Trump delaying his trials might not be the win he thinks it is

Trump delaying his trials might not be the win he thinks it is

Donald Trump’s success in delaying his trials has garnered lots of attention. Criminal proceedings in the Jan. 6 election subversion case—arguably the biggest threat Trump faces before Election Day—remain in an indefinite holding pattern while the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and likely the Supreme Court, weigh Trump’s claim to have presidential immunity from criminal prosecution. 

Pundits and analysts have approached the notion that voters might ultimately cast their ballots in the November election without knowing the outcome in any of Trump’s 91 criminal indictments with an air of trepidation. 

Reality-based voters believe that if Trump is reelected, he will abuse his power to quash his legal liabilities. And in that sense, justice delayed would truly be justice denied.

But in terms of electoral outcomes this November, the conventional wisdom holds that Trump facing trial ahead of Election Day would redound to the benefit of President Joe Biden. 

As ABC News’ Jonathan Karl pointed out on this week’s ”Hacks on Tap” podcast, the parade of horribles about Trump’s behavior on Jan. 6 would all come to light via testimony from Trump insiders such as his former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and his deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino. 

“It’s a devastating portrait of Donald Trump,” said Karl, who has reported extensively on the evidence against Trump. “When these guys are forced to speak under oath, and they talk about Trump’s behavior after the election, in November of 2020, and the days leading up to Jan. 6 and on Jan. 6 itself, as the Capitol is under attack … it is devastating.”

But truth be told, nothing guarantees a Trump conviction would actually play better for Biden and worse for Trump.

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