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Morning Joe: ‘Harmful’ to Prosecute Trump, Would possibly Flee Nation!

Like a NASCAR winner doing donuts, the smoke have to be pouring off the tires of Joe Scarborough’s automobile. As a result of on at present’s Morning Joe, Scarborough pulled a screeching, rubber-burning, 180. Simply final week, we famous Scarborough demanding that President Trump “be arrested at present. He ought to be despatched to jail at present for riot.”

However on at present’s present, Scarborough abruptly modified course, warning in opposition to prosecuting President Trump. Mentioned Scarborough:

“My concern has at all times been, we go down this street, then we’re are criminalizing politics . . . Can we not must maintain that in thoughts. Can we not must be cognizant of that truth: that if we do jail a president, even when he deserves to be in jail, that we start down a harmful street?”

On the panel was visitor Tom Rogers, a former NBC Cable president and creator of a Newsweek article, “A 10 Level Information to the Prosecution of Donald Trump.” Rogers proposed prosecuting President Trump on the state/native, slightly than the federal, degree. He stated {that a} prosecution by the Biden Justice Division would invariably be seen as searching for “revenge.”

Joe Scarborough Tom Rogers MSNBC Morning Joe 1-12-21However Rogers then added this prediction:

“If he’s indicted . . .  I believe there’s a likelihood he would flee the nation. Go to a rustic that we’ve no extradition treaty with, with a pleasant president, possibly like Brazil.”

Joe Scarborough warning that prosecuting President Trump would take the nation down a “harmful street,” and Tom Rogers predicting that an indicted President Trump may flee the nation was sponsored partly by Allstate, TD Ameritrade, and Sleep Quantity.

Here is the transcript. Click on “broaden” to learn extra. 

MSNBC
Morning Joe
1-12-21
6:46 am ET

JOE SCARBOROUGH: We’ve heard on the finish of the final couple of presidencies, folks on the opposite aspect speaking about desirous to prosecute. You had some Democrats urging the prosecution of George W. Bush for battle crimes within the Iraq battle. There have been, in fact, Republicans urging the identical for Barack Obama. 

And now we get to the top of the Trump presidency, and naturally, my God, there’s a laundry checklist of issues that Donald Trump may very well be prosecuted for. Each the federal degree and the state degree. However my concern has at all times been, we go down this street, then we’re are criminalizing politics. And other people begin understanding that if I lose this election, I might find yourself in jail. 

I perceive that Donald Trump is an exception to all exceptions. However will we not must maintain that in thoughts. Can we not must be cognizant of that truth: that if we do jail a president, even when he deserves to be in jail, that we start down a harmful street?

. . . 

TOM ROGERS: As you have stated many occasions, it is a cult of persona. And given the truth that is a cult of persona, I believe we’ve to go after him as an individual, not as the top of a political motion. 

I believe if the Biden Justice Division prosecutes him in presidential acts, it is invariably going to be trying as if they’ve political revenge. 

And as an alternative we have to elevate the prosecution of him as an individual, with state and native prosecutors taking the lead on what regarded like an enormous variety of tax evasion, cash laundering, unlawful company funds, financial institution fraud. There’s so much there. 

And if he could be seen to be nothing greater than a convicted felon, a white-collar legal, an entire [inaudible] on that foundation, I believe we’ve a way of detaching way more of that Republican constituency, which nonetheless appears to imagine on this man.

. . . 

Effectively, one factor he stated a lot of months in the past was, think about if I lose. I might need to go away the nation. I truly assume if he’s indicted right here for the type of legal acts I’m speaking about, and clearly they should be pursued with full due course of and equity. But when he’s, I believe there’s a likelihood he would flee the nation. Go to a rustic that we’ve no extradition treaty with, with a pleasant president, possibly like Brazil.

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