live television to know what really happened. Even then as things were being shook up and panic mode set in full chaos ensued as the full body of Congress was swiftly moved to a place of safety.
From that moment members of Congress assumed (you know how that works, right) that President Trump was guilty and should assume (that word again) full responsibility for his actions of inciting an insurrection against the “Temple of Democracy” (as Nancy Pelosi put it) as she ordered chain link fencing to be installed around the Capitol Building and handpicked National Guardsmen (non-Trumpers) manning the access points and patrolling the “perimeter”.
And now that the ball was rolling Congress commissioned the J6 Committee and hand selected House members, even appointing Republican Representative Liz Chaney of Wyoming as Chairwoman. On the surface we saw the activation of law enforcement identifying, hunting down and apprehending MAGA folks who were at the J6 DC rally, as well as those identified as having gone to or inside the Capitol. The mandate of the J6 Committee was to prove the guilt of Trump and his followers of the charge of insurrection (Insurrection is when the leader of a nation is overthrown).
It is impossible to look at the 4 years of the Trump administration without seeing the continual battle by sitting members of Congress who publically and verbally opposed, disrespected and sought Trump to step down by accusations, Impeachments, intimidation and threats against the First Family and members of the Trump administration. Trump was heavily criticized for crusading to secure our nation’s border and his efforts to combat the Chinese Virus. During the final days of Trump’s presidency House Speaker Pelosi even contacted Trump’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs with instructions about preventing Trump access to the “nuclear football”, citing he was unfit as Commander in Chief.
For the past 2 years we have seen the constant J6 Committee hearings on CSPAN and national news and social media outlets drilling into the public consciousness the evils of Trump culminating on January 6th. It’s clear that the court of public opinion has been gas lit, tainted (if you will) by the congressional poisonous tree. – RTM