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John Oliver mocks Trump's indictment-panic on display in a message to farmers
Late-night host John Oliver began his Sunday show by highlighting the news that Donald Trump thinks he's getting arrested on Tuesday.
It's not happening, as it would mean the grand jury would be forced to vote to indict, and the district attorney's office would have to finish all of their paperwork on it, issue an arrest warrant and have it approved by a judge all in 24 hours. But that doesn't mean that a possible arrest isn't going to happen. If Trump's social media account is any indication, he's having a meltdown, certain that it will.
Over the course of the last few nights, the former president has deployed his caps-lock strategy to digitally scream into the virtual void.
"If you're wondering how he's doing right now, don't worry because, in this video that he released directed toward farmers, it seems like he's doing great," Oliver said sarcastically.
He showed a clip of the video in which Trump droned on and on and on about how he was so great for family farmers and claimed he killed the estate tax so if farmers wanted to pass their farms onto their children, they could. But only if they actually liked their children. Some people don't like their children, Trump explained, in a way that seemed a little too close to home.
As a fact check, Trump never killed the estate tax. It simply raised it from $5.6 million to over $11 million. Most people, however, that own estates that are in the multi-millions of dollars have accountants and lawyers that can help them design a trust that passes everything over to their inheritance tax-free and without the need for probate court.
"I mean, he's still got it," said Oliver. "He has still got it. And by 'it' I mean whatever it is that is so deeply wrong with his brain. Do you know how much you have to hate your kids to get distracted by that thought in the middle of a political speech? 'We should have pulled out troops from the region sooner. Speaking of regretting not pulling out sooner, Don Jr.' And then they shot that with two cameras! They cut something out of that! And given what they kept in, I am dying to know what it was!"
He went on to note that Trump stuck the landing at the end with "have fun," which he called "impeccable."
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Trump implies the NYPD won't arrest him because he's 'their greatest champion and friend'
Donald Trump took to his social media site on Sunday for another all-caps rant detailing what he's thinking about as a possible indictment looms.
This time it was Trump being arrested by the New York Police Department, which he claimed would never happen because they were friends of his. He thinks that the NYPD is willing to break the law to protect him.
"CAN YOU IMAGINE THE GREAT NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, CORRECTLY REFERRED TO AS 'NEW YORK CITY’S FINEST,' WHO, FOR THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME IN HISTORY, ENDORSED A PRESIDENT, ME, & HONORED ME AS 'MAN OF THE YEAR,' HAVING TO DEFEND & PROTECT THE 'DEFUNDERS' & 'COP HATERS' OF THE RADICAL LEFT THAT WANT TO PUT THEIR GREATEST CHAMPION & FRIEND IN PRISON FOR A CRIME THAT DOESN’T EXIST..."
Over the weekend, Trump falsely claimed that he was going to be arrested on Tuesday. He begged his supporters for help "protesting." Since then, there's been a significant uptick in conversations about weapons preparation.
One thread on Reddit Saturday, shared by a Daily Beast reporter, began by talking about the "patriot mote," a circle around Mar-a-Lago that would protect Trump. Someone then asked what they would do if the police used helicopters. A reply said that they would shoot the police down.
The Daily Beast called both the Palm Beach Police and the NYPD. while the former wouldn't respond, the NYPD said that their officers were "closely monitoring social media as well as intelligence from federal authorities and other police departments to assess the size of any protests."
There is a plan in place that would allow the NYPD to deploy about 700 officers in a "disorder control" from the Strategic Response Group. They would also deploy a Level 4 alert, which would ensure eight officers and one sergeant that would be on alert in every precinct.
They didn't say whether the NYPD officers were willing to quit their jobs instead of arresting the former president.
On MSNBC Sunday, Dr. Mary Trump, the former president's niece, said that she's not as worried about New York or Washington, D.C., but in places that aren't prepared for events like this.
About half an hour following the first post, Trump put up another all-caps rant, falsely claiming that somehow D.A. Alvin Bragg was breaking the law because he interviewed Michael Cohen. Prosecutors can interview anyone they want for cases they're working, as can grand juries. He went on to call for Bragg to be "held accountable," claiming it was part of a crime. That crime, he claimed, was "interference in a presidential election," something that Trump is, ironically, very familiar with.
Trump biographer explains just how terrified the ex-president is of indictment — and losing his supporters
Donald Trump ally, Robert Costello, is headed to the grand jury on Monday in an attempt to defend Donald Trump by tearing down the testimony of Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen.
Speaking to MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner explained that Cohen is also being asked to stand by to refute whatever Costello says.
"The reporting is that at one point in time, when Michael Cohen was thinking about basically flipping and breaking away from Donald Trump, beginning to tell the truth about his own crimes, the crimes of Donald Trump, Bob Costello was dispatched to try to keep Michael Cohen back into the fold," recalled Kirschner. "I'll tell you, if I were a prosecutor and I got to dig into a guy like Bob Costello in the grand jury, boy, I have a whole lot of fun doing it. People may not know that often prosecutors will 'grand jury cases exhaustively.' What I mean by that is they'll put every witness before the grand jury that they believe has relevant evidence. Not just relevant evidence that might incriminate the target of the investigation and forward the investigation, but potential defense witnesses."
He gave an example if he was investigating a murder case and caught wind of a bogus alibi witness, he could craft the prosecution blueprint for the trial ahead of time.
"That's what I feel like is going on here," said Kirschner. "And if I were the prosecutor, I'd welcome Bob Costello with open arms, and I would recall Michael Cohen to set the record straight."
Former biographer David Cay Johnston explained that prosecutors in all of these cases appear to be trying to shore up their cases to ensure they're "rock-solid." That is likely why special counsel Jack Smith at the Justice Department is talking to every possible witness, including employees and guests at Mar-a-Lago.
D.A. "Alvin Bragg is doing the same thing. He's making sure that defense madness was maybe a cockamamie story that comes out of nowhere and muddy the waters," he said. "He wants to have a very clear case. I've watched cases, particularly when I wrote about it at great length in the L.A. Times, where the failure of police to interview every witness at a car crash where a little boy was killed and it resulted in acquittal. Because witnesses came forward with things that the D.A. wasn't prepared for."
Costello has previously represented Rudy Giuliani as well as Steve Bannon, and legal analyst Lisa Rubin explained it could open him up to a number of questions about how Trump World operates.
Kirschner then addressed criticism that the cases were all politically motivated. He said that they are, but not in the way that Republicans are claiming.
"Any violation of the law is worth pursuing, but you know, at its while placed criticism I've maintained, for a very long time now, Donald Trump violated federal statutes, he's a federal problem, and that should involve a federal solution that looks like federal indictments. But let's face it, the Department of Justice has lagged behind. It's unfortunate that states are being made to go first," lamented Kirschner.
But it was Johnston that recalled the Billy Bush tape in which Trump said he could sexually assault women and no one would care. Republicans at that time came out and denounced it, and they needed to do something. Then the head of the FBI announced he was investigating Hillary Clinton's emails, and everyone forgot about it.
"It was a diversion, and Donald is a con artist, he's a master con artist, he is the most successful con artist in the history of the world," Johnston explained. "And now, what he's trying to do in rallying his followers, and trying to rile people is again, a diversion. He's terrified of being indicted. He's terrified of being in handcuffs, even if it's in for five minutes. And having to be fingerprinted and mugshot. That's the core thing you need to watch here. I don't know that his support is going to survive these arrests. We've already seen that his numbers are dropping in a number of polls despite his claims that the strength is growing every day."
He recalled that Trump tends to make things up, so things like support or polls or money are all lies.
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