President Trump is a man who many would believe is used to getting the last laugh. His reputation as a keen negotiator precedes him wholly, and those who dare gaze at him from across the table should be weary; the man is sharp.
Trump is also a man who tends to get what he wants, and with a panache that only he himself can muster. I don’t care how good you think someone’s impression of him is…they can’t bowl over billionaires they way that the real Donald Trump can. So when it comes to getting what he wants, Trump is a no-frills, no nonsense kind of guy. He’s a the kind of man who’d walk through a river because the bridge was out of the way.
Trump is also a man who is far more nuanced and wry than many give him credit for, entirely due to his instincts in the boardroom. That’s why when we heard about Trump taking up the case of Martha Stewart, we knew that there had to be more to this story than meets the eye.
Stewart, who founded a lifestyle and home merchandising company, was convicted in 2004 on charges related to insider stock trading. Stewart sold stock based on a non-public tip she received and avoided a loss on her shares of ImClone Systems, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. She was found guilty at trial on several felony charges, including conspiracy and making false statements to federal investigators, and was sentenced to five months in prison. She was released in 2005.
Blagojevich, a Democrat, was impeached and removed from office in 2009 on corruption charges related to his solicitation of bribes in an attempt to “sell” Barack Obama’s open Senate seat. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison and is serving his term at the low-security Federal Correctional Institute in Englewood, Colorado.
And while Martha Stewart seems to be doing just fine without a Presidential pass, the move could be signaling something else entirely: A reversal of work done by James Comey, who was responsible for Stewart’s prosecution.
Comey has, of course, been on President Trump’s radar since the days of Candidate Trump after the disgraced former FBI director refused to prosecute Hillary Clinton in a sham investigation on charges far more serious than those being laid at the feet of Martha Stewart. This warning shot over the head of Comey was certainly not coincidence alone, and, given Trump’s keen acumen for getting even, Jimmy C. had better keep his eyes peeled.
Or, better, yet, he had better be listening for the President’s last laugh.