by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Trump-hating Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus isn’t happy. She wants a swifter witch hunt.
In a column headlined, “Slowpoke federal appeals court puts 2024 election in jeopardy,” Marcus laments what she considers to be the slow pace of justice in the federal case alleging that former President Trump plotted to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Trump has argued he is entitled to absolute immunity from criminal prosecutions involving actions he took as president. It’s an “audacious” defense, Marcus snarls. But the columnist insists it’s “bordering on unconscionable” that a federal appeals panel has yet to render a decision on Trump’s claim. It’s been nearly a month, after all.
Why, it only took 18 days past oral arguments for another panel of the D.C. Circuit to “largely reject” the former president’s challenge to the First Amendment-bludgeoning gag order against him, Marcus whines.
What does it take to get a decent star chamber in D.C. these days?! Marcus seems to blame a dearth of Biden appointees on the appeals court panel.
“The immunity panel included two Biden appointees — Florence Pan and Michelle Childs — and a George H.W. Bush nominee, Karen Henderson,” the WaPo columnist writes. “They appeared disposed to rule against Trump, but perhaps a concurring or even dissenting opinion is slowing things down.”
“Your honors, the clock is ticking more loudly every day,” Marcus admonishes.
The clock in this case has nothing to do with the legitimate turning of the wheels of justice but the left’s political fever to dispose of Trump before the party conventions this summer. If the multiple, politically weaponized indictments against Democrat President Joe Biden’s most likely challenger don’t end in quick convictions — if they are bogged down by superfluous judicial concepts like due process and defendants’ rights — well, that’s going to be a real stick in the machine to reelect Biden.