Donald Trump’s consistently antagonistic public commentary is infamous, and former prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, whose time in federal service included a stint on the Mueller investigation, is wondering why there’s been no related motion in Trump’s Georgia criminal case to revoke his bond.
On Wednesday, the prosecutor behind that case — Fani Willis — asked that the bond for Trump co-defendant Harrison Floyd be revoked, sending him back to jail if the judge eventually agrees. Willis cited Floyd’s public commentary targeting various individuals connected to the case, something in which Trump has also engaged. “Equal Treatment?” Weissmann asked. “Let’s say you agree with the below motion to revoke Floyd’s bail, how is it that the same motion has not been made as to defendant Donald J. Trump, who has engaged in at least as threatening conduct and indirect communications as that alleged against Floyd?”
Trump regularly speaks in public, whether online or in speeches, about his various court cases. Though he didn’t include Willis by name, Trump recently said, for instance, that all the individuals opposing him across his court challenges will “end up, because of their suffering from a horrible disease, TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME (TDS!), in a Mental Institution by the time my next term as President is successfully completed.” He did name Jack Smith, the special counsel handling both of his federal cases — also for some reason naming Weissmann, who’s no longer actually active in government.
And Trump also recently promised to “root out” the “vermin” he identified as various political opponents of his, spurring concerning comparisons to Nazi leaders’ rhetoric.
In the election case brought by Smith, a proposed gag order that would block the former president from public attacks on the special counsel, witnesses, and others remains suspended and under dispute with an appeals court. Smith, meanwhile, has been directly connecting Trump to the violence at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, arguing even Trump’s post-presidency expressions of support for rioters are part of the context relevant to his alleged conspiracies.
Let’s say you agree with the below motion to revoke Floyd’s bail, how is it that the same motion has not been made as to defendant Donald J. Trump, who has engaged in at least as threatening conduct and indirect communications as that alleged against Floyd? https://t.co/AMZJEfqkGV
— Andrew Weissmann (weissmann11 on Threads)🌻 (@AWeissmann_) November 15, 2023