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New Trump revelations will make it like 'shooting fish in a barrel' for prosecutors: legal expert
According to former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, Donald Trump's conflicting statements about how he went about declassifying sensitive government documents -- along with comments made about possibly sharing them -- will make it easy for DOJ attorneys to rip his testimony apart if he is indicted by special counsel Jack Smith.
Appearing on "The Saturday Show' with host Jonathan Capehart, Kirshner's eyes lit up when recounting how the former president is handing prosecutors all they need.
"How significant is it that there is an audio recording of what we're talking about?" host Capehart pressed.
"It's huge, Jonathan," Kirscher fired back. "I've tried wiretap cases in the federal courthouse three blocks away, RICO cases, in fact. When you can present to the jury the crime being committed, or being discussed by the very person on trial who's sitting across the courtroom from the jury, it's evidentiary gold."
"And most importantly, when you can take two audio recordings, or two videos, one with Donald Trump saying 'I declassified everything with my mind' or 'it was automatically declassified when I took it with me from the White House,' and you can immediately thereafter play an audio recording of him six months after leaving the presidency saying, 'I'd like to show this to you, but it's classified,' jurors get the point."
"It might feel good that Donald Trump in the moment, saying these things on faux news networks or in town halls but, boy, once prosecutors can surgically present this stuff to a jury, it's going to be like shooting fish in a barrel," he added.
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Trump's lawyers will 'cut their losses' when indictments come: Guardian reporter
Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday morning, Guardian reporter Hugo Lowell predicted a massive reshuffling within Donald Trump's legal team if and when special counsel Jack Smith indicts the former president.
Speaking with host Katie Phang and co-panelist Joyce Vance, Lowell claimed the chaos among Trump's team of lawyers -- who have reportedly been bickering and fighting with each other over strategy -- has settled down for now but that can be expected to change if Smith files charges.
With Vance speculating when indictments may come down, host Phang asked Lowell about his reporting on the Trump lawyer turmoil.
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Noting that Lowell has called r the former president's battling lawyers a "trainwreck," Phang asked, "The fact there's a level of disorganization and infighting in Trump's legal team, [is that] going to create more problems for Donald Trump?"
"I think, you know, it's certainly possible, right?" he replied. "We reported this week that there's been a level of distrust and interpersonal conflict, that we did not previously appreciate. And it has been going on since September and it has lasted all the way through and along the way, there's been a murder-suicide pact."
"Along the way there have been some lawyers withholding legal deliberations and kind of legal strategy, thinking from other co-counsel. because they were worried they might brief their sort of perceived rivals," he added. "This, I think, reached a head a few weeks ago when Tim Parlatore one of the lawyers on the legal team resigned."
Adding that it appears the lawyers are "on their best behavior" now, he continued, "I think if it does get an indictment, you should probably expect a reorganization of the legal team."
"We should be looking at whether the reorganization is to kind of cut their losses about their last team, and see if they can start a new one," he added.
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‘A first’ from Mars: European spacecraft sends livestream from red planet
A European spacecraft around Mars sent its first livestream from the red planet to Earth on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of its launch, but rain in Spain interfered at times.
The European Space Agency broadcast the livestream with views courtesy of its Mars Express, launched by a Russian rocket from Kazakhstan in 2003.
It took nearly 17 minutes for each picture to reach Earth, nearly 200 million miles (300 million kilometers) away, and another minute to get through the ground stations.
The transmission was disrupted at times by rainy weather at the deep space-relay antenna in Spain.
Still, enough images made it through to delight the European space officials hosting the hourlong livestream. The initial views showed about one-third of Mars, which gradually grew bigger in the frames before shrinking again as the spacecraft circled the planet. White clouds could clearly be seen in some of the shots.
“If you were currently sitting on board Mars Express ... this is what you would be seeing,” said Simon Wood, the mission's spacecraft operations engineer. “We typically don't normally get images in this way.”
Pictures and other data usually are stored aboard the spacecraft and later transmitted to Earth, according to Wood, when the spacecraft's antenna can be pointed this way.
Near real-time footage from so far away is "rather rare," according to ESA. The agency pointed to the live broadcasts by the Apollo moonwalkers more than a half-century ago and, more recently, live snippets from spacecraft deliberately crashing into the moon and an asteroid.
“These missions were all pretty close to home and others farther away sent perhaps an image or two in near real-time. When it comes to a lengthy livestream from deep space, this is a first,” ESA said in a statement before the event.
The rain on the plains in Spain cut into the number of pictures shown. ESA devoted only an hour to the livestream because it did not want to overload the spacecraft's batteries.
Mars Express traveled to the red planet with a lander, dubbed Beagle-2, which lost contact with Earth as it attempted to touch down on the Martian surface.
More than a decade later, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured pictures of Beagle-2. Although it made it to the surface, the lander's solar panels didn't fully unfurl.
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