The 2016 presidential election has been thrown into tumult ever since FBI Director, James Comey, reopened the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails.”
Donald Trump has been riding high ever since, saying that Clinton’s email scandal is, “bigger than Watergate.”
The timing couldn’t be more perfect for the GOP presidential candidate as the new probe comes a little more than a week before Election Day on November 8. With the polls tightening, Trump needs all the help he can get.
And help it has, as Comey’s announcement also comes at a time when Donald Trump’s own staggering legal troubles could have come under the media’s scrutiny.
Just a few weeks after Election Day, On November 28, a federal court in San Diego will being hearing one of two pending lawsuits, presided by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, alleging that the Trump University program was deceptively marketed.
Curiel, of course, is the judge who Trump disparaged by saying that he could not be impartial during the trial because of his Mexican heritage.
The Republican presidential nominee is expected to be called as a witness at the trial, which was delayed in part to accommodate his presidential campaign.
At the same time, Trump is also set to go to court for a hearing on December 16 for a lawsuit filed by woman who claims that the GOP candidate raped her in 1994 when she was 13 and threatened to harm her and her family if she went public.
The suit alleges that Trump and his billionaire friend Jeffrey Epstein lured the then teenager and several other young women to parties with promises of modeling careers and cash.
The case, however, is a little more complicated as the women’s attorneys need to convince a federal judge to waive New York’s five-year statute of limitation on civil rape cases.
She argues that her “freedom of will” to speak was being denied by Trump’s threats of retaliation against her family.
Trump has denied all the allegations, telling Radar Online: “The allegations are not only categorically false, but disgusting at the highest level and clearly framed to solicit media attention or, perhaps, are simply politically motivated. There is absolutely no merit to these allegations. Period.”
Noted author Salman Rushdie had some choice words to say about Trump’s predicament and the election in general in a post on Facebook.
When CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin questioned Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, about the woman’s lawsuit compared to Clinton’s email controversy, she jeered at the question.
“Oh, come on,” Conway exclaimed. “That you would analogize the two [cases]. Give me a break.”
Presumption of innocence notwithstanding, the notion that some supposed controversial emails can trump alleged statutory rape is an alarming one.
But these are the kind of equivalencies this election has come down to.
November 8 can’t come soon enough. Hopefully our long national nightmare will finally be over.
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