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Trump’s docs case now considered a “slam dunk” –
FBI reportedly interviewed Trump’s White House lawyers,
Trump attempts to hire seasoned lawyers – hears “No.”

Neal Katyal Re-tweet: This is not just story #57, it is Trump confessing to the crime.
If this report is accurate, Trump is saying he took these doc for his personal gain. It’s no defense to say “the govt was going to be unfair.” These are the govt’s docs, not his. He doesn’t get to hide them & benefit


This video should be seen by every American: MSNBC’s Morning Joe: In 2016, Trump promised to enforce laws on classified material – In 2016 during a campaign stop, Donald Trump promised to ‘enforce all laws’ to protect classified material.

+ MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell: [Harvard Constitutional Law Professor Laurence] Tribe: Merrick Garland Has A ‘Slam Dunk Case’ Against Trump

+ Orin Kerr, UC Berkeley Law Professor: Patrick Philbin, Trump’s deputy White House Counsel, who Trump appointed to make sure Trump records ended up properly at the National archives, tried to get Trump to turn over the records. Trump refused, saying the records are “mine,” “not theirs.”

+ Andrew Weissmann: Legally, this is a confession, not a defense, even if Trump thinks this plays to his base. The more Trump keeps talking, the more he keeps digging his legal grave.

+ MSNBC: FBI reportedly interviewed White House lawyers about missing docs [Pat A. Cipollone and Patrick F. Philbin are the most senior former Trump aides known to have been interviewed in the investigation into his handling of classified material.]

+ The Washington Post: Trump is rushing to hire seasoned lawyers — but he keeps hearing ‘No’ – The former president’s current legal team includes a Florida insurance lawyer who’s never had a federal case, a past general counsel for a parking-garage company and a former host at far-right One America News

More news from a really bad day on Wednesday for Trump

+ The New York Times: Plea Deal Requires Weisselberg to Testify at Trump Organization Trial – The chief financial officer of the former president’s business is expected to admit to 15 felonies on Thursday and to take the stand at the company’s trial. accessible text here [Editor’s note: The Trump Organization is in potentially major peril with Weisselberg testifying against the company and the only person that signed the checks, Donald J. Trump.]

+ Raw Story: ‘Once Weisselberg pleads guilty it’s over for the Trump Org’: Ex-prosecutor Andrew Weissmann

+ The New York Times: Jan. 6 Grand Jury Has Subpoenaed White House Documents – The subpoena, issued in May to the National Archives, demanded all documents the agency had provided to the House committee’s parallel investigation.

+ The New York Times: Rudy Giuliani, a target in Georgia’s inquiry into election interference efforts, appeared before an Atlanta grand jury.

+ NBC News: Pence says he would consider testifying before the Jan. 6 committee – One mystery Pence could solve is what he told Trump during a tense phone call Jan. 6 in the hours before rioters ransacked the Capitol and threatened the vice president’s life.

Posted by Steve on August 17, 2022 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

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