Maybe you don’t know who Whitey Bulger is so perhaps I should explain. He was a local hoodlum in the Boston area. He grew up in a small section of the city known as South Boston, or Southie to those like me who also grew up there. From his earliest days he lived large – one of those folk who as a teenager runs off and joins the circus for a bit. Later he would be involved locally in tailgating where young guys would jump on the back of trucks and grab some contents and then skedaddle.
He moved up the criminal ladder going from that to bank robbery and got a big bit in the federal pen after the FBI caught up with him. He came back, joined a bookie as a strong armed man, got involved in some shootings with the bookies rivals, and when the smoke cleared his bookie was out of business so he went to join some other criminals, from Roxbury and Somerville, for protection from the rivals. He would still operate out of Southie but had the backing of these other guys so he was able to murder his rivals and take over the crime business in Southie.
One of these other criminals was a gun guy who returned from being on the lam. He was hiding out in Montreal. This guy had been an FBI informant but when he was involved in blowing up a lawyer’s car he was indicted so he had to scram until the FBI could work it out that the charges be dismissed.
He told Whitey what a good deal he had working with the FBI because it protected him from other law enforcement and he could continue his nefarious ways without fear of being apprehended. Whitey knew a good thing when he saw it so he too joined the FBI as an informant in its Top Echelon Informant program. The deal was the FBI would let him operate however he wanted as long as he helped it get other criminals.
Whitey murdered probably a half-dozen give or take a couple while an FBI informant. The other gun guy murdered about twenty. He by the way is now part of a travelling circus going around testifying about other people who murdered nowhere near as many as he did. Eventually, for reasons too complicated to get involved in now, Whitey was indicted by the Feds, he fled for 16 years, was captured, and brought to trial.
Here’s where he and Trump become indistinguishable. Perhaps that may be because the lawyers they hired studied the same type law that is alien to most lawyers.
The latest tweet from the president read: “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!”
Whitey’s defense at his trial was that an Assistant US Attorney Jeremiah O’Sullivan told him that he would not be prosecuted for any crimes he committed as long as he — well it is not clear what the quid was — but it was clear Whitey thought he was above the law. He could rob, murder or rape and would not be charged with anything like that.
That makes Whitey and Donald twins. A person who can pardon himself is like Whitey asserted he was, above the law.
Is Trump right? Is he above the law? Stay tuned to see tomorrow.
Oh, you wonder how Whitey made out. He’s sitting in a federal prison where he will die. No one bought his claim he was above the law.