Federal judge makes 'noteworthy' prediction about DOJ's possible prosecution of Donald Trump

Federal judge makes 'noteworthy' prediction about DOJ's possible prosecution of Donald Trump
Image via Gage Skidmore.

A senior federal judge in Washington, D.C. speculated in open court about how a prosecution of former President Donald Trump in that jurisdiction could work, CBS News' Scott MacFarlane reported on Tuesday.

"A federal judge said something particularly provocative today," said MacFarlane. "It might have just been speculation. Might have been his musings. But he was unmistakeably noteworthy in his courtroom today."

"The judge is Paul Friedman, one of the senior judges here in Washington, who has handled other high-profile cases, including John Hinckley, the attempted assassin of former President Reagan," said MacFarlane. "Juge Friedman was sentencing Robert Sanford today. Sanford's a Capitol riot defendant from Delaware County, Pennsylvania ... he's a retired firefighter, who pleaded guilty, who the feds say threw a fire extinguisher at police on January 6th, and injured at least two officers in the process. Judge Friedman sentenced Sanford to 52 months in prison, but what he said just before issuing the sentence was uniquely noteworthy."

"He talked about the future, and the future risk, the need for future deterrence," said MacFarlane. "The judge said in so many words, 'There are still people who believe the election was rigged. There are still people who support Donald Trump, though not many showed up at the court in Manhattan," the judge said. Then he added, 'We'll see what happens here at this court when the Justice Department moves in a few months, I suspect.' Speculating about the possibility the former president could be prosecuted by the Justice Department right here in Washington, potentially in the next few months."

"A judge saying that in open court, speculative or otherwise, was unmistakeably noteworthy," said MacFarlane. "But I think here's what's critical. It paralleled another argument we heard today at sentencing. Retired U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, asking for a strict, stern sentence against Robert Sanford, told the judge, there are concerns about a recurrence of January 6th again if too much leniency is shown to the defendants. Saying among other things that in his mind, if the judge were to set Robert Sanford free, and Donald Trump called Sanford back to the Capitol, Sanford would go."

"As we get closer and closer to 2024, there is increasing talk about the risk of recurrence in 2024, among some people in the courthouse," concluded MacFarlane. "And today, there was a federal judge, in open court with reporters in the room, talking about a possible prosecution of Trump."

Watch the report below or at this link.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}
@2023 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by fontsempire.com.