Biden will be back in PA tomorrow – will he talk about the Trump trial? 

May 28 – President Joe Biden has made 16 trips to Pennsylvania so far during his campaign season. 

The battleground state is an important stop on the campaign trail. He’s making his 17th trip to PA tomorrow. 

Mostly, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have had the privilege of hearing the president speak. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said it’s “reflective of just how important we are electorally in this presidential election. Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley in particular, are critical areas for Trump and Biden. They know turnout is the key and they know there’s a lot of those swing counties in that area. It’s not clear what he’s going to roll out, if these are purely just PR type things or if he’s going to roll out some kind of a policy, but you’re going to see a lot more of Biden and Trump as we get into this general election.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “The occupant of the White House apparently is going to break silence on Trump trials as closing arguments for the hush money trial are underway today. The president’s vow of silence regarding his political rival’s criminal trials may soon come to an end. I don’t know how to feel about that. But my spidey sense says this isn’t a place that you need to be in here.”

Barkdoll said, “I was a little surprised over the weekend. There’s even some reporting that President Biden may address the nation about this trial and I found that very odd. Now some of the reporting late last night was his pitch may be, and remember closing arguments or today. The jury may have this case as soon as today. The pitch might be whatever the jury decides is right and that’s our system. If they convict him, that’s the right decision. If they find him not guilty, that’s the right decision. If it’s a hung jury, that’s the right decision. So the idea being Biden not really taking a position, but just encouraging the country to accept whatever the verdict might be. I see the merit in that kind of a message. But there are naturally concerns about where things may go this week, depending on what this jury does, you’re going to have half of the country that just says this whole thing is ill legitimate and does that cause all kinds of problems? I don’t know if that’s the strategy here, does Biden want to get out in front of that kind of a dynamic unfolding?”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “It’s very hard for me to believe. I’m already seeing a headline if he would be convicted, ‘Biden campaign will try to show voters Trump is much worse in the event of a guilty verdict.’ Now, it’s hard to believe there’s going to be a guilty verdict here. It’s hard to believe at least one juror wasn’t convinced of reasonable doubt given the kind of testimony that was brought from their two star witnesses and the nonsense that happened during this trial. It’s very, very hard to believe they have 12 people that will be in lockstep to give a guilty verdict. In this crazy day and age, I can’t rule anything out, but let’s say it’s not. Let’s say it’s probably a hung jury, because I also believe they don’t have 12 people that will be willing to say he’s not guilty either. So a hung jury. What does Biden do in that case? Does anyone believe that he’s just going to come out with a well the jury system is what it is and everything’s fine, or is he going to play on the idea well, at least some people thought he was guilty, so whether there’s going to be a retrial this or not, this really confirms to me that he’s as bad as people think he is, which would be a bizarre thing for a president to do. But I have a hard time believing he’s going to do what you just said.”

Barkdoll agreed, “I’ll believe it when I see it. Again, that is the reporting last night. It does strike me as odd. If I were to bet on this, I still think a hung jury is the most likely outcome, knowing that juries are just completely unpredictable.” 

There’s also a fourth scenario. 

Barkdoll said, “The jury could find him not guilty on some of the charges and guilty on other charges. That’s a common dynamic you’ll see in a jury deliberation. They can’t all agree, so they kind of compromise and split it up. That is also a possibility here but again, if the jury gets this today, this of course will dominate the news all week. They could deliberate for a few hours or they could deliberate for days, maybe even weeks. Of course, the whole world will be watching what this jury decides to do.” 

Ryan insisted, “He (Biden) just does not belong and this either way, and it clearly shows you’re just sticking your nose into a place that you just don’t need to be in here. But hey, listen, when you’re talking about this guy, I can’t be surprised at some of the things that he’s doing here.”

Jansen added, “I didn’t even think about that split thing. I’m worried. I believe in this day and age when people will talk about compromise that instead of saying no there’s reasonable doubt about all these, they could do that. What do you think would be the ones that they would convict him on?”

Barkdoll said, “This is where it gets tricky with jury instructions and the proposed jury verdict because the base charges are misdemeanors, but then remember to get it to the felony, there’s this alley oop scenario that they have to show that the misdemeanors were in furtherance of another crime, which then triggers a felony. It’s really complicated. It’s never been brought apparently in New York State Court before, but they possibly could just convict him on the misdemeanor only, which is the falsifying business records. The punishment for that would likely be some kind of a fine. You can imagine if those 12 get in there, and they’re spinning their wheels day after day, and remember, there’s two attorneys on that jury, does this kind of a scenario become a compromise to just move it off the dime and to reach a decision?”