A sealed indictment is "private, confidential, non-public"
So how does the Wheeling News-Register get a 1300 word article that features mostly Republican attacks?
The indictment against former president Donald Trump is sealed but that doesn’t prevent today’s Wheeling News-Register from giving local Republicans free reign to attack the prosecutor and Democrats. The top-of-the-front-page headline on this morning’s Wheeling News-Register reads:
Local, State Leaders Sound Off On Trump Indictments
The second sentence in the article states the obvious:
The indictment is sealed, and few know what it actually contains.
That statement ought to have tempered the remarks that followed. (Actually, it should have killed the article.) It didn’t, however – two-thirds of the 1300-word article is devoted to Republican attacks on the indictment and the prosecutor.* The rest of the article cites a local professor and two Democrats; neither of which draw any conclusion about what is in the indictment.
Two of the Republicans invoke their favorite scapegoat, George Soros. (See next post down.) Yes, these Republicans have no way of knowing what is in the indictment and yet they tell us that it is unfair, sickening, frightening, shameless, and politically motivated. Wouldn’t it have been nice if just one of these Republican sycophants had been asked “how do you know – the indictment is still sealed?” This is the Wheeling News-Register, however; the paper's stenographers don’t ask questions that embarrass Republicans regardless of how obvious they are.
*My personal favorite is local Ohio Congressman, Bill Johnson, who is fundraising off the indictment:
U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, sent out emails urging constituents to contribute at least $5 to his campaign if they were as outraged as he was about Trump’s indictment.
Nice touch, Congressman – I think Trump would be proud of you.