How could President Trump avoid going to prison?

Why Trump is Panicking
Why Prison Could Loom for Trump
How That Could Play Out
Would Trump Wait for That to Happen?
A Method that could be Used to Flee Justice

A Presidential Pardon Does no Work for State Crimes
Russia’s Gain and Our Loss
Law Enforcement Authorities: Please be Aware

Law enforcement agencies: Am I the only one wondering about this? I hope this doesn’t happen, but if things go just wrong for Trump, might he try to avoid prosecution by fleeing the country? Before you think this is crazy, read on. I lay it out.

I used to be a forensic psychiatric social worker, worked with felons. Trump is setting off alarms in in my head—well, he has for years.

And if a President of the U.S. were to seek asylum in another country, information he has from being President could harm the United States.

Nancy Pelosi shaking her finger at Trump; Trump behind bars; New York State Attorney General Leticia James.
Nancy Pelosi shakes her finger at Trump; Donald Trump; New York State Attorney General Leticia James.
Why Trump is Panicking

Have you noticed how Trump is bouncing off the walls trying to create any incident or view that will either get him re-elected or give him any even-fake reason to challenge an election he loses?

Notice his maneuverings that are interfering with mail-in ballots? His accusations against Biden and Harris? Name calling? Notice his mad rush to instill a new U.S. Supreme Court justice, even though Republicans made such a big deal about how wrong late term confirmations were? Notice how he is now interfering with the essence of democracy, itself, in refusing to commit—even indicating he will interfere with the peaceful exchange of power due to an election?

That’s partly because his narcissistic personality disorder, I think, where he actually believes he deserves to be President and can’t be challenged—but partly because if he is at some time no longer the President, he can actually be charged or arrested in crimes that could send him to jail.

The wannabe dictator as the former could not stand the public shame of the latter.

Why Prison Could Loom for Trump

Here’s the thinking:

  • Trump breaks the law (see here), and if he’s anything like Michael Cohen shares in Disloyal, I wouldn’t be surprised. Cohen was Trump’s “fixer” lawyer. He wrote from prison and related Trump as like a mob boss and himself as like a made man. Cohen may be mixing truth with lies to minimize key issues and exaggerate others—believe a fraction of what he says—but I came up with similar psychopathic / narcissistic conclusions for Trump years ago.
  • Trump has already gained the interest of states in criminal prosecution.
  • The U.S.S.C. says his tax records can be had.
  • Many of his associates have criminal records, now, prosecutions hanging over their heads, or reasons to rat him out.
  • A presidential pardon, if he can get one, doesn’t cover state crimes (see below).
  • Trump does not have immunity from prosecution when he’s out of office.

Trump is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he has lawyers around him who are brilliant, if not always ethical. The lawyers can think of things. Trump may not listen.

But there is no doubt they’ve told Trump he may face criminal prosecution for something, or many things, if he loses this election, 11/3/20. I do not know, but news reports suggest things that could be prosecuted on a state level, such as New York, may possibly include but not be limited to

  • Income tax evasion
  • Fraud
  • Racketeering
  • Extortion
  • Witness tampering
Trump could avoid prosecution by fleeing the country. In this picture, he sees himself as fucked.
The Daily Show’s take on Trump Trouble.
How That Could Play Out

It could be such as…when Trump leaves the White House or other place when no longer president, officials take him into custody immediately expecting him to flee, or for some level of law enforcement to take him into custody at any time after that, from a residence, golf course, business, where ever.

Would Trump Wait for That to Happen?

If he thinks he’s invincible, he may think it’ll never happen, so just bully on.

If he fears the intolerable public scorn of prison, he may flee to avoid.

Trump is a narcissist. That doesn’t mean sleazy; it’s a psychological diagnosis, and it’s hard to call what he may do in this situation. He thinks he’s the one who is right and he can’t stand being made to look bad—so the lawyers are wrong as he may feel he’s too powerful—yet going to prison would be impossible criticism to tolerate.

His thinking could progress, such as

  • for Trump to think he’s invincible for now, but if he loses the election to begin fearing prosecution more, then seek to flee justice; or
  • for Trump to avoid even the possibility of losing the election by resigning beforehand.

It is also possible that nothing comes of any of this.

Non-shit happens, too.

A Method that could be Used to Flee Justice

I do not know the details of his life. I don’t know who private confederates are, who he can extort, blackmail, where there may be private bank accounts or jets, etc, or what resources he may have in a drawer.

Donald Trump getting off Air Force One; Trump and Putin.
President Trump of U.S.A. and President Putin of Russia.

I do know Trump and Putin have been girlfriends for years.

One way Trump could avoid prison, if he thinks Vice President Pence would pardon him, Trump, before 1/20/21, could take Air Force One or other jet to a country friendly to him, like Russia, get off the plane, secure himself, then by prior arrangement with Pence, resign his office from there. New President Pence pardon Trump for all offenses.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, running for President and Vice President.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for the White House, 2020.

Lord knows that if Biden is elected, he will not pardon Trump. Pence is his only hope for this.

BUT…

A Presidential Pardon Does not Work for State Crimes

A presidential pardon is only for federal crimes. U.S. Dept. of Justice pardon instructions, item #2:

So a presidential pardon cannot prevent states from filing state charges for other things, come at him same as they would for Al Capone or some other mobster.

A mob boss going to prison for income tax evasion may not be a conviction for his most serious crimes, but prison is still prison.

Russia’s Gain and Our Loss

Russia’s gain and our loss… I don’t mean the man

I mean information about the United States.

Even though I think Trump is not a good man, he is and has, nonetheless, been President of the U.S., and he knows a whale of a lot of national procedures and secrets.

Him seeking asylum in Russia, or anywhere else, and then having to feed the sharks there, could result in untold damage to the United States.

That could harm the country. That’s what I seek to prevent.

Law Enforcement Authorities: Please be Aware

I fear Trump could flee to avoid prison. I don’t know that he will, and I do love to be wrong at times like this, but I do think it’s something to guard against.

I’m guessing law enforcement agencies know a whale of a lot more than I and have more experience guessing and catching than I. I’m just sharing something I’ve been concerned about.

I wish you good speed, here. Best to you.

Posted by:Jenna Ware

Widow of Joseph F. Ware Jr., Dept. Mgr. Engineering Flight Test, Skunk Works, Lockheed (2 Air Force Ones, U-2, SR-71...); former NSA, NSOC, NSGA, Ft. Meade, MD; former forensic psychiatric social worker, MSW, LCSW; pilot, ATP/CFI; co-founder Ware Lab, Virginia Tech; asking for equality for all, including our sexuality; transsexual, 1981; author of "Shadow Life," sharing dangers of hiding trans person sexuality so others don't make the same mistakes I did.

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