Colson: Put Trump on trial, no matter what |

Colson: Put Trump on trial, no matter what

John Colson
Hit & Run

Well, the latest broadside of accusations against our former president is an eye-opener, and should be studied by all who care about our national future.

I understand, you may be tired of reading about our erstwhile president who wants to be king.

But the unfortunate truth is he’s still pulling levers, pushing red buttons and desperately determined to get his ass back in the chair behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

Which, as I have written before, cannot be permitted to happen, and Trump must be held legally accountable for what he has done.

The U.S., to be certain, has its inherent problems, most glaringly the fact that this nation was founded on elitism, racism, and various other “isms” that are clearly at odds with the actual words and sentiments expressed in the founding documents that overarch our collective life.

But Trump’s version of history, politics and just about everything are even more horribly at odds with my understanding of who and what the majority of U.S. citizens want to be as a nation.

Take the final report from the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault by Trump’s ragtag army on the architectural and political symbols of our government.

I haven’t read the full report yet, but I’ve ordered my copy and look forward to reading the full text, in all of its nearly 900 pages.

In the meantime, I’ve been perusing various reports and analyses of the document, and it promises to keep my spleen active and alarmed once the thing arrives in my mailbox.

For instance, I’ve been checking out stories detailing the latest text of testimony by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, which has been updated from her initial testimony, which she admitted to the committee was “not fully truthful” due to immense political and financial pressure to be a loyal Trump-world soldier and not tell the truth.

From former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows to the lawyer Stefan Passatino, Hutchinson recounted an intense pressure campaign, including promises of “a really good job in Trump world” if she lied to “protect the boss (Trump)” from the consequences of Trump’s own actions, which she knew in her heart were dishonest, at best, and likely criminal.

Hutchinson was petrified, she told the committee, about the corrupt depths that Trump’s people would stoop to in order to ignore what Trump had repeatedly been told by a host of aides and officials — his insistence that the election had somehow been stolen from him, were all lies in service to his willingness to cancel the election and keep himself in power.

Some say this is just politics, but I disagree — it is far more insidious, corrupt, and criminal than “politics as usual.”

As the committee’s report repeatedly declares, the whole scheme in all its despicable parts was in line with a carefully scripted plan that was hatched months before the 2020 election, with Trump’s knowledge and participation. He and his sycophants knew full well that the election was a safe and secure one, but immediately began trumpeting (yeah, bad pun, but I’m going with it) their deeply dishonest alternative line.

As soon as he knew for certain he had lost to Joe Biden, Trump began pushing The Big Lie, and Hutchinson’s unhappy role as a victim of that lie was just a small part of it all but a telling one, starting with her initial two interviews with the committee.

After being pressured, threatened and generally manhandled to perjure herself, even by the guy who was supposed to represent her interests (Passatino), she realized her lawyer was working on Trump’s behalf and not hers, and fired the guy.

Then she went back to the committee and told the truth, which is what’s in the final report.

Describing the pressure she was under, she said, “I’d seen how vicious they can be … the level they’ll go to to tear somebody else down.”

She knew her career, perhaps even her life, was on the line, and that how she handled it would define her far into the future — and she bravely did the right thing.

She recounted numerous conversations “in which it was clear Trump knew he had lost the election” but  chose to take the low road; the false slates of electoral college electors, the attempts to get state officials to falsify electoral results; and finally the thing that capped this unholy litany of bad acts, sending his bully-boys and -girls to storm the Capitol and stop the certification of the election.

All of this and much more is why he must be banned from ever holding office again, because it is clear that our government, in his hands, would be doomed — and we have no idea what might spring up in its place.

This is an incomplete recitation of Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors and their implications, I admit.

But in the end, the only adequate conclusion to be reached is this — Trump committed obvious crimes and must be prosecuted, put on trial and made to face the music for his anti-American acts and beliefs.