NY vs. Trump: A trial in search of an imaginary crime

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s Theater of the Absurd entered its third week, still without any evidence of crimes committed by the accused.  

Playwright Samuel Beckett would be proud. The Trump hush money trial is like “Waiting for Godot” —a chaotic and nonsensical plot of absurdist fiction. The titular Godot, of course, never arrives. It is an apt metaphor for Bragg’s case against Donald Trump. Jurors may be waiting in vain for criminal offenses that don’t actually exist in the law.  

All of which makes it a trial in search of an imaginary crime.  

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But the District Attorney seems utterly unbothered that his charges are mutable, ill-defined, illusory, or just plain absent.  Instead, he’s contrived a histrionic legal fable meant to fool the jury into thinking that Trump should be convicted for assignations with nefarious people like his ex-lawyer and convicted perjurer, Michael Cohen, as well as erstwhile porn star, Stormy Daniels.  

Stormy Daniels (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, another illusion of wrongdoing took center stage when Cohen’s banker, Gary Farro, testified that his client seemed anxious to create a shell

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