Eric Swalwell: President Trump and His Gang Are No Different Than the Street Gangs I’ve Prosecuted | Opinion
I prosecuted gang cases on some of the roughest streets in America, and I quickly learned that some of my best evidence came from what the gangster did after the crime.
I’d listen to jail calls in which witnesses were told to not snitch. I saw the defendant try to get to get witnesses’ addresses, hoping to intimidate or take out prime evidence. I saw one particular homicide defendant go to great lengths to manufacture an alibi, doctoring surveillance videos and work time cards to cover up his involvement in the crime.
The jury always relied heavily upon such evidence when considering guilt. Why? Because innocent people don’t intimidate witnesses or manufacture alibis. People with nothing to hide need not go to such illegal lengths to prove their innocence.
President Donald Trump and his gang are no different than street gangs I’ve prosecuted. We should treat his after-the-crime conduct the same way.