It’s already on record that the President of the United States would like to get rid of certain freedoms guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. He seems to be bothered about such things as:
- Freedom of Speech. He doesn’t like anyone saying bad things about him, and he took away John Brennan’s security clearance because Brennan criticized him in public.
- Freedom of the Press. He thinks the press are “the enemy of the people” and they should not be able to print whatever they want.
- Due Process Under the Law. He thinks that he should be able to imprison immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. without having to bother with giving them a fair trial.
And now, after it appears that the president will be facing great legal jeopardy because his former lawyer made a plea deal where he will be giving incriminating information to federal prosecutors, Trump wants to do away with “flipping.” That is, he wants to make it illegal for people facing prosecution to cooperate with the government in exchange for a reduced sentence.
“It’s called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal.” President Trump is suggesting that it should be illegal for people facing prosecution to co-operate with the government in exchange for a reduced sentence.”
"It's called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal." President Trump is suggesting that it should be illegal for people facing prosecution to co-operate with the government in exchange for a reduced sentence. https://t.co/3c2C7gv0Ts
— CNBC (@CNBC) August 23, 2018
Trump went on “Fox & Friends” and heavily criticized his former lawyer, saying that Cohen is wrongly implicating him in his crimes so he can cut a better deal with prosecutors and reduce his jail time. According to the president, “Cohen makes a better deal when he uses me.” He said he believes that people who decide to co-operate with law enforcement when they are being charged with crimes ” just make up stories” and “just make up lies.”
When discussing their ability to get lenient treatment because of their cooperation with prosecutors, the president said: “It’s called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal. It’s not a fair thing.”
So now we can add “flipping” to the list of rights of Americans that Donald Trump wants to toss on the trash heap as he slouches toward the creation of an authoritarian government made in his own image.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.