The case for pardoning the coup conspirators who targeted Trump, et al.

May 24, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – Now that the Mueller Report has returned a definitive finding of no collusion and failed to conclude there was any obstruction, the next phase of this national scandal will move on, as it should, to the “investigation of the investigators.”

There is a growing likelihood (certainty) that government bureaucrats (the “Deep State”) and elected officials used the U.S. national intelligence and law enforcement apparatus to illegally target and violate the rights of U.S. citizens in order to tar and feather candidate and President Donald J. Trump. That officials of our government did so, likely at the direction of elected officials, should be of great concern to any right thinking American, no matter what their political stripe.

If, in the end, there was indeed such a conspiracy (as certainly appears to be the case), then all Americans should want justice done, and the conspirators punished. But as now seems to be happening, if one side completely ignores the evidence or defends the conspirators out of political calculation, philosophical affiliation or hatred of President Trump; then the lesson to be learned becomes: if “they” did it, “we” can do it. There then would be a corrupted race to the top of the ladder, i.e., “let’s do it to them before they do it to us.” Instead of our laws, defense and intelligence assets being the means to prevent tyranny, they will merely become the means by which to achieve it. The American Republic would suffer the same fate as the Roman Republic.

I believe President Trump’s recent declassification order  (see here) is an important step in getting to the truth of what happened, as is the Attorney-General’s appointment of a DOJ prosecutor to look into the possibility of a criminal conspiracy. Americans need the truth. The health of our constitutional republic needs for the truth to come out as well — fully and quickly, so that measures can be put in place to minimize the opportunity for this to happen again, to any one. Further, the world is a dangerous place. America does not need to be distracted by years of a ‘civil war’ fought out on nightly news shows, court cases, political demagoguery, congressional hearings. America cannot be afford to be so paralyzed.

Perhaps one way to avoid this, while getting at the necessary truth, would be for President Trump to jump start the investigative timeline. This might be done by promising pardons to all potential coup conspirators, suspected or unknown, who come forward to DOJ and fully, truthfully and publicly confess their crimes within a set time frame (90 days? 120 days?). After that, no mercy. As Trump and his presidency were the ultimate targets of this soft coup, it would be a magnanimous gesture. It seems to me it would be a win-win for Trump.

The move opens a window of mercy and, as such, is not a vengeful act. It would be an act intended to get quickly at the truth so that remedial action can be taken to put safeguards in place so that it might not happen again. It would remove the aura the Democrats would like to put on the “investigation of the investigators”, i.e., being a “witch hunt” (as if that is not what they are currently engaged in!).

The promise of guaranteed pardons – provided there is full cooperation with investigators, willingness to name and testify against other conspirators, etc. – might actually prompt a ‘stampede’ of the guilty to come forward, fearing their former co-conspirators might take the deal and testify against them if they do not. (The truth coming out as soon as possible would also benefit the President’s re-election campaign as well).

In the end, those who come forward and take the promised pardons would not really escape justice. There might be conditions set upon the pardons (e.g., cannot hold elected political office or serve in government, etc). Though they would go free, they would remain guilty in the court of public opinion, and will rightly — and forever — be vilified by Americans.  But…after the period to accept a pardon offer (90 days? 120 days?) expires, no mercy.

Just an idea from this humble blogger.

Steven O’Reilly is a graduate of the University of Dallas and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Margaret, live near Atlanta with their family. A former intelligence officer, he has written apologetic articles and is working on a historical-adventure trilogy, set during the time of the Arian crisis. The first book of the trilogy should be out later this summer or by early fall. He asks for your prayers for his intentions.  His articles can be read on www.RomaLocutaEst.comHe can be contacted at (or follow on Twitter: @S_OReilly_USA)


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