Date: August 28, 2022
“According to a new report, investigators at the DOJ have said that they can’t trust a single thing that Donald Trump’s attorneys are telling them. But the mistrust isn’t because these lawyers are terrible, it is because Trump has been known to lie and withhold information from his own legal team. Farron Cousins explains what this means for Trump going forward.
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According to a report from the New York times this week by Maggie Haberman, the DOJ officials at the DOJ say that they cannot believe a single word that Donald Trump’s lawyers are telling them as they continue to have talks, negotiate, whatever it is, they can’t believe what Trump’s lawyers are telling them. And believe it or not folks, it’s not actually because Donald Trump just has the worst lawyers in the country, which, you know, arguably at least in my opinion, I think he does, but it’s because the report says Donald Trump is so shifty that he changes his mind so frequently. And of course that he withholds information, even from his own legal team, that the DOJ can no longer believe whatever it is that his lawyers are telling them because they think even these lawyers don’t know the truth. Let me read this. This is remarkable justice department officials who have maintained an open channel with Mr.
Trump’s representatives have said they operate under the assumption that none of his attorneys can speak with authority for the former president, knowing he’s liable to change his mind in a moment or withhold information from his own representatives. Of course, this means that Donald Trump is probably in a lot more trouble than he otherwise would be. And here’s why I say that that’s not the downplay that even if they could believe his lawyers, he wouldn’t be in trouble. He’s absolutely still in trouble. But what this means is that as these lawyers continue to cooperate, negotiate, you know, whatever it is with DOJ officials, these same officials understand that whatever information the lawyers are giving them is likely either false because Trump’s already changed his mind or is totally incomplete. So let me throw out an example of what could possibly happen. If Trump’s lawyers go there and they swear up and down, listen, you have all the documents.
There is nothing else hidden anywhere. There’s no more things to turn over. You do not need to come back down to Malago, which of course is still an open possibility, right? The DOJ wants more surveillance footage, which would indicate that they believe more documents were either removed from Malago or moved to a different spot. After the informant had told the FBI what was there, the DOJ upon hearing the lawyers assure them that nothing else is there typically would say, okay, you’re the, you’re the lawyers. You know, you can’t lie to us. We believe you. But in the instance with Trump, they’re looking at these lawyers coming in there, swearing up and down, that one thing is happening. And there’s like, yeah, we, we don’t follow. We don’t believe you. Not because we think you’re straight up lying to us, but we don’t believe you because we don’t think even, you know, the truth, you
Know, know as any good lawyer will tell you, they can only do so much with what their client gives them. And if their client withholds information, if their client lies to the lawyer that can and will, and frequently does completely destroy a case, like absolutely just 100% kills it. And that could be the situation that we are dealing with with regard to Donald Trump, based on what the DOJ seems to believe now, believe is the important part there, because we currently do not know if Donald Trump is withholding information from his legal team, or if he’s lying to them, or if they’re lying to the DOJ, we don’t know any of that, right? This is all speculation from the New York times, but it is something that Donald Trump’s legal team needs to consider. You’re trying to negotiate in good faith, but your client, Donald Trump might not be engaging in good faith conversation with you to begin with, which could make you look very stupid in front of both the DOJ. And of course the American public at large.”