Trump, of course, has not yet been charged despite literally claiming earlier this month that he would be arrested on Tuesday of last week, which whipped the news cycle into an indictment-watch frenzy.
Meanwhile, recent reports have suggested, for different reasons, that should Trump be indicted, it might not happen until several weeks from now. On Wednesday, Politico noted that the grand jury examining the hush money case isn’t expected to hear evidence “for the next month largely due to a previously scheduled hiatus,” which would “push any indictment of the former president to late April at the earliest.” One day prior, Insider reported that it’s possible the jury has already decided whether or not to charge the ex-president, but the DA’s office may have decided to “slow-walk the post-vote process for days, forestalling the moment when Trump is officially indicted, as is in their discretion and power to do,” according to legal experts.
Like Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis shuns digital communication
Unlike with Trump, this appears to be less about being a Luddite and more about not creating a paper trail. Per Semafor:
If you’re waiting for a text or email back from Florida gov. Ron DeSantis, don’t hold your breath: The governor, at least in his official capacity, doesn’t text or email, according to two people familiar with his operation…. Sources pointed to Florida’s unusually broad laws allowing the public access to a whole host of information—the Sunshine Law and the Public Records Law—as another possible reason why DeSantis avoids electronic communication. The combined laws grant access to records and detailed information on government proceedings and meetings.
“He is enemy number one for a lot of people,” one source said of DeSantis, adding that the governor had nothing in particular to hide. “I think that’s more of taking a ‘better safe than sorry’ approach.” In fact, when you email with the governor’s official office, a disclaimer alluding to the law can often be found at the bottom of emails: “Please note that under Florida law correspondence sent to the Governor’s Office, which is not confidential or exempt pursuant to chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes, is a public record made available upon request.”
Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that Trump, after eschewing technology for the majority of his life, had “at last become a texter,” a development that has associates concerned about what he might say and the potential trouble it could lead to. As the outlet noted: “The former president’s [previous] resistance to texting frustrated investigators for the House Jan. 6 committee as they tried to track his thoughts and actions when he worked to overturn the 2020 election. In his testimony before the committee, the former president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., said he texted the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, during the Capitol attack because his father ‘doesn’t text.’”
NATO, NAFTA, same diff/no diff