Michael Gaynor
Elections can be 'stolen' in many ways, and the 2020 U.S. presidential election is a 'perfect' example
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By Michael Gaynor
August 7, 2023

In June 2016, Special Counsel Jack Smith earned the dubious distinction of being unanimously reversed 9 to 0 by the United States Supreme Court in the fatally flawed prosecution of Republican former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell.

That embarrassment did not stop President Biden's Attorney General Merrick Garland from appointing Smith to oversee politically-charged Justice Department criminal investigations into former President Donald J. Trump's relationship to the January 6, 2021, protest at the United States Capitol, as well as an investigation involving alleged mishandling of government records, including classified documents.

In June 2023, Smith obtained a 37-count indictment in the records case.

The Presidential Records Act may render that indictment baseless, but it is an open question, and it will be months, if not years, before the United States Supreme Court may be asked to decide and the indictment certainly is a distraction to Trump's current presidential campaign and yet not necessarily a blessing to the Biden presidential campaign because Americans are vigilant when it comes to two-tiered "justice."

Meanwhile, that case is costing United States taxpayers lots of money and Trump personally time and money, as well as interfering with the upcoming 2024 elections, particularly the presidential election which now looks like a rematch of Trump-Biden 2020 with the roles of incumbent and challenger reversed.

This month (August 2023) the investigation into the relationship between Trump and the January 6 protest resulted in a 4-count indictment against Trump predicated upon the preposterous proposition that Trump actually believed that he had lost the 2020 presidential election to Biden but nonetheless lied about it.

Trump has consistently maintained that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.

Let's look at the definition of the word steal.

Merriam-Webster tells us that "steal" is a transitive verb meaning "to take away by force or unjust means" and offers "they've stolen our liberty" as illustrative.

Recent events have shown that the telephone call between President Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky on which the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives impeached (and the United States Senate acquitted) then-President Trump was at least not a proper basis for impeachment, if not precisely "a perfect phone call."

Remember that the so-called mainstream media treated the Hunter Biden laptop in 2020 just before election as a Russian disinformation ploy even though it was genuine (a fact that is no longer disputed) and polls after the election show that Trump would have won if the voters had known the truth about the laptop, instead of accepting Biden's lie that it was "Russian disinformation."

Despite Laura Ingraham's repeated public calls for Trump to stop talking about the 2020 election having been stolen, Trump did not.

It was not to frustrate Laura. It was because he genuinely believed it was stolen, and in more than one way he's been right.

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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)

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