This is not so much my fervent wish than my best guess.
It will take a few years to play out as the case load will be heavy, a select stream of a star-studded cast of men and women who have already earned stars on the Establishment Politic’s Boulevard-of-Fame.
Out of sight, alongside them, will be a much larger group from deeper inside the catacombs of the bureaucracy, names as anonymous as Peter Strozk and Lisa Page once were, or names like Papadopolous or Halper, each now known because of a media leak of a confidential source. They will accept a variety of plea-offers in exchange for evidence, and will also face their day in court, only with less fanfare.
Dozens, perhaps even hundreds more, will resign or retire, some maybe with full benefits, depending on their relative guilt and their contributions to the prosecution.
Still, tens of thousands more in the federal government already go to bed each night fearing that tomorrow their name might appear in a media report about one of their colleagues they just happened to bump into at an office picnic.
As for duration, these trials will be more like Nuremberg than anything seen in America in recent years, which held 12 trials over 3 years, against 185 defendants, convicting 147. So they were not tried individually, even the most heinous of the criminals standing 18 abreast.
So don’t tell me an American government doesn’t know how to pull off such a mass shindig successfully[…]
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