As you know I am on the right of the political spectrum, but I want to see Trump behind bars. This New York case is a distraction, and I wish they had been patient to let the more serious Federal and Georgia cases play out … …
I rather think of the New York case as a feint instead of an unwanted distraction. In June 1944 Hitler thought the Normandy invasion was a feint, and he waited for a subsequent invasion of Calais that never happened. It didn't matter which invasion was real or a feint, as long as Hitler hesitated.
Let all four cases loose on Trump at once: 1) the New York case; 2) the attempt at tampering with the Georgia election results; 3) the Federal case of the Jan 6 attempted violent insurrection at the Capitol; and 4) the Mar-a-Lago classified document theft, violation of the espionage act, & subsequent obstruction. Trump won't know which one to obstruct first. He might be able to dodge one, but he can't successfully dodge all four at once – especially if he gets overwhelmed, distracted, or hesitant.
It would be wrong to let him off on any of these charges. In 1974, shortly after Nixon fled the White House in disgrace, Gerald Ford was wrong to let him off the hook by an unprecedented pardon in advance of an indictment or conviction. That allowed Nixon to later claim that he was never guilty of anything related to Watergate, despite the overwhelming evidence against him. That disastrous error allowed Trump to falsely proclaim that no president could be charged or found guilty of criminal charges.
Trump has made his intentions absolutely clear that he will ignore the Constitution whenever it suits him. It's time to drop the kid gloves and go for the jugular. It's time to use overwhelming force to convict Trump and send him away in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs.